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Honorary co-chairs named to lead annual COMECC initiative

  Joyce Murphy, MPA
  Joyce A. Murphy, MPA
  Allan Jacobson, PhD
  Allan Jacobson, PhD

Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced that UMass Medical School participation in the annual Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employee Charitable Campaign will be led by honorary co-chairs Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, and Allan S. Jacobson, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems.

Every year, thousands of UMMS employees have a positive impact on the lives of others through donations large and small to the COMECC campaign, the only authorized charitable campaign for state employees.

Chancellor Collins called Murphy and Dr. Jacobson “outstanding campus leaders,” citing Murphy’s devotion to “supporting healthy communities, families and individuals” and Jacobson’s “substantial contributions to medical science and human health.”

Under Jacobson’s stewardship, the Department of Microbiology & Physiological Systems annually is among the top COMECC performers, oftentimes achieving 100 percent departmental participation.

The 2014 COMECC campaign begins Nov. 10 and runs through Nov. 26.

According to the United Way, a one-time donation of $20 buys more than five meals for a homeless person; four books for a child learning to read; or two bottles of vitamins for an elderly person. Just $4 per pay period funds financial literacy education and training for one adult and one 8th grade child. And $20 per pay period provides 20 young students with after school programs offering physical activities, mentoring and homework help.

UMMS is a leader among state agencies participating in the COMECC campaign. Last year, UMMS was the single largest source of donations among all state institutions.

COMECC offers more than 1,000 screened nonprofits to choose from, including local, regional, national and international agencies dedicated to education, health, human services, the environment and more. COMECC allows each donor to choose where their dollars will go.

“If you haven’t traditionally supported a particular charity, please consider selecting your local United Way, which coordinates charity with local communities and nonprofits across Massachusetts, or the UMass Memorial Foundation, which supports research and education at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care,” said James B. Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations.

“The simplest way to donate is to complete the form provided by your department’s COMECC team leader,” said Leary. Additional information regarding the 2014 COMECC campaign will be available in the coming weeks.