With only two days to go before the end of the 2016 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC), co-chairs Anthony Carruthers, PhD, and Joan Vitello, PhD, are reminding employees of the value of their contributions.
COMECC donations have allowed the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester to offer membership benefits to hundreds of children for $25 a year, a fraction of the $500 to $1,000 it would cost without that support. According to the United Way, a contribution of $5 can pay for a meal, a book or a bottle of vitamins; a $10 contribution buys a shirt or school supplies; and $20 could mean a new pair of sneakers for a child or fresh haircuts for several homeless veterans.
As of last week, the UMMS community has pledged thousands of dollars to worthy causes throughout the commonwealth, country and world. All employees who pledge to COMECC by the close of business on Nov. 23 will be eligible for a raffle. Prizes include restaurant and Hanover Theatre gift certificates, preferred parking spaces, cafeteria vouchers, and a grand prize of a $100 Target gift card.
Dr. Carruthers, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and microbiology & physiological systems, and Dr. Vitello, dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, noted that UMMS employees are historically among the most generous donors in the state.
Donations can be made online here: https://www.umassmed.edu/COMECCDonate.