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UMass Chan Cares charitable giving campaign enters final week

Faculty, staff and students have many choices for donating through Tuesday, Nov. 23

UMass Chan Medical School Communications

November 15, 2021

Members of the UMass Chan Medical School community have until Tuesday, Nov. 23, to participate in the 2021 UMass Chan Cares employee charitable giving campaign. This year’s goal is $200,000. Participants can direct their donations to any of the numerous causes they care about in a time of heightened need as pandemic and economic uncertainty continues.

The Veterans Fund for Research and Education was introduced
by Kristin Mattocks, PhD, MPH, at the ribbon cutting for the new VA clinic
on the UMass Chan campus.

Faculty, students and staff can direct donations to many internal and external funding options:

  • North Quadrant Support Services, UMass Chan’s partnership with Worcester Public Schools
  • UMass Chan Medical School Foundation. Donations to the foundation can be directed to:
      1. UMass Chan Medical School Research Fund
      2. UMass Chan Medical School Student Financial Aid Fund
      3. UMass Chan Medical School Veterans Fund for Health Research and Education 
      4. UMass Chan Medical School Diversity and Inclusion Fund
  • Independent nonprofit organizations via the United Way of Central Massachusetts

The Veterans Fund for Health Research and Education is new this year.

“We are deeply committed to research and education to benefit veterans,” said Kristin Mattocks, PhD, MPH, professor of population & quantitative health sciences and associate dean for veterans affairs, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new VA community-based outpatient clinic on the campus of UMass Chan. “The new UMass Chan Veterans Fund for Health Research and Education will allow UMass Chan investigators to partner with VA Central Western Massachusetts researchers and clinicians to focus on improving health care outcomes and delivery for veterans at this clinic.”

The Office of Government & Community Relations will announce the winners of a weekly raffle for participants at the close of the campaign. Prizes include WooSox tickets, restaurant gift certificates and admission to cultural venues.

“Giving back to our community is a core part of our culture,” said Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine. “Our employees have been quite generous in the past, and I encourage everyone to consider a donation again this year. Big or small, every contribution makes a difference helping those who need it most.”

Donations can be made via payroll deduction, credit card or check at the UMass Chan Cares giving site. Convenient payroll deductions begin January 2022.

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