Hearts of Texas Campaign offers opportunities to give back

Healthy families. Educational opportunities for all children. Compassionate and caring neighbors.

These are just a few of the values University of Texas at Austin employees support through the annual Hearts of Texas Charitable Campaign, which collects donations throughout the month of October.

The outpouring of aid from local nonprofit and faith-based organizations to the thousands of residents displaced as a result of the recent Central Texas wildfires is a reminder of how crucial our area charities are. Given the recent economic conditions in Texas and the wildfire crises, there is need for university employees to assist our local charities now more than ever.

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Since 1996, the Hearts of Texas has provided an easy and efficient way for employees to make donations to causes they care about. Donations may be made online through a payroll deduction plan or employees may donate by cash or check to their departmental representative.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, honorary chair of the campaign and the vice president for diversity and community engagement, encourages all employees to make a donation, no matter the amount.

"In uncertain economic times, it is even more important to reach out to those individuals who have the greatest need," Vincent said. "By pooling our donations -- small and large -- University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff can make a real and lasting difference to communities, individuals in need, and to worthwhile nonprofit organizations who provide needed services and resources."

Employees may choose from more than 500 organizations that have been pre-screened by the Capital Area United Way. University President Bill Powers suggests faculty and staff look through the Hearts of Texas donation booklet and identify organizations "that have benefited you, your family, a co-worker, or anyone who is special to you."

"Please consider entering the virtuous cycle of giving by opening your heart to those who need and deserve your help through these organizations," Powers said. "Our talents and our treasure can enrich others, just as others have already enriched us."

Learn more about the Hearts of Texas campaign and browse a list of departmental representatives.