AUSTIN, Texas–Just about everyone has heard the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Employees at The University of Texas at Austin are reaching deep into their hearts by giving something back to the community through the “UT Hearts of Texas” campaign to help the less fortunate.
The campaign gives UT employees an easy way to contribute to a charitable cause. It is a combined workplace effort that provides a convenient and efficient way to make voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to charities through payroll deductions or one-time donations. The combined campaign involves many charities and offers broad choices in giving.
This year’s UT campaign began Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 13.
“As honorary chair of the campus campaign, I am deeply committed to this effort which supports so many charitable causes that are critical to the well-being of our community, state and nation,” said UT Austin President Larry R. Faulkner.
The campaign’s approved charitable organizations must provide direct or indirect health and human services to Texas residents. State and higher education employees may choose among organizations providing a variety of services: medical care, research, rehabilitation, relief for victims of disasters, environmental protection, international relief and assistance to impoverished individuals.
Last year, state employees contributed more than $4 million. This was an increase of nearly 19 percent from the amount pledged in 1996, and almost double the amount raised in the inaugural year of 1994.
For more information, contact Dr. William S. Livingston, senior vice president of UT Austin, at (512) 471-3266, or Terry Evers, special assistant to the president and University campaign coordinator, at (512) 471-4260.