You did it! As of Friday, Nov. 17, TCC employees had raised more than $65,000 in contributions to the 2017 Tulsa Area United Way campaign.
“I don’t think there’s a better community partner out there than the United Way,” says Paula Settoon, TCC Dean of Libraries. “So many of our students benefit from services provided by United Way agencies.”
The Tulsa Area United Way provides support and funding to 59 partner agencies in six counties in the Tulsa area. In its 93-year history, the TAUW has raised more than $750 million for the community. With the help of generous community-minded citizens like TCC employees, the 2017 campaign raised more than $25.6 million.
“Our goal was aggressive,” says Settoon. “It’s been a tough year for State education institutions, with many employees not receiving raises. We accomplished our goal with fewer resources.”
The Dean says more than two-thirds of the donated funds come from TCC employee pledges, with the rest generated from planned campus events by the TAUW Committee.
“Events like silent auctions and the Metro campus chili cook-off bring our campuses together,” says Settoon. “It’s really done at the campus level. The committees work very hard.”
TCC also showed out in force for the TAUW Day of Caring, with more than 200 employees participating, fourth most by any organization in Tulsa behind Williams, QuikTrip and Bank of Oklahoma.
“It’s kind of amazing we are able to produce so many volunteers. We have a great administration and they believe in supporting the community,” says Settoon. “Volunteering helps us tie into the community and see it firsthand.”
2017 TCC TAUW Committee
CC – Christina Ursin and Denise Delozier
Metro – Daniele Dennison and Rachel Longacre
NEC - Cheryl Stanley, Scott Mannas, and Gary Young-Allen
SEC – Stephanie Ingold and Matt Mounger
WC – Jenny Beatie and Tim Degeer
Day of Caring – Linda Joyce
Treasurer – Janice Willhite
Chair – Paula Settoon