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United Way seeks $1.8 million in North Shore contributions

North Shore United Way today launched its annual campaign for contributions to fund some 57 health, education, and human services agencies in Evanston and 16 other North Shore communities.

North Shore United Way today launched its annual campaign for contributions to fund some 57 health, education, and human services agencies in Evanston and 16 other North Shore communities.

The kickoff came at a news conference at the Evanston Public Library, featuring remarks by Evanston’s Mayor Tisdahl, Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Superintendent Hardy Murphy, and representatives from the North Shore University Healthcare System, Evanston Township High School, and Northwestern University, all of whom pledged to make a big effort to raise funds from among their employees.

The goal for the campaign this year is $1.8 million, about the same as last year, according to Marla Glabe, president of North Shore United Way.

“Our goal is real meaningful change,” Glabe said. She added that the fundraising group carefully assesses the needs of the area every three years and allocates its funds on the basis of demonstrated need, “helping people who are faced with challenges move from crisis to stability and independence.”

While funds raised on the North Shore stay on the North Shore, Glabe said, she acknowledged that Evanston agencies typically receive allocations in excess of what is raised here because the needs in Evanston are greater than in most other North Shore communities.

Teachers in the two Evanston school districts have challenged each other to see who raises the most funds for the campaign this year—District 65 or 202, about which Superintendent Murphy said, “Nothing but good can come out of this.” 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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