The University of Texas at Austin
  • Hearts of Texas charitable campaign kicks off

    By Tara Chandler
    Published: Oct. 3, 2007

    Donations as small as $5 can save the lives of 50 babies suffering from life-threatening sickness while $10 delivers a nutritious lunch to three homebound elderly or disabled persons and $20 provides the materials to build one room in a new house for a homeless family.

    “I’ve been very, very blessed in my life, and I feel it is important to help those who are less fortunate,” said Kathy Bartsch, executive assistant to President William Powers Jr. “I support the Hearts of Texas campaign because it’s a valuable tool that makes giving back to the community easy.”

    Past participants said the ease of donating and learning about the organizations contributed to their continued support of the campaign.

    “Between the payroll deduction option and the on-line donation process that remembers last year’s information, it’s never been so easy to give away money,” Frost said.

    Doug Bolin, artistic director for the Office of Relationship Management and University Events, said the campaign provides a single point of contact for numerous organizations, both locally and nationally, making it easy for him to research whom he wants to support.

    “Each group’s purpose, operational cost and other valuable information is available in one convenient location, allowing me to make a quick, yet informed decision.”

    The list of more than 500 organizations makes it easy for employees to find something they are passionate about.

    Bolin chooses to support organizations “making a tangible difference in people’s lives,” such as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Meals on Wheels, AIDS Services of Austin and the UT Staff Emergency Fund.

    Bartsch contributes each year to Habitat for Humanity.

    “I like Habitat because it enables families to achieve the American dream – affordable, quality housing,” she said. “They build communities, not just houses.”

    The campaign also serves as an important tool in living the university’s motto “What Starts Here Changes the World,” Bolin said.

    “It allows each employee the ability to give back to our community in his or her own way,” he said. “It allows us to show collectively that buried deep in one of the biggest institutions in Texas, are the biggest hearts of Texas.”

    For more information on the Hearts of Texas campaign go to www.utexas.edu/events/secc.

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