AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty, staff and retirees generously donated a remarkable $452,830 to nonprofit organizations through the 2020-21 UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC). There were 551 individual donors to the campaign and nearly $300,000 of the funds raised will go to Western Mass nonprofits with just over $200,000 staying in Hampshire County.
“When the pandemic hit, we had no idea of how it would affect UMACC. That we raised $452,000 is an outstanding accomplishment that reflects the strength of our community.” said Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and campaign co-chair. Greg Carvel, campaign co-chair and men’s hockey coach added, “The Amherst Survival Center and Food Bank of Western Mass brought in almost $30,000 each. Imagine how many people will be fed and receive medical care because our UMass colleagues stepped up in this time of unprecedented need.”
The United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC), an organization focused on eliminating poverty, brought in $63,789. UWHC Executive Director John Bidwell said, “The UWHC programs that we fund help about 20,000 of our neighbors each year. UMass is the heart of this county. Your unparalleled generosity inspires, and we can’t do our work without you. You bring hope and make this county an example of what community is all about.”
To learn more about the campaign please see the video links below.