HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 9, 2013 – The caring spirit of the High Point University campus continues to grow each year, as evidenced by the gifts made to the United Way of Greater High Point during the university’s 2012 campaign.
The HPU United Way Campaign raised more than $185,000 – a 387 percent increase since 2005 and up from $166,000 in 2011. Approximately 80 percent of employees contributed, and the campaign was completed in less than 45 days.
In addition to the employee campaign, students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours in the community and raise funds for community initiatives throughout the year. According to the United Way’s calculations, HPU’s 50,000 volunteer hours is valued at an impact of $1,089,500 in the community.
The university has been recognized by the United Way for its efforts to give back with the Spirit of North Carolina Award in the category for Educational Institution three times in the last four years.
“HPU once again had an extraordinary United Way Campaign,” says Bobby Smith, president of the United Way of Greater High Point. “The HPU campaign has increased fourfold since Dr. Qubein arrived, and we are proud to once again nominate HPU for the statewide Spirit of N.C. award.”
“HPU faculty, staff and students are intimately involved with many of our agencies, and it has a dramatic effect on the quality of life of everyone in High Point,” Smith adds. “The average citizen in High Point has no idea what a difference HPU has made in his or her own quality of life, but I see it every day from working with our 29 agencies and how they have been helped through internships, volunteers, food drives and more. Thank you to everyone at HPU.”
“We are High Point’s University, and nothing can underscore that more than our commitment to the United Way and the many worthy causes it supports,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president.