With only a few weeks left in the University of New Mexico’s annual United Way campaign, several student groups came together to rally support for the university wide effort.

Student United Way is a student run organization at UNM that works to connect undergraduate and graduate students with service projects throughout the community. The group’s president said they also hope expand their role in the near future to help even more organizations around campus.  

“We want to become a philanthropy hub and connect other philanthropies here on campus with people that want to do community service,” said Alex Gonzalez, a graduate student in the Anderson School of Management.

Gonzalez helped organize the lunchtime event, along with ASUNM, in the Student Union Atrium. He said he wanted to use it as a way to connect with peers who might not know about Student United Way, but also as a way to raise awareness about UNM’s current United Way campaign.

“There’s a lot of people out there that need help and a lot of people that want to help, and being able to connect them is really important,” said Gonzalez.

ASUNM’s Outreach and Appointments Committee Chair Brianna Mulligan said they also wanted to be a part of the event to show support for the fundraising effort and give students the chance to connect with faculty and staff.

“I think it’s wonderful. I think that the United Way have some really great programs that help a lot of people.” said Mulligan. “It’s just so expansive that you can’t help but support the United Way.”

The UNM United Way Campaign runs through Nov. 19. Donating is simple for the UNM community. You’re able make a one-time pledge online by visiting your ‘myUNM’ page. You can also set up a recurring payroll deduction for any amount you choose. Just $1 per pay period can make a big difference when combined with gifts given around campus. Donations can also be made by using the paper Pledge form. Keep in mind, every contribution is tax deductible and 100 percent of your gift will go directly to a local charitable organization of your choosing or one identified by United Way volunteers.