First week of giving!

Welcome to the UW Libraries blog on the Combined Fund drive. We will publish weekly during this year’s fall campaign, October 13 – Dec. 2. Keep your eyes on this page for news, information about charities, contests, progress reports, giveaways, and bonus content!


UWCFD Charity Fair & Silent Auction

chickenHeifer International’s Oscar the
Rooster at the 2015 Charity Fair

Thursday, October 13, 2016
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
HUB Ballroom

Take a break! Enjoy refreshments and giveaways while learning about more than 80 nonprofit organizations that benefit from the UW Combined Fund Drive.

Enter to win fabulous door prizes including Seattle Sounders tickets and a GoPro camera!

Get inspired, bid in the silent auction, have some popcorn, pick up a new pen! Charities of all stripes are represented.

The fair is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and retirees, and located in the HUB. Drop by at your convenience! RSVP today.


First Week to Give

Oct 13 – 21
Any donor who makes a pledge of $5 or more or adds $5 or more to an existing donation during the first week of the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card compliments of WSECU! Donate today!

  • New and increased donations made October 13-21 will be included in the promotion
  • All new and increased monthly donations must be $5 or more per month
  • All new and increased one-time donations must be $5 or more for one pay period
  • Checks in the amount of $5 or more, made payable to UWCFD, are also accepted. Mail checks with a giving form to UWCFD, Box 359200
  • Limit one gift card per donor
  • Gift cards will be mailed directly to donors after the promotion

Charity Highlight:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

  • $1 vaccinates a child against the deadly threat of measles (American Red Cross)
  • $30 a month feeds five hungry children (Mercy Corps)
  • $75 supplies a bicycle to a Red Cross volunteer in another country allowing them to reach remote villages in need of help (American Red Cross)

Bonus: Life hacks for Emergency Preparedness

1. Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light.

Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light.

3. Or out of olive oil.

Or out of olive oil.

Get directions here

4. Stock up on batteries and keep them organized and protected from water damage.

5. Convert AAA batteries to AA batteries with tin foil.

6. Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

Include a towel, food, water, an extra food dish, a leash, a toy, and any medicine.

7. Protect important documents.

8. This includes a list of phone numbers that you might not have memorized anymore because of cell phones.

This includes a list of phone numbers that you might not have memorized anymore because of cell phones.

9. Store matches in a mason jar with a strikable lid.

10. Make an electricity-free refrigerator.

Make an electricity-free refrigerator.

11. Keep flashlights in smart places.

Keep flashlights in smart places.

12. Make a freezer-fail detector.

Make a freezer-fail detector.


13.
Learn how to properly deal with human waste when you lose water.

14. Make firestarter balls out of dryer lint and petroleum jelly.

Make firestarter balls out of dryer lint and petroleum jelly.

15. Build a tiny stove out of tin cans.

16. Keep 100 gallons of clean water in your tub with a WaterBob. 

17. Know what needs to take up space in your fridge and what doesn’t.Know what needs to take up space in your fridge and what doesn't.
Download a food storage chart here

18. Learn How to Use the Internet When the Internet Is Gone

19. Hide an emergency supply of chocolate in your storm kit.

Hide an emergency supply of chocolate in your storm kit.
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