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United Way, CHA campaigns begin"

For the first time, the United Way and Combined Health Appeal of California (CHA) will hold their annual charitable campaigns at the same time at Stanford. Kenneth Bloem, president of Stanford Hospital, will serve as chair of the campaign.

"Stanford has a proud history of contributing to the community's well-being, and I hope we will continue to show our compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves," President Donald Kennedy wrote in a letter to Stanford faculty and staff.

The United Way has 114 member agencies in Santa Clara County, which include services dedicated to helping battered women, AIDS patients, disadvantaged children, homeless people, disaster victims and the disabled, among others. United Way agencies form a web of community counseling, recreational, educational, health and housing services.

CHA is a federation of 28 voluntary health agencies, most of which are dedicated to finding cures and treatments to debilitating diseases. The Arthritis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Alzheimer's Foundation and the American Diabetes Association are all CHA members. Planned Parenthood and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital are also among CHA beneficiary organizations.

Last year, Stanford faculty and staff contributed nearly $20,000 to the United Way and CHA in separate campaigns.

Pledge cards will be mailed the week of Nov. 17. Donations can be made by check or through monthly payroll deductions.



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