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Season of Kindness 2019

There are many ways to spread kindness this holiday season. Whether you support your favorite nonprofit organization through the United Way, give blood at the American Red Cross drive, or share your time, energy, and resources in other ways, your kindness makes our community stronger.

United Way  |  Turkey Trot and Food Drive  |  Winter Blood Drive  |   Family Winter Coat Drive 

United Way
Swarthmore 2019 eZ-Pledge Campaign

Mon., November 18 through Sun., December 8


Swarthmore's 2019 United Way ez-Pledge campaign runs from Mon., November 18 through Sun., December 8. Through the eZ-Pledge portal, you may allocate your gift to the United Way's Impact Fund, where gifts from of thousands of individual and corporate donors are combined to support United Way partner agencies [PDF]. You may also donate to any registered nonprofit (501c3) of your choice through the United Way. The eZ-Pledge portal allows you to easily set up a one-time or recurring donation and select exactly where you'd like your donation to go, all in one place. Learn More About the Impact of your UW Donation [PDF]

The power of the United Way lies in its ability to bring the right groups of people together to solve complex problems. For nearly a century, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (GPSNJ) has been a where people and organizations can come together to tackle our region’s challenges and make an impact on our community. The United Way of GPSNJ recently set a powerful goal of ending intergeneration poverty, collaborating with local partner agencies by supporting programs that foster successful children and youth as well as self-reliant individuals and families. 

United Way eZ-Pledge Instructions

If you experience difficulty accessing information on this site, or if you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of content on this site, please contact United Way’s Donor Services team at or 1-800-417-8742, for assistance.

Complete Your Pledge
  1. Visit Swarthmore College’s secure, dedicated giving portal.
  2. Enter the requested information (work zip code and work email).
    1. If you have given through the campaign before, the portal will recognize you and send a confirmation email to the account on record. That email will contain a link to the portal, allowing  you to see past donation information.

    2. If you are a new donor, the system will create a new account for you and then take you directly into the donation system after you provide your full name and work email.

  3. Fill in the dollar amount in the box. You can designate all or part of your donation to United Way, or give all or part of your donation to another nonprofit agencies.
    1. A minimum of $24 per nonprofit is required if splitting a donation.
    2. The Area of Greatest Need/Impact Fund is the United Way option. The three boxes below allow you to support certain areas of United Way’s work.
  4. To give to another 501c3/nonprofit:

    1. Scroll to the Agency Search line (“I would like to direct my gift to a specific organization”) and enter in the complete name of the nonprofit. Most agencies are in the United Way database and will be quickly found.

    2. Select the plus sign to add the charity and gift amount to your pledge, then click Next.

  5. ​​​​Once you’ve designated all of your donations to the agency recipients, click Next. The system will prompt you to make corrections if there are any errors in the math.

  6. Add your contact information so that United Way can send your pledge receipt.

  7. Confirm the details of your gift, and submit.​​​​​

Payroll Deductions
  • With  payroll deduction, you have the option to select 12 or 26 payroll deductions for your donation. Deductions will begin on January 1, 2020.
  • If you know the annual amount that you would like to pledge, enter that amount in the Total Annual Pledge box of the first screen. The system will automatically calculate the resulting payroll deduction increment.

Download instructions here [PDF].


Turkey Trot and Food Drive 

tues., November 26
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Clothier Stadium Track

Join your friends and colleagues for a turkey trot around Clothier stadium track (weather permitting). Please bring one or more non-perishable food items for donation to our local food bank. No need to register for the trot—just come on down to the track to get your steps in for a good cause!

Interested in racking up your steps throughout the rest of the semester? Join the Swarthmore College Fall 2019 Step Challenge!

You can register by visiting or by reaching out to Max Miller, assistant director of athletics for recreation & wellness, at with questions. There will be great prizes for all participants who reach the 11,000 step average, and grand prizes for our highest steppers in each category.


Red Cross Winter Blood Drive

Mon., December 2
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Inn at Swarthmore

Register at with sponsor code: Swarthmore

Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood? A single donation can save more than one life, aiding in the treatment of cancer, burns, and more. The Red Cross services communities across the country, and every year their partnership with Swarthmore College provides much-needed donations to patients in our area hospitals.  

What is the process of giving blood?

Giving blood is a straightforward process that has a big impact. It takes about an hour of your time from start to finish, and a single donation can help multiple patients being treated for everything from burns to cancer. Learn more about the process of donating blood here.

What if you can't give blood?

If you can’t give blood, there are other ways to lend a hand. Recruit donors, bring snacks to the drive, or volunteer with registration and refreshments. For more information, contact



City Team Family Winter Coat Drive

mon., November 25–Fri., December 13

Donation bins are located in the Human Resources suite on the first floor of 101 South Chester, and on the first floor of Parrish in Shane lounge

Clean out your closet this winter and help keep families warm! This winter, Human Resources will be collecting gently-used coats and blankets in all sizes to donate to City Team. City Team helps families across the United States, including in our local community, by offering hot meals, shelter, clothing, learning and career support, and other resources. Donation bins are located in the Human Resources suite on the first floor of 101 South Chester and on the first floor of Parrish in Shane lounge.