UW Combined Fund Drive

Community Connections

December 2022

Happy holidays!

The end of 2022 is approaching and I’m both happy and sad about seeing it go. It’s the same way I feel every year. Depending on my mood, I can create a best or worst year narrative and both are true. Every year.

We’ve been wrapping up this year’s campaign and had all kinds of great Last Week to Give activities. A personal highlight was my bingo win. I did not claim the prize, but I do claim the victory. If you are competitive but clumsy – like I am – you take your wins where you find them.

It’s not too late to gift outside the box! Make a donation to someone’s favorite nonprofit instead of giving them something they don’t need. We’ve got cute cards in the office to let them know about your generosity. Email us and we’ll get them out to you – or the giftee.

As we look toward the new year, I hope you remember to treat yourself with kind regard. It can be tempting to set resolutions or make plans that don’t actually serve you, but serve the you that you think you should be. Let go of “the shoulds”. My resolution a couple years ago was giving up “wanting to want to” (like, I want to want to eat a salad every day for lunch, but …). It was one of the best things I ever did.

By saying no to the things I don’t want to do, I have more space in my life for the things I do want to do. I spend more time with my friends and family. I volunteer more. I laugh more. I enjoy life more. Living your best life is about finding space to be the best you. Not the best your neighbor.

I’m looking forward to the adventures that 2023 has in store. Especially January. Every year, we partner with the team at The Whole U to help you kick your new year off right and this year is no different. Register for Dare To Be 2023 to find great tips, stories and opportunities to engage in the causes that matter to you the most. We’re putting some great stuff together and I don’t want you to miss out!

Wishing you an amazing holiday season and all the best 2023 has to offer.

Happy December!


Jolyn Mason
Campaign Manager
UW Combined Fund Drive