Cornell’s United Way chapter kicked off its annual campaign Friday in Willard Straight Hall, featuring remarks from Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 as well as student and staff representatives. Cornell United Way, which raised $815,152 last year, works in conjunction with the United Way of Tompkins County to provide basic needs of education, income and health to members of the community. With a total campaign goal of $2 million for the year, United Way is hoping that this year’s Cornell contributions will reach $750,000. Myrick, who said he is no stranger to hard times, stressed the importance of coming together to address community needs. “After a lifetime of poverty, I came to understand that big problems require collective solutions,” Myrick said.