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Washburn University Launches United Way of Greater Topeka’s 2016 Fundraising Cycle with $28,868 Contribution

05/16/16 10:05 am CDT
"We focus on more than graduating and getting at a job at Washburn, we want our students to be an active part in helping their community"

          Topeka, KS –Storms couldn’t dampen the energy of Washburn University alumni, faculty and staff who gathered last week to learn the results of the Washburn University United Way campaign. Washburn University president Jerry Farley revealed the $28,868 campaign total to enthusiastic applause.

            “Washburn University believes in the United Way,” said Farley. “We want to live in an environment where we care for each other, where we help everyone have what they need to thrive.”

            Larry Robbins, United Way of Greater Topeka board of directors’ chair, and other members of the United Way were present for the announcement.

            “There has been no stronger supporter of the United Way in Topeka than Washburn University,” said Robbins. “Every year they help launch our annual fundraising cycle with another very successful campaign.”

            The focused Washburn University United Way campaign started in April and continued through the end of the semester. During this time the Washburn University United Way committee hosted multiple events designed to drive awareness of United Way of Greater Topeka efforts and to raise funds to support the agency.

           Committee members took a tour of all the United Way of Greater Topeka funded partners to see first-hand the collaborations and initiatives the United Way is shepherding throughout the community. A lot of the sites visited were very familiar to the committee as members of the Washburn University faculty, staff and students volunteer there.

           Through Washburn University programs like Learning in the Community (LinC), Recycled Rides at Washburn Tech, and the Washburn University School of Nursing’s Collaborative Outreach Advancing Community Health (COACH) bus, Washburn helps connect faculty, staff and students to ways they can serve Topeka and surrounding areas directly through United Way funded partners throughout the year. These opportunities help strengthen our community while enhancing student learning.

            “We focus on more than graduating and getting at a job at Washburn, we want our students to be an active part in helping their community,” said Farley.

 Notes to Editors:

  1. Learning in the Community (LinC) weaves community involvement into Washburn University curriculum.
  2. Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides is through the National Auto Body Council; collision and auto service technology students and their mentors repair donated vehicles they then give to Topekans in need. They donated their 15th and 16th cars Tuesday, May 3 at the Kansas Statehouse.
  3. Washburn University School of Nursing students are encouraged to participate in Collaborative Outreach Advancing Community Health (COACH), offering health screenings and preventative care in Topeka and surrounding areas.



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