April 2013 News Releases

Washburn to kickoff United Way campaign today

Washburn United Way logo

Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology will kickoff their United Way campaign at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 on the main level, Memorial Union.

Washburn President Jerry Farley and Larry McCoig, president of Equity Bank, spoke about the impact United Way has on our community and what we can do to support United Way. Washburn's 2013 campaign slogan is, "Take a stand, lend a hand."

Supporting United Way and "living united" is crucial to the future of all in our community. United Way, in collaboration with countless volunteers and community partners, is working to ensure everyone in Topeka, Shawnee County and Jefferson County has access to the basic building blocks for a good life: education, income, health and other basic needs.

By joining forces with United Way of Greater Topeka through giving, advocating and volunteering, we can help ensure our community achieves its 10-year goals:

  • Education goals: so that our children enter school ready to learn, read on grade level and graduate high school on time with a plan for their future;
  • Income goal: so that families are financially stable, able to meet day to day obligations and save for the future;
  • Health goal: so that adults and youth avoid risky behaviors and maintain healthy lifestyles.
  • Basic needs: addressing emergencies that happen every day in our community.

For more information, visit Washburn.edu/unitedway.

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Janel Rutherford, Washburn United Way campaign chairwoman, 785-670-3416
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153