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United Way makes bank

January 28, 2011

Monmouth College and the Warren County chapter of the United Way share strong beliefs in charity and leadership. In recent years these parties have worked closely to pass on these beliefs to the current generation of Scots.

 The United Way and Monmouth College have broadened their fundraising methods to encompass not only ways to reach out to the community, but ways for students to genuinely gain something from these experiences. In recent years, various fraternities and sororities on campus have committed their time to assisting in fundraising efforts, including selected trivia nights on campus.

Proceeds have also been obtained for the United Way by way of Monmouth College in more unconventional ways, such as “Spring Break: Alternative Style”; during which MC students choose to stay in town during spring break and work for various non-profit organizations. The value of entertainment which fortifies their beliefs is not lost on the fundraising process either, as the UW and MC worked to bring nationally acclaimed Christian artist Jadon Lavik to campus. Monmouth College’s Scotsmen also performed on campus, with all proceeds benefitting the Warren County chapter of the United Way.

Bryn Lawrence, Coordinator of Web Services at Monmouth College and a member of the Warren County United Way’s 15 member board of directors is pleased with how resilient the partnership has been.

“We kept raising our goal, even through the recession, which was a pleasant surprise,” said Lawrence.

In fact, despite the strained economic times, the Warren County United Way met their increased goal for the 2010 fiscal year of $178,250. For more information regarding fundraising activities or how you can contribute, contact Vicki McNamara at (309) 734-7351 or Bryn Lawrence at (309) 457-2223.

BY KYLE MC EWEN
Contributing Writer

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