KSU Students Win United Way Innovation Award

From United Way:

Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide, presented Student United Way Awards on Friday May 6, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the annual Staff Leaders Conference. More than 1,800 local representatives from the United Way network were present.

Student United Way is a campus based club or organization led for and by students. At the present time Student United Ways exist on more than fifty campuses across the United States including: colleges and universities, junior and community colleges, technical & trade schools and two high schools. Student leaders are playing a crucial role in their communities through Student United Way.

United Way recognized young leaders across the country who are advancing the common good by giving, advocating and volunteering. The awards highlighted outstanding individual leadership, savvy social media skills, and successful program efforts that bring Live United to life! Prizes included national recognition, mini-grants and scholarships, and volunteer-ships with United Way Worldwide.

The K-State Student United Way, the Students in Action, won the Innovation Award for the creative use of electronic media to engage the student population in giving and advocating. The K-State Student United Way was also recognized for their annual event "GIVE IT UP for GOOD," which takes place during finals week every spring. This year's GIVE IT UP for GOOD engaged over 200 volunteers who collected 39.6 tons of furniture and household goods as students moved out. All the collected items were either sold, with the proceeds benefiting local charities, or recycled.

Student United Way 2011 Award Winners:

Student United Way campus organization of the Year - Cornell University (NY)

Student United Way Leader of the Year - Alexandria Lee, Saint Louis
University (MO)

Student United Way Campus Adviser of the Year - Kathy Kotecki, Montana State University Billings (MT)

Education - Montana State University Billings (MT)

Income -University of Florida (FL)

Health - University of Florida (FL)

Give - Florida State University (FL)

Advocate - University of Louisville (KY)

Volunteer - Northern Michigan University (MI)

Innovation Award - Kansas State University (KS)

If you are interested in learning more about Student United Ways please check out www.facebook.com/studentuw or go to www.liveunited.org/student

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