TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 12, 2011 –
Florida State University’s Student United Way (FSU SUW) was honored with United Way Worldwide’s (UWW) LIVE UNITED Best Practice Award: GIVE Award in Orlando May 6.
UWW President and CEO Brian Gallagher presented 2011-2012 FSU SUW President Ashley Rembert with the award during the annual Staff Leaders Conference with more than 1,800 United Way representatives present.
“This award is very special to the FSU Student United Way as it validates why this student United Way is so different from the others,” said Heather Mitchell, United Way of the Big Bend’s (UWBB) vice-president of resource development. “The FSU SUW is the only one of its kind in the country that not only raises its own funds, but also distributes them to agencies in our community. The students decided from the onset that their fund-raising must be diverse and out of the box to get not only students to donate, but also others in the community. The result of their work is diverse collection of fund-raising opportunities that have proven to be successful – this year raising $15,000.”
The FSU SUW was founded December 2007. As the only student-run United Way of its kind, FSU SUW is committed to leadership through service and teamwork by educating, engaging, advocating, and fund-raising to increase student involvement for the betterment of FSU, Tallahassee, and Leon County.
The GIVE approach is designed to enable FSU SUW to raise their own campaign dollars from students on campus, as well as teaching them that their donation is an investment in the local community they are calling home. FSU SUW is unique because it raises its own funds to then disburse to campus and local agencies. Some of their fund-raising events include:
• Krispy Kreme Challenge – now in its second year, raises more than $5,000
• Arrest a Friend – to be premiered in October 2011
• Comedian Show Special – proceeds to benefit FSU SUW
• FSU Baseball Concessions Booth – now in its second year
Student United Ways are campus-based clubs or organizations led by students on more than fifty campuses across the United States. Locations include colleges and universities, junior and community colleges, technical/trade schools, and two high schools. These student leaders are making an impact by giving, advocating and volunteering in an effort to improve their local communities.