FSU Student United Way Completes First-Ever Community-Investment Process

By: Student United Way Press Release
By: Student United Way Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State University’s Student United Way (FSU SUW) completed its first-ever, community-investment process recently and distributed $8,053.03 to student-run organizations that support health- and human-service initiatives in Tallahassee and Leon County on Tuesday October 26, 2010.

Each of the seven, recipient organizations received their check during a press conference at FSU’s Dunlap Student Success Center.

“The FSU SUW gives back to the Tallahassee community not only through advocating and volunteering, but also by allocating funds that have been raised by SUW to student organizations that need help undertaking deserving, charitable projects,” said Simi Boutzoukas, FSU SUW president.

Student-run organizations at FSU were invited to submit grant applications this summer, which outlined their proposals for projects they will facilitate in Tallahassee for the 2011 spring semester. The FSU SUW received applications from 17 organizations with requests totaling almost $30,000. The SUW Community Investment Team was comprised of five students, and their review process was built to mirror United Way of the Big Bend’s, which is FSU SUW’s partner organization. The programs selected for the inaugural year of funding included:
• FSU Best Buddies ($500) - Makeover Project at Gretchen Everhart as part of Best Buddies Week in spring
• Habitat for Humanity ($4,053.03) - Funds to help construct the FSU Habitat House
• Synoptikos ($500) - Fund Box City Event - Work with kids at Nims Middle School on creating a healthy community
• The National Society of Black Engineers ($500) - Mentor Event on south side of Tallahassee for middle-school students with a focus on how to get into college
• Global Peace Exchange ($500) - Seed money to create their first local GPE event, which will promote health awareness for local students
• The Spire Institute for the Advancement of Public Policy ($1,500) - Fund program created to mentor middle-school kids in Leon County with a focus on community involvement and civic awareness
• First Book FSU ($500) – Fund the purchase of books for Title One Elementary School students in Leon County

“Our FSU SUW is proud to not only be the first student-run United Way in the nation, but also marks the first time a Student United Way from any campus has ever allocated its own funds,” said Boutzoukas. “This is an important milestone for us tonight, and we look forward to working with these organizations to show our community that students work hard to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!”

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