Ball State is one of first 15 schools nationwide to start a Student United Way chapter

Topic: Human Resources

November 5, 2008

Ball State University has welcomed to campus a Student United Way chapter, one of only 15 pilot chapters to be established nationwide. Student United Way is a student-led community change organization affiliated with the United Way, a coalition of charitable organizations in the United States.  

"Student United Way works in conjunction with the United Way of Delaware County to help impact the community and help students grow as leaders," said Jennifer Teeters, a Ball State senior and president of Ball State's Student United Way chapter. 

The United Way of Delaware County is the local chapter of the national nonprofit. Each fall, Ball State employees actively participate in a university-wide fundraising campaign for the United Way. This year's campaign goal is $188,144.

Ball State's student chapter will focus its work on "town and gown" issues related to improving the relationship between Ball State and the city of Muncie.

"Our constitution has been approved by the university, making us an official student organization, and we are in the process of setting goals for the year," Teeters said. "Recruiting started in April,  and there are about 10 members so far."

Other schools in the country with Student United Way chapters include University of Texas-Austin, Florida State University, University of Kentucky and University of Arizona.

The first general meeting for Ball State's Student United Way will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Bracken Library, Room 401. This meeting is open to all students interested in becoming members. Students should contact Jennifer Teeters at 765-288-5586 ext. 227 or jlteeters@gmail.com for details.

By Ashley Keebler

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