275 donations received; Wesleyan Way Day of Service included 141 volunteers
Owensboro, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College realized $113,054 in charitable gifts yesterday, its first time participating in Giving Tuesday, the worldwide charitable effort launched in 2012 and sponsored by over 30,000 organizations on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The College received 275 contributions from a combination of alumni, friends, employees and students.
The fundraising effort was preceded by the inaugural Wesleyan Way Day of Service, which included community service projects carried out by Wesleyan students and employees. #WesleyanONE was the theme of the service day and day of giving, signifying that one volunteer and one gift can make a difference.
“We are thrilled with the response of our constituents to Day of Service and Giving Tuesday,” said Tom Keith, the school’s vice president for advancement. “To generate over $113,000 in a 24-hour period speaks volumes for the momentum and upward trajectory of Kentucky Wesleyan College and the impact we have on the community,” he said. “Our sincerest thanks go out to all who participated, and we look forward to celebrating again this time next year.”
The Wesleyan Way Day of Service included 141 volunteers who provided 172 hours of community service. Fifteen separate projects were conducted, with sites including the H.L. Neblett Community Center, New Beginnings, Cravens Elementary School, Owensboro Middle School, Green River District Health Department and several projects on the Wesleyan campus. The Salvation Army, Girls Inc. and Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church also received assistance during the day of service. Dozens of canned goods and clothing items were also collected and donated to those in need.
M. Blake Harrison, director of development and donor relations, was not surprised to see the campus community get behind the movement. “Wesleyan is a special place, and the things we strive for here are worthy pursuits,” Harrison said. “Our employees and students recognize that, and responded in a big way on Giving Tuesday.”
Giving Tuesday 2016 will take place on Nov. 29.
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