United Way honors ASU students

Student United Way of ASU has been awarded the 2012 Student United Way Signature Program Award, given by United Way Worldwide.

Student United Ways are campus-based clubs or organizations led by students on more than 60 campuses across the United States. Locations include colleges and universities, junior and community colleges, technical and trade schools, and high schools. These student leaders are advancing the common good by giving, advocating and volunteering in an effort to improve their local communities in the areas of education, income and health.

United Way Worldwide’s awards showcase the collective efforts of every Student United Way across the country and recognize outstanding individual leadership, exceptional Student United Way organizations, savvy social media skills, and successful program efforts focused on education, income and health.

Prizes awarded include national level recognition, mini-grants and scholarships, LIVE UNITED gear, volunteer opportunities with United Way Worldwide and more.

Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, presented Student United Way Awards May 2 in Nashville, Tenn., at the United Way Community Leaders Conference with more than 1,800 representatives from the United Way network present.

“Student United Way of ASU partners with us throughout the year to mobilize students to improve our local community," said Merl Waschler, president and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way. "I sincerely congratulate them for their outstanding efforts to ensure children and youth succeed right here in the Valley.”

The Student United Way Signature Program Award was given to Student United Way of ASU in recognition of their participation in United Way’s Alternative Spring Break in Tucson. The Signature Program Award recognizes student leaders and local United Ways that partner on projects for success and impact. Student United Way at ASU supported Alternative Spring Break by motivating a group of ASU students to spend their Spring Break in Tucson lending a helping hand at the Boys & Girls Club. As part of their service project, the students worked as mentors and tutors, developed and implemented enriching curriculum in a variety of programming areas, and increased the capacity of community-based agencies throughout Tucson.

The Student United Way at ASU was established this past academic year at Arizona State University, in November 2011.

If you are interested in joining Student United Way of ASU, or if you’d like to start a Student United Way at your school, please contact Daniil Gunitskiy at dgunit@asu.edu.

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Daniil Gunitskiy