BY DREW LACOUTURE
After the first months of the fall semester held a variety of activities, Salisbury University’s United Way (UW) student branch will continue to stay busy.
The biggest event for the club this semester, though, is their Second Annual Halloween 5k Dash which is scheduled for Oct 24. This community event invites students, staff and locals to dress up in costume and run a “Zombie Infested” 5k on campus.
Those interested can visit Active.com and type in “2nd Annual Halloween 5K Dash.”
Participants will receive a t-shirt, run the race and be able to attend an after party in Maggs Physical Activities Center which will feature food, music and a costume contest.
“Last year we raised $4,000 and all proceeds were donated to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore,” SU United Way President Emily Hawthorne said. “This year we hope to raise $7,000.”
From Sept. 11 to the 13, several members of the group traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to participate in the Student UW Leadership Retreat at the UW Worldwide Headquarters.
SU UW Vice President Aaron Coles, SU UW Treasurer Orhagha Sido and SU UW Campus Representative Nicole Ambroise, along with UW Eastern Shore Donor Relations Coordinator Kacey Decker were the school’s representatives.
At this yearly event, thousands of student volunteers from around the world took part in seminars and shared ideas with one another on how to improve their chapters and their communities.
“The students took back new ideas on how to more effectively use social media tools to build membership and highlight events, along with ways to build relationships and build your career after graduation,” Decker said.
SU UW also received the Income Award for improving financial stability in the Salisbury community. They also received an award for the construction of a ramp with the Chesapeake Housing Mission. SU UW tries to do at least one of these ramp builds every semester.
“It was very humbling to receive the Income Award at the Leadership Retreat,” Coles said. “The award was for the community of Salisbury, not just for us.”
SU’s group has also participated in several community services so far this year.
On Sept. 10, the United Way Campaign Breakfast was held at the Guerrieri University Center Commons, on Sept. 19, they participated in a coastal clean-up at Assateague Island National Park, on Sept. 26, several members took part in the construction of a house for the Habitat for Humanity, Oct. 7 The Student United Way held their United Way Campaign at Holloway Hall. Here, SU staff had the opportunity to donate different charities through the Maryland Charities Campaign.