For many years ACU students, staff and faculty have served many nonprofit organizations with the help of the United Way of Abilene.
The United Way of Abilene directly benefits local organizations such as FaithWorks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Food Bank of West Central Texas, the Noah Project and other organizations. Many students, staff and faculty at ACU are involved with these organizations, and directly benefit from the pledge drive hosted by ACU each year.
The United Way of Abilene provides opportunities for students to work and serve in the Abilene community. Some students have to complete an internship requirement in order for them to graduate, but others see a need for more student service by volunteering.
Each year ACU chooses a representative on campus whose job is to encourages our community to be involved with United Way of Abilene. This year’s representative is Greg Wilson, loaned executive for the United Way of Abilene.
“All of these organizations in town that benefit through the United Way of Abilene help raise awareness for the things that are aligned with the mission of ACU, to educate students for service in the world,” Wilson said.
In chapel last Wednesday Oct. 31, Chancellor Royce Money spoke about his involvement with the United Way of Abilene in the past, and the many opportunities students and faculty have to support this cause.
“I have been involved with the United Way since the early 1980’s, and I was drawn to the organization because it’s the best way I think, to contribute to the many nonprofit organizations the United Way of Abilene supports,” Money said. “It makes a lot of sense to see the problems in a community, and to contribute to an organization that helps multiple ministries, rather than just one ministry. The United Way of Abilene does just that.”
The United Way strives for organized accountability with the nonprofits they partner with. They want the people volunteering their time and money to know their dollar is not going to waste. The companies meet their goals, with the help and support of the United Way of Abilene.
There are currently fifty-six students who work for the nonprofits funded by the United Way of Abilene, but they are still in need of volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities pick up the pledge form fill out the key information and return the document to ACU Box 29106 by Friday, Nov. 16.