Black Hawk College East Campus kicks off 2014 United Way Campaign

Black Hawk College East Campus kicks off 2014 United Way campaign

Black Hawk College East Campus United Way team members Rhonda Ballard and Barb Bolser take donations for “An Apple a Day for United Way” apples and paper pumpkins for the “All-In” pumpkin auction syndicate from student, Sarah Hughes of Kewanee, far left. Looking on is Chief Executive Director of Kewanee Area United Way, Deann Schweitzer, far right.

Black Hawk College East Campus recently kicked off its 2014 United Way Campaign with the theme “An Apple a Day for United Way.”

An apple tree with field underneath – hand-painted by art professor John Hartman on the large cafeteria windows – overlooks the drive onto campus. The tree and field are being steadily decorated with paper apples and pumpkins signed by students and college employees who donate to the campaign.

Of course, the pumpkins are just a precursor to the Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins coming up later this month.

“Faculty, students, staff and friends of United Way have activities planned for October and November to raise funds and get the message out about the importance of helping our community,” said Gary Werkheiser, associate professor of applied sciences.

At the kickoff, flyers were distributed to students about United Way agencies, and everyone was given the opportunity to get involved.

“The kickoff was great,” said United Way team member Rhonda Ballard. “Students are very interested to learn about the agencies supported by United Way and how they better our community.”

Thirteen campus groups and organizations have supported the United Way campaign over the last few years, including AFT/IFT union, Ag Business Club, Auto/Ag Mech Club, East Campus athletes, BHC East Foundation board members, Christians on Campus, equine students, staff and friends, Horticulture Club, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, Phi Theta Kappa, Science Club, Student Government Association and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

There are 16 members on this year’s East Campus United Way team. Black Hawk College East Campus has now increased their giving to United Way for 19 consecutive years.

“Students get real life lessons about being involved in their community and the whole campus feels the responsibility of making a positive contribution,” Ballard said.