Wabash Frats United to Help – The Paper of Montgomery County
For 50 years, Wabash College students chose an evening every fall to stroll the neighborhoods of Crawfordsville and knock on doors to accept donations for Montgomery County’s annual United Way (formerly MUFFY) campaign.
Professors, families, and others in the community turned on their porch lights in anticipation of a brief visit from these young men. Unfortunately, like so many other things, COVID-19 forced an end to this tradition last year.
This is where the fighting spirit of Wabash College came into play.
A group of student leaders put their heads together and decided on a new path in partnership with the United Way office in Montgomery County. The Presidents of the Brotherhood have set a goal that each house should raise $ 500. With ten homes and a group made up of independent dormitories, the Wabash student campaign aims to raise $ 5,500 – significantly more than in the recent past.
Every house approaches the challenge differently. Many use soccer hatchbacks to attract alumni to the effort. Others donate proceeds from current fundraising drives to the campaign. Some create new options. Everyone is working hard to achieve the goal and make a difference.
Dr. Eric Olofson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wabash, is leading the initiative this year. “Wabash College is excited to continue our tradition of helping United Way in Montgomery County raise funds for local nonprofits that serve our community,” said Olofson. “These agencies are an important part of the Montgomery County fabric and we are privileged to give back to a community that gives so much to the college and our students.”
Even if you no longer have to turn on your porch light, you can still support the Wabash men in their endeavors. Simply name “Wabash students” or name a specific fraternity on the memo line / organization box. Donations can be made to the United Way of Montgomery County, PO Box 247, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, or online at www.uwmontgomery.org/donate.
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United Way in Montgomery County builds on the 50-year legacy of the Montgomery United Fund for You. You believe in a Cradle to Career commitment and strive to continuously improve the quality of life of the citizens here. They aim to offer collaborative leadership to get into conversation and develop lasting solutions that promote human dignity, independence and individual character.