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November 30, 2012
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The United Way offers help to Susquehanna community

MIXING UP SU
The Crusader/Bryan Kelley
MIXING UP SU - Drew Kelly from 94.1 KX brodcasting company attended the United Way Day on Nov. 15 in order to help raise funds.
Susquehanna students may have noticed a large DJ booth set up in Evert Dining Hall last week. This booth was run by DJ Drew Kelly with 94.1 KX broadcasting company in Sunbury. He was there to support United Way Day.

Last year the United Way of the Greater Susquehanna Valley organization came to Susquehanna in hopes of spreading their message across a local college campus. Students, faculty and staff were able to come up with an impressive donation amount of $20,000. In total, United Way received a half-million dollars in donations. This year, the United Way hoped to have the same success. The funds that are raised by the United Way are put directly into use via the Red Cross, the YMCA, Women in Transition and Meals on Wheels. This funding enables the agencies to continue their work in supporting families and communities in the Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

Kelly has been able to help and give back through United Way. Kelly has always enjoyed helping United Way and became a loaned executive for them through his company in 1999. Kelly is able to talk from first-hand experience about how the United Way helps people and the community. His son attends daycare at a facility that is supported by the donations that the United Way receives.

After Hurricane Irene's wrath in the fall 2011, he and his family received support from the Red Cross when his home on the Isle of Que was flooded. Kelly said that he "never imagined he would see himself in need of the Red Cross but he did." Because of the help and support that he received during that difficult time, he continues to renew his support to the United Way year after year.

Elizabeth Grove, presidential assistant at Susquehanna, is also a member on the committee board for the United Way. Grove was able to attend the DJ event. She expressed that her attendance was not only to help in the fundraising efforts but also to show her support to United Way as a Susquehanna connection. Grove shared that many businesses and organizations are actively involved with the United Way. Wood-Mode Cabinets Company, for instance, has donated nearly a half million dollars within the past decade.

With all of the support that the United Way receives from the local community and from the Susquehanna public, the organization has been able to give back to the local community and neighboring counties. United Way Day was a success this year and students, faculty and staff are thanked for their contributions. Whether through volunteering, advertising or contribution, the actions taken in this year's United Way Day were truly a reflection of the tight-knit family environment that Susquehanna students share.

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