Westminster Thanks "Love UT Give UT" Participants

Mar 25, 2013

Westminster Wins Additional Grant in 24-hr Statewide Giving Blitz "Love UT Give UT" Westminster donors helped student projects gain additional grant money SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College joined hundreds of organizations on Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 for an unprecedented day of giving called "Love UT Give UT." Thanks to incredible supporters, Westminster had the highest number of unique donors and took the first place $5,000 prize in the education category. Westminster ranked 6th among the 560 non-profit groups that participated in the state-wide giving day, for the number of donors. Love UT Give UT raised $633,533 from 6521 donors, a great result for the first year that the Community Foundation of Utah sponsored and organized this 24-hour giving day event. Westminster cares deeply about developing the whole student. We strive to prepare students to lead lives of learning, accomplishment, and service. Westminster sincerely thanks all the donors who supported the following Westminster student projects during Love UT Give UT. Your generosity helps students engage in their communities and learn through service. Student Hardship Fund The Westminster Student Hardship Fund helps students who experience an unexpected financial crisis, such as a hospital stay or job loss, with funding they need to stay in school. While 97% of Westminster students receive some form of financial aid, sometimes a few hundred dollars makes the difference between staying in school and having to withdraw. Read here how the fund helped Akosua Amankwatia after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan threatened her education. Students Take Action Fund The Take Action Fund provides students with resources to help local nonprofit organizations address the unmet needs of individuals, families, and groups in Salt Lake City. Through Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement, the Take Action Fund currently serves East High, Living Planet Aquarium, YouthCity, and Hser Ner Moo. Organic Garden Expansion and Accessibility Westminster's Organic Garden needs wheelchair accessibility upgrades and room to expand garden, learning, and community event space. Student interest has doubled since the garden began five years ago. Launched by student volunteers and maintained with a small budget of donated funds, it is a space for students to engage in leadership, collaboration, and teamwork while growing healthy, organic food. Learn more about Westminster's Love UT Give UT projects by visiting http://loveutgiveut.razoo.com/story/Love-Westminster. For details about the statewide campaign visit www.loveUTgiveUT.org.

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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