Published in the Kent County News
CHESTERTOWN — Washington College is donating $28,000 to United Way of Kent County, after 82 faculty and staff members responded to President Kurt Landgraf’s pledge to match whatever they contributed, according to a news release.
“I am just so proud of the Washington College community, and I appreciate the generosity and caring of this faculty and staff,” Landgraf said. “This United Way campaign result is yet another indication that we take our mission seriously — they’re not just words on a document, but a living action statement to support our community.”
In late fall, Landgraf asked college employees to consider signing up for a payroll deduction to United Way of Kent County, pledging that he would match whatever they raised. According to a news release, last year, eight employees gave a total of $1,248 through the payroll deduction. As of Dec. 14, 82 employees had signed up for a total donation of $13,944. Landgraf matched this with $14,000.
“Many members of our Washington College community, including students, staff, and faculty, have had close associations with United Way agencies in a number of capacities,” said Sarah Feyerherm, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and a member of United Way of Kent County’s board of directors. “But this recent financial commitment is emblematic of a recognition that we are all partners in improving the lives of Kent County residents. Kurt’s leadership and generosity was just contagious, and the response from our employees was heartwarming. My hope is that this is just the start of a sustained partnership between the College and the United Way of Kent County.”
United Way of Kent County raises and distributes funding to multiple organizations, with a focus on improving the health, education and financial stability of Kent County residents.
In addition to the college’s donations through the workplace campaign, the college has supported or provided resources for United Way of Kent County member organizations including Character Counts! Kent County, the Kent Center, St. Martin’s Ministries, the Community Food Pantry, Camp Fairlee/Easter Seals, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Kent Forward, For All Seasons, Echo Hill Outdoor School and the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.