March 26, 2009

Neeley Fellows Host “Live United Week” March 30-April 3 to Inform Peers about United Way

A group of seven Neeley Fellows business students have teamed up with United Way to organize a weeklong event designed to inform their peers about the country's largest non-profit organization.

The event, dubbed Live United Week, will begin Monday, March 30, and conclude Friday, April 3, with a TCU Horned Frogs baseball game starting at 6:30pm.  During the week, the Neeley Fellows team will distribute information to increase awareness of United Way on campus and encourage students to get involved in community life by donating, volunteering and speaking up for causes they care about.

Information booths will be set up in the Brown-Lupton University Union where students can learn about the organization and receive coupons for a free Live United T-shirt to be given away at the Friday night baseball game (TCU vs. New Mexico). 

The Neeley Fellows- Catherine Anderson, Jacob Barnes, Adam Goodlett, Caleb Slavin, Robert Strong, Emily Taylor and Melissa Walton - are learning how businesses and nonprofits work together to advance the common good.

"Businesses can help nonprofits transform ideas into reality," said Live United Week team leader Catherine Anderson, a junior accounting major.

United Way is the nation's largest non-profit organization, helping communities by targeting root issues such as health, education, and income.  Their current Live United campaign encourages involvement by giving to the organization, advocating for important issues, and volunteering time in the community.  

The Neeley Fellows Program is an honors division within the Neeley School of Business, consisting of 30 students each from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.  Each year, the juniors in the program team up with local non-profits and complete service-learning projects to give back to the community and learn real-world business skills.  Live United Week is the culmination of one of the team's service-learning project.

The Schedule for Live United Week:
Monday, March 30, to Friday, April 3
10:00am to 2:00pm
Information table in the Brown-Lupton University Union. 

Wednesday, April 1
10:00am to 2:00pm
Photo contest in the University Union of students wearing the Live United shirt 

Friday, April 3
6:30pm
TCU Live United Baseball Game vs. University of New Mexico.  Free Live United t-shirts will be available at the Live United patio (while supplies last).  Live United tailgate in the parking lot before the game. 

Students and others can follow all of the week's events and get more information about United Way at the TCU Live United blog: http://liveunitedtcu.blogspot.com/