Marywood Receives Award from United Way

Published on Thu, May 08, 2014

Marywood University was awarded the 2013-2014 Spirit of Caring Chairman's Award from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Patricia Dunleavy, Ph.D., associate vice president for human resources, accepted the award on the University's behalf.

The Spirit of Caring Chairman's Award represents United Way's highest honor and is presented annually to organizations, individuals, or employee groups that exemplify the true spirit of the United Way movement—people helping people.

In a letter to Marywood, Peter Danchak, campaign chair of the United Way, said, "Creative and energetic campaign efforts proved to be tremendously successful throughout your entire campus. I am delighted to honor you for your commitment to making the community better, healthier and stronger!"

Each year, Marywood employees participate in a campaign in support of The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. Contributions from the yearly campaign support agencies as varied as the Lackawanna Branch, PA Association for the Blind, The ARC of NEPA, St. Joseph's Center, Catholic Social Services, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA.

This year, students from the Communication Arts Department created an event, Scopstacle, a combination colors run, obstacle course, and scavenger hunt. "We wanted to be original," said Brielle Mayle, a senior. It's that originality that Ms. Mayle, her classmates, and representative of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties hope will generate interest and excitement for community service in a younger demographic.

Proceeds from the Scobstacle fundraiser were donated to the United Way. Nikki Keller, vice president of marketing for the United Way, hopes to replicate the Scobstacle fundraiser on other college campuses as well.