Locally Connected: Webster Kansas City’s 40th Anniversary Community Service Project

| August 1, 2012
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Bill Yeager’s marketing class helped the local Harvesters food initiative, later brainstorming on how to better publicize the Harvesters network’s distribution services.

To help celebrate 40 years in Kansas City, Webster University’s K.C. campus location has asked faculty, alumni, staff and friends to pledge 40 hours of time to their favorite charities. When the project was launched in November 2011, the goal was to recruit 40 volunteers. As of July 2012, they have 50 volunteers, with several already finishing their 40-hour commitment.

Their stories — and this initiative bringing a whole campus location together — is a great example of how Webster University students, faculty, staff and alumni are locally committed to their communities throughout Webster’s global network of campuses.

Several volunteers have sent photographs and stories about their experiences. Faculty member Sandra Campbell volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Unit at Jefferson Place Health Care facility in Lee’s Summit. She recognized the need for mental stimulation among the residents and decided to incorporate music as one of her practicums for ministerial school. Sandra developed a proposal and discussed it with the Activities Director who quickly bought into it. Now, the residents are ready and waiting for Sandra to arrive and she is amazed at their response.

Faculty member Bill Yeager and his MRKT 5940 Promotion Management class visited Harvesters Food Network in July and, after hearing how Harvester’s collects, and distributes food in the 26-county area, they brainstormed ideas for promoting Harvesters to the Webster K.C. community. They will now schedule a Harvesters food drive on campus every term.

Congratulations are in order for faculty member Shirley Marshall (who volunteered therapy at the K.C. Free Health Clinic), staff member Wally Lovett and alumna Debbie Topp for completing their 40-hour commitments. In the course of this project, so many members of the Webster community have met new friends and made new connections with many wonderful people at organizations doing great work in the Kansas City area.

Webster K.C. will wrap up the 40 Hours/40 Volunteers/40 Years project with a party in late October. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help strengthen Webster’s ties to its local communities!

To see more volunteer photos and read their stories, visit this Webster K.C. blog page.

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