Really Good Stuff: Washington College, Faculty and Staff Donates $28,000 to Local United Way


Washington College is donating $28,000 to United Way of Kent County, after 82 faculty and staff responded to President Kurt Landgraf’s pledge to match whatever they contributed.

“I am just so proud of the Washington College community, and I appreciate the generosity and caring of this faculty and staff,” Landgraf says. “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. Last year, eight employees gave through the payroll deduction for a total of $1,248. As of December 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,” says 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 directly supported or provided resources for many United Way 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.

Early in his tenure as Washington College President, Landgraf made United Way of Kent County a priority as a way for the College to do more to support the surrounding community.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but I grew up an orphan. I know what it’s like to seriously need the help of others,” Landgraf says. “This is one of the reasons that I have always been a big supporter of the United Way, and why, as soon as I came to Washington College, I got involved in United Way of Kent County. I know how much good this organization can do. And I want to make sure that everybody at our College knows how much good it can do, how it can lift up whole segments of our community’s population that need help the most.”

Letters to Editor

  1. The college and college staff donating to charity is a good an admirable thing. It’s too bad they drank the koolaide, didn’t do their due diligence and find a charity that provides a higher percentage of it’s donations to the real work of the charity. United Way pays huge executive salaries and a much bigger percentage to administration which other more responsible charities use to promote their good work. Maybe next year.

    • Keith Thompson says

      What Mr. Powell says may be true about the national chapter of the United Way as is true about many national charity organizations; it is my experience from getting to know and interview the Kent County residents that make up the United Way of Kent County as well as the local member agencies they work with, I’m 100% comfortable in saying that any donation made to the United Way of Kent County will do wonders to benefit the citizens of Kent County. Community organizations, whether or not they have some affiliation with a national one, are almost always going to know the needs of their community better.

  2. Carol Droge says

    It is wonderful to see such support of the community by President Landgraf and the staff of WC. Thank you from the Board and agencies of your local United Way. What is raised here, stays here!

  3. Gerry Levin says

    I’m very glad to say that Don Powell is incorrect. >> Congrats to Washington College for supporting your community!

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