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Sept. 19 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 3

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‘Big Brother’ gives time, money to United Way

 

 

David Johnston, marketing coordinator for the KU Memorial Unions and a member of the KU United Way Committee, volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County.

 

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David Johnston has seen the work that KU dollars do for United Way agencies — but he’s more interested in the work that KU people can do. So is his Little Brother, Bradley.


Total this week:$105,907
Goal: $225,000
Percent of total: 47

 

Johnston, marketing coordinator for the KU Memorial Unions and a member of the KU United Way Committee, volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County through a new site-based program called Bigs in Schools.


“Unlike traditional Big Brothers who meet anytime, anywhere, I meet up with my ‘Little’ at [his] school,” Johnston says. “It’s a great way for busy professionals to get involved.”


Works like these are exactly what Johnston says United Way money and volunteers support. With declining budgets statewide, the need is more great than usual.


“In Douglas County, we have wonderful people who have always been generous in times of need,” Johnston says. “We’d all like to give more, but I’ve learned that giving a little is important too.”


Johnston has spent volunteer time not only with Bradley but with two other United Way agencies. He worked with the VanGo after-school program and the Salvation Army.


“Both my mother and father have been active volunteers for the Salvation Army, and that spirit of volunteerism is something they always encouraged,” Johnston says.


As a member of the committee that’s spearheading the effort to raise money on campus, Johnston understands the importance of contributions, but volunteering time has its benefits, too.


“Although I’d love to be able to give more money to the program, it’s amazing to see the kind of impact you can have on a child by simply sitting down and talking with him,” Johnston says. “Plus, who could resist the pizza at Deerfield?”

   
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