Big Brothers and Big Sisters finds support in KU family, United Way
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost and professor of psychology,
knows firsthand the difference that United Way funds can make in children’s
As a board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Douglas County,
McCluskey-Fawcett sees both the tangible and intangible benefits of the
“The community support that is provided by United Way is a significant
portion of the annual BBBS budget, and without UW contributions to the
agency, far fewer boys and girls in our county would be able to have contact
with the caring adults they do now,” McCluskey-Fawcett says.
She also has a closer relationship to the program. Her husband, Steve
Fawcett, professor and senior scientist in human development and family
life, has been a Big Brother to a boy named Gari for two years.
“Speaking as a child psychologist, the importance of one caring,
committed adult in a child’s life can make all the difference for
that child navigating his or her way to a successful adulthood,”
Every dollar and every hour counts toward helping BBBS, which McCluskey-Fawcett
is well aware of.
“Without KU’s participation, many fewer kids would be served.
There is always a waiting list of children, especially boys, who are looking
for their very own ‘Big,’” she says. “So even
more KU involvement would be great.”
KU’s goal for the 2004-05 United Way campaign is $230,000 from 700
donors. As of Sept. 10, KU faculty, staff and students had contributed
$58,665, thanks to 17 donors and a large gift from the Rock Chalk Revue.
Several events are scheduled in the next few weeks to help kick off the
United Way campaign.
The fifth annual Race Ipsa, a 5K run/walk sponsored by the Student Bar
Association and benefiting local charities, will start at 8 a.m. on Oct.
2 at the Burge Union. To register or for more information, contact the
SBA at 864-5584. Last year, 80 people participated, and organizers expect
close to 100 this year.
During Homecoming Week, Oct. 2-9, KU will again face off with the University
of Missouri to see which can collect the most change on campus. Students
and staff will collect for the Challenge for Change at several campus
locations, defending KU’s 2003 victory.