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Regent Impacts Local Lives with United Way Fundraiser

By Amanda Morad | January 10, 2013

Through countless outreaches, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers, Regent University plays a significant role in helping make the Virginia Beach community better. But perhaps the most prominent opportunity for staff and faculty comes through the United Way Campaign held at the end of each year.

In the fall, Regent employees open their hearts and purse strings to donate to the United Way of South Hampton Roads, which in turn distributes those funds to local families in order to help them improve their homes, their health and their children's education.

"Our United Way Campaign this year kicked off with a testimony from a staff member that had previously utilized United Way services to help subsidize childcare for her son while she worked—that staff member went on to complete her undergraduate and master's degree and her son is a champion in our local community," reported Tracy Stewart, vice president for enrollment management & information technology. Stewart oversees the yearly campaign.

"Our faculty and staff are very generous and since the money stays in Hampton Roads, our own neighbors are the beneficiaries," she said. "It's an easy way to be a part of the safety net for our own community."

Regent's 2013 campaign raised a grand total of $36,304, a 27 percent increase from 2012. Participation across campus also increased to more than 310 employees.

"We are blessed with wonderful and meaningful employment at Regent University, and we want to share the blessings we have," Stewart said.

In addition to the yearly giving campaign, Regent employees annually participate in the United Way Day of Caring, an event for businesses and organizations across Hampton Roads to donate volunteer hours to a variety of projects.


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