Fairmont State participates in United Way's Day of Action

Monday, July 01, 2019

Giving back to the community is important for Fairmont State University and was represented as employees volunteered during the 2nd Annual Day of Action with the United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties. 

Day of Action is a national initiative to encourage communities to “Live United” through service. Executive Director Brett White said this is an extremely important day for the nonprofit agencies. 

“This allows them to get large scale projects completed by skilled volunteers,” he said. “Many organizations struggle to accomplish large tasks on shoestring budgets, but this day allows them to accomplish a tremendous amount in a short period of time.” 

Pat and Amy Snively, Fairmont State employees, are serving as the co-chairs for the 2020 United Way campaign and were pleased to participate in the activities for the day. 

“Day of Action provides numerous opportunities for volunteers to be a part of solutions that impact people’s lives,” Amy Snively said. “We are excited to unite with our colleagues to create positive change in our community.” 

Jessica Sharps, director of communications, said getting her team involved on Day of Action was a great way to give back. 

“Fairmont State is proud to be a part of Marion County and we are excited to have had a chance to participate in this year’s Day of Action,” she said. “The University Relations and Marketing team spent our day scrubbing rubber ducks for Connecting Link, Inc. In the end we helped out a local nonprofit organization and bonded together as a team.” 

Dr. Ashley Tasker, director of Career Services, economic development and outreach, said her team volunteered at the Disability Action Center for the afternoon. 

“Philanthropy and volunteerism are both contagious and inspirational. By our office lending a helping hand and contributing our time, it not only assists the organization but fosters our own sense of community and collaboration,” she said. “Volunteerism is an essential element to employee well-being, so it’s a win-win for the community and Fairmont State.”

Fairmont State understands the importance to give back the community, White said, and practices that every day. 

“Faculty, staff, and students give back through activities all year but having them participate in Day of Action is especially important because it connects them with other community members who are giving back,” he said. “It also allows them to understand how their dollars are put to work from the annual United Way campaign on campus. We are so appreciative of what Fairmont State does for our community.”