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'Tis the Season

Civic engagement is an important part of a Widener education and it helps our students to become socially responsible leaders. In the spirit of the holiday season, take a look at just a few ways Widener gave back this year:

Help on the Homefront

The decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs floored William Truitt: The agency had revoked his much-needed medical disability payments.

After struggling to make ends meet, he learned of Widener’s Veterans Law Clinic, an 18-year-old program at the Delaware Law School that supports veterans appealing decisions involving medical disability claims.

With the help of Liz Tarloski, a Taishoff-Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, and third-year law student Kendrick McLeod, the VA reinstated Truitt’s benefits at an enhanced level and said he would receive back pay for the missed payments.

“It was such a relief,” Truitt said. “I have nothing but high praise for the clinic.”

10 Years of Inspiration

Ridley Park residents Kay Rainford and her husband Peter said the Widener Observatory has been a great opportunity for their children to see “science in action.”

“The staff is just wonderful because they really take the time to stop and discuss things with the kids,” said Kay Rainford. “I think Widener is providing a great service to the community.”

Planting Roots in Chester

Leah Kara, ’15, PysD, has always been passionate about gardening, nutrition, and positive youth development. As a recipient of the Neubauer Family Scholarship, Kara was able to combine her interests to establish a community garden project with families in Chester.

Tech Day

The successful Widener Community Tech Day was back for a second year and included another great turnout from Chester residents and nonprofits in need of a free check-up on their computers.

Community Collaboration

In 2015, there were five Schmutz Student Civic Engagement mini-grants given to support a documentary on Chester, a science event at the Widener Partnership Charter School, a nutrition program hosted by Soccer for Success, a swimming program for Chester youth, and a Healthy Girls of Chester initiative.

Giving Leads to Growth

Every gift – no matter the size – propelled Widener well past the finish line in its single most ambitious and successful fundraising effort in university history.

Taking the Lead—The Campaign for Widener totaled more than $65 million since 2011, surpassing its original goal by $6 million. The funds have aided in the construction of new facilities and have helped put innovative programs into action that address the university goals in academic excellence, civic engagement, global awareness, and leadership. More than $10 million has been earmarked for student scholarships.