Local groups including Della Lamb, Operation Stand Down and Toys for Tots were supported through Grantham Gives Back’s philanthropic mission

Lenexa, Kan. — Dec. 18, 2014 — In the spirit of the holiday season, the Grantham University family chose to celebrate all the support they received from the community throughout 2014 by reciprocating through the gift of giving. Grantham Gives Back, the University’s philanthropic mission, selected a variety of charities in the Greater Kansas City area to support via food and clothing drives, fundraising, manpower and a little friendly competition.

Grantham hit the ground running in November by collecting non-perishable food for Della Lamb’s Operation Thanksgiving for the eighth year. In keeping with the theme of Thanksgiving, food donations, the University also volunteered at Harvesters Food Bank, sorting and repackaging food. Additionally, Grantham continued its support of the Heart of America Stand Down when a large number of University “Life Changers” helped set up and operate the biannual event at Memorial Hall.

“I’d never been to a Stand Down before,” said Grantham’s Charles Stiles. “It was an eye-opening, and basically heart-breaking, experience. So many of our nation’s warriors living on the street for one reason or another. I’m glad there are opportunities like Stand Down to provide help and service.”

Multiple departments within the University also chose to take on “pet projects” during this time. The marketing department sponsored the Turkey Trot 5K at Fort Leavenworth and helped host a Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Riley, while the Registrar’s Office collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

As the season shifted from fall to winter, so did Grantham’s focus. To ensure that no child goes without a Christmas present this year, the University held a Toys for Tots drive. Thanks to an interdepartmental competition, Grantham collected more than 300 toys and raised an additional $1,618.51 for Toys for Tots. The University Council presented Maj. Ronald Svec with the check and toys during a University-wide meeting, in which the “Life Changer” population was able to thank Maj. Svec for his service with the Marine Corps and Toys for Tots.

The giving spirit carried on in the Academics department. Not only did they contribute to the toy collection, but they also hosted two separate events: sponsoring three families through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family, and holding a clothing drive for Connections to Success.

“It has been nine years since Kansas City embraced our University and staff following Hurricane Katrina. We realize and appreciate how much the community has done for us, so we constantly strive to go above and beyond when giving back to the city,” said Steve Waldron, Grantham’s chief operating officer.

With all the successful philanthropic endeavors the University has tackled this year, Grantham looks forward to making Grantham Gives Back even better in 2015. To learn more about Grantham and its mission, values and vision, including serving those who serve, visit: https://www.grantham.edu/about-grantham/?tab-grantham-experience.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.