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Ichabods Moving Forward

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Bayley BakerBayley Baker

Communications Committee

I joined Ichabods Moving Forward because I am passionate about promoting the welfare of others and giving back to my community. I believe that we have the power to create the world we want to live in, and I think generosity and humanitarianism are vital for making that world a better place. Furthermore, I would consider myself a compassionate person and believe strongly in the importance of the Student Emergency Fund. I see the potential for this fund to do a lot of good. One of the reasons I love Washburn is the sense of community, and I see my involvement with Ichabods Moving Forward as a way to pay that feeling forward and give back.

Clare BindleyClare Bindley

Events Committee

When given this opportunity to become a part of a team which raises money to directly benefit students, I was so excited and honored! Helping others is a passion of mine and recently I have felt as if I am not doing as much as I know I could to benefit others. Personally, I have struggled with finances as a college student and I know the stress of being financially insecure. College is a stressful time, having financial issues on top of that only makes it worse. I believe if I can help someone alleviate some of their financial insecurity, their quality of life will become stronger.

Sierra CarrenoSierra Carreno

Communications Committee

I became involved with Ichabods Moving Forward because it is an amazing opportunity to give back to our campus and help out fellow Ichabods in need. Being a part of the Washburn community has inspired me to become more involved in philanthropy and serve others.

Sydney FoxSydney Fox

Events Committee

I like to give back to the community that supports me in the things that I do. Coming to Washburn, I knew that I wanted to be involved in student organizations, but I did not necessarily know which ones. I have found that the student organizations that I enjoy the most are the ones that allow me to work with a variety of students and give back to the campus community that is giving me the chance to grow as a student leader.

Andrew GillAndrew Gill

Communications Committee

While my parents never had a ton of money or resources growing up, I certainly recognize that I had (and have) a level of privilege not afforded to many people. However, since I’m currently putting myself through college, I obviously don’t have a lot of money personally; but, if I can take an hour out of my week to spread care for others, even a little, it’s the right thing to do.

Reed HarpReed Harp

Development Committee

Throughout my life, I have always looked for ways to give back by connecting with others in the community and volunteering for the betterment of others. This has always been a passion of mine to help others and I believe that this is a great opportunity to do so.

Alison JohnsonAlison Johnson

Events Committee

I joined because I would like to be able to give back to my Washburn community. Washburn has done so much for me, in helping me learn, develop leadership, form relationships, and grow as a person. Taking care of our community is incredibly important to me and something that I think draws a lot of people to Washburn. Washburn really is a family of people willing to support you, which is something I felt from my first time on campus. I think that this initiative is an amazing way to spread that care and compassion.

Hannah KirbyHannah Kirby

Communications Committee

Being involved in philanthropy is important because it challenges me all while changing the world around me for the better. Massive changes start with small communities like ours at Washburn. I joined Ichabods Moving Forward because the Washburn community supported me in my times of need and throughout my successes as well. I am passionate about philanthropy and I want all Ichabods to be successful.

Blythe LandonBlythe Landon

Development Committee

Philanthropy has always been a passion of mine. After graduation, I hope to pursue business in the mission field or start a non-profit. An organization dedicated to being proactive in helping other students is incredibly valuable. Many student organizations on campus provide extracurricular activities for students, but this organization provides a lifeline for students in emergency situations, making a positive and immediate impact in their lives. I am honored to be involved in this work.

Brandon MorenoBrandon Moreno

Events Committee

I believe that getting involved in philanthropy is important because it allows you to impact as many people as you can. Throughout our journey, there are going to be many people who help us out. It is our job to then pass along that help to others who may need it. This is why I joined Ichabods Moving Forward. I have seen the power of what a helping hand can do and I want to be able to extend the reach of Ichabods Moving Forward to as many people as possible.

Becca NymanBecca Nyman

Events Committee

I wanted to join Ichabods Moving Forward because I thought it was a good way to reach out to Washburn’s students, and a great way to give back to my community. Washburn is a home for me, and I want other students to feel like this can be a home for them too. To do that we have to support each other, being a part of this organization allows me to do this. It also allows me to share my passion for Washburn, the other students, and the community.

Paul MismarquePaul Mismaque

Communications Committee

Often being in college means getting an education that would help towards your future life goals but for me it is much more than that. It means having the chance to volunteer and getting to know the people that you would not know if you stayed in your comfort zone. Helping people can be beneficial to you as a human being, it can expand your horizons and allow you to see the world through a new lens.

Luzianne StaffordLuzianne Stafford

Development Committee

Being involved in a philanthropy is important because of how big of an impact it has on others. It can really change someone's life for the better, which is what encourages me to continue doing my part in order to help others. I decided to join Ichabods Moving Forward because I know what it's like to be in a bad financial situation. Joining Ichabods Moving Forward allowed me to help others in similar situations and ensure that they could continue their education at Washburn.

Adam YoungAdam Young

Development Committee

Being involved in philanthropy presents a unique opportunity to help students in unexpected financial situations. It’s crucial that we listen to the needs of our fellow students and help out when we can. There was once a point where I needed assistance, so it felt natural to be in a group like Ichabods Moving Forward that aims to help others in their time of need.

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If you have questions about Ichabods Moving Forward, contact us at ichabodsmovingforward@wualumni.org or 785.670.2747.



"With my deepest sincerity, thank you. I cannot tell you how much of a difference this makes. I feel like I can breathe again, and I had not realized how much of my energy and mental focus was spent on financial worries. I genuinely do not know what I would have done without your help and the generosity from the Ichabods Moving Forward program." – Nick

"Being an older non-traditional student is extremely difficult, but it’s even harder when you’re a First Gen, a single parent, AND a small business owner. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my children and I experienced almost immediate challenges maintaining our stability that threatened my ability to remain in school. Without the help of Ichabods Moving Forward, I’m not sure where we would be until other economic aid becomes available. I am so so so thankful for the help we received during such an overwhelming time. It makes more of a difference to us, now and for our future, than words could ever quantify." - Bailey

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