UW-Parkside’s Amy Garrigan and Debra Karp recognized as Employee Campaign Coordinators of the Year

Published: March 30, 2020
By: UW-Parkside Marketing & Communications

SOMERS –More than 300 volunteers, donors, and corporate representatives were in attendance at the Racine County United Way Victory Celebration on Jan. 23, with the expressed purpose of celebrating the community’s support of United Way’s efforts. During the meeting, United Way President and CEO Ali Haigh recognized United Way’s 150 employee campaign coordinators and contributing organizations, which supported United Way through employee campaigns, fundraising events, and corporate gifts. Following that, a number of exceptional contributors were given awards, in several categories. University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Engagement Specialist Amy Garrigan and Community and Business Engagement Director Debra Karp were among those recognized as Employee Campaign Coordinators of the Year.

“The United Ways of both Kenosha and Racine have been long-standing partners with UW-Parkside. We share common goals for our community and I am proud to help support their missions by mobilizing the generous donors from our campus,” said Karp.

Karp and Garrigan have been instrumental in leading a team of their colleagues across campus to implement engaging employee campaigns. Through their team’s work at the UW-Parkside Alan E. Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement (CBE), they have guided the Parkside community to support organizations like United Way. For their United Way campaign, their goal was to increase the number of donors by 20%, but through the generosity of the campus community, the number of donors and total dollars had increased 35%.

“As a longtime supporter and volunteer for United Way, it is my pleasure to support United Way’s good work in the community as an Employee Campaign Coordinator. It is the generosity of the Parkside community that has made our campaign such a success,” said Garrigan.

CBE is a hub for experiential learning and a vital connection for those who put learning into action. By supporting programs that engage students in pressing community issues and substantial work, the CBE team helps faculty, staff, community partners, and employers to develop graduates who are active citizens and leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. CBE supports opportunities in community-based learning, internships, and campus employment for students while ensuring quality by promoting current best-practices. In addition, CBE leads campus Civic Action planning and implementation and facilitates Leadership Kenosha, developing local emerging leaders as community stewards.

For more information about this event, please read the Journal Times story:

Journal Times

For more information about the Alan E. Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement, visit:

Alan E Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement


Media contact:
John Mielke
Communications Director
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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