Winfield Elks Club Helps Fund Freshman Work Day

Leadership Southwestern will receive a grant from the Winfield Elks Club for the annual Freshman Work Day.

The local Elks Club has donated funding to Freshman Work Day for the past two years.  This year the Elks will fund lunch for all of the freshman workers and their site leaders, as well as sponsoring supplies at 17 sites across Winfield.

“In a time of tight budgets and funding, this continued support from the Elks is a welcome relief and very much appreciated by Leadership Southwestern,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “It proves yet again that community organizations and partners play a pivotal role in the work going on at the college.” 

Southwestern Leadership students will be facilitating the annual Freshman Work Day event on Aug. 15, and approximately 160 new Moundbuilders are expected to blanket the community in service.  Openings for site locations are still available. 

“If you are a homeowner and have various manual labor jobs to be completed (painting, yard work, small building projects, etc.), please e-mail us ( with your interest or fill out the online application at,” Wilke says.

Freshman Work Day was started by the Leadership program in 1992 with the goal of establishing positive relationships between Southwestern College and the community.  Since then, all incoming freshman have spent their first day as Moundbuilders doing service for the community.

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