Wabash frats united to help

Photo courtesy of Wabash. Theta Delta Chi brothers gathering after collecting pledges in previous campaign

For 50 years, Wabash College students chose one evening each fall to walk the neighborhoods around Crawfordsville and knock on doors to accept donations for the United Way in Montgomery County (formerly MUFFY) annual drive.

Professors, families, and others in the community switched on their porchlights in anticipation of a brief visit from these young men. Unfortunately, like many things, COVID-19 forced an end to that tradition last year.

That’s when the Wabash College fighting spirit kicked in.

A group of student leaders put their heads together and, working with the United Way in Montgomery County office, decided on a new path. The presidents of the fraternity set a goal for each house to raise $500. With ten houses and one group consisting of the independent residence halls, the Wabash Student Campaign aims to raise $5,500 — substantially more than has been raised in the recent past.

Each house is approaching the challenge differently. Many are using football tailgates to entice alumni into the efforts. Others are donating proceeds from current fundraising events to the campaign. Some are creating new options. All are working hard to meet the goal and make a difference.

Dr. Eric Olofson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wabash, chairs the drive this year. “Wabash College is excited to continue our tradition of helping United Way in Montgomery County raise money for local nonprofit agencies that serve our community,” Olofson said. “These agencies are an important part of the fabric of Montgomery County, and we are privileged to be able to give back to a community that gives so much to the College and our students.”

While there is no longer a need to turn on your porchlight, you can still support the Wabash men in their efforts. Simply designate “Wabash Students” or name a specific fraternity on the memo line / organization box. Donations may be sent to United Way in Montgomery County, PO Box 247, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or online at

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United Way in Montgomery County is built on the 50-year legacy of Montgomery United Fund for You. They believe in a Cradle to Career commitment, and strive to continually improve the quality of life for citizens here. They aim to provide collaborative leadership to engage in conversation and develop long-lasting solutions that promote human dignity, self-sufficiency, and individual character.