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UACCB fund drive challenges employees to ‘be the change’

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

This was the challenge given to employees at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville during professional development at the beginning of the fall semester. And employees across campus are rising to meet the challenge.

Kim Whitten, director of institutional advancement, said faculty and staff were encouraged to take piggy banks provided by the UACCB Foundation to collect change in throughout the semester.

The funds will be collected on Dec. 3 in conjunction with Giving Tuesday and will benefit the UACCB Foundation. Community organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the drive as well, Whitten said, and Centennial Bank has committed to providing matching funds.

“In wanting to provide options to all our employees to increase the employee giving rate on campus, the piggy banks are a fun way for everyone to participate as well as keeping the UACCB Foundation visible. The ‘Be the Change…’ quote is one of my favorites and it truly embodies what we try to do at UACCB. With the play on words, it also serves to remind people that our loose change can collectively make a difference,” said Whitten.

Andrea Bruner, UACCB Foundation board member, said she hopes the fundraiser will be a reflection of how a small act can make a big impact.

“I love the idea of the piggy banks to bring about more awareness of the good works the UACCB Foundation is doing,” Bruner said. “These banks are not only a fun way to raise funds, but they are also an investment in our community. We hope these banks will not only get people’s attention but also make them pause and consider how a few coins here and there can add up to make some big changes for students and our community.”

Those who would like a piggy bank to participate in the drive or who would like to make a donation to the UACCB Foundation can contact Whitten at (870) 612-2017. Donations can also be made online at

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