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CONTACT: NADEJA WESLEY
SAFEWALK Coordinator
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: May 7, 1999

Parents’ Association agrees to financially support SAFEWALK

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Parents’ Association at the University of Iowa has agreed to financially support SAFEWALK -- a student-supported volunteer escort service designed as a safe alternative to walking home alone for UI students, staff and faculty. The Parents’ Association is contributing $7,500 to fund the coordinator’s position, which will allow the program to continue operating while exploring other funding options.

SAFEWALK currently receives funding from the UI Student Government (UISG). The Parents’ Association’s collaboration came after a decrease in funding from the UISG and its decision to eliminate salaried positions from all Priority I student organizations.

Sarah Simpson, a SAFEWALK volunteer for three years, said she is appreciative of the Parents’ Association’s help. "They see the importance of safety on campus." Simpson adds, "SAFEWALK helps students feel secure, and I am glad to be a part of it."

The SAFEWALK Coordinator, a 10-hour-a-week position, is responsible for overseeing the program’s budget and daily operations, and for recruiting, training and communicating with SAFEWALK volunteers. The program needs 45 volunteers to effectively run all shifts.

"I am excited that SAFEWALK will continue to operate next year," said Nadeja Wesley, current SAFEWALK coordinator. "With the Parents’ Association’s generous support, continued support from the UISG to cover program expenses and the support from the Women’s Resource and Action Center, SAFEWALK looks forward to a promising year."

SAFEWALK is located at the Women’s Resource and Action Center. For more information, call 353-2500.