CONTACT: NADEJA WESLEY
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 7, 1999
Parents Association agrees to financially support
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 coordinators position,
which will allow the program to continue operating while exploring other funding
SAFEWALK currently receives funding from the UI Student
Government (UISG). The Parents Associations 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 Associations 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 programs 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 Associations generous support, continued
support from the UISG to cover program expenses and the support from the Womens
Resource and Action Center, SAFEWALK looks forward to a promising year."
SAFEWALK is located at the Womens Resource and
Action Center. For more information, call 353-2500.