Andrew Brown honored by United Way with Emerging Leader award

CMU senior recognized for outstanding community involvement
Andrew Brown

Central Michigan University senior and recreation, parks and leisure services administration major Andrew Brown was recently awarded the 2014 Emerging Leader award by United Way of Isabella County. The award recognizes his outstanding efforts to help improve the quality of life in the community through quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles.

“We are blessed to have tremendous support and engagement from the university community,” United Way Director Tom Olver said. “Andrew Brown is an outstanding example of how a CMU student can actively help make a difference. We were pleased to recognize his contributions with our first Emerging Leader award.”

An Okemos, Michigan, native, Brown is heavily involved on campus working as a resident assistant, leadership camp facilitator and Student Government Association senator. He also serves as the CMU United Way student campaign chair and Dance United coordinator.

“I met Andrew two years ago when he was a sophomore enrolled in an event management course,” CMU United Way member Jennifer Nottingham said. “From this classroom experience and from his involvement in all of his activities, he has really made it his passion to inspire others and sustain student-driven social change.”

Brown believes great leadership changes the world for the better and enjoys being involved in many different areas, doing his part to help make communities stronger and inspire civic engagement.

“If I, or my work, make people’s lives a little better even if only for an hour, then I feel like I have been a success,” Brown said. “Central Michigan University has given me the chance to live my passion, and I thank CMU and United Way sincerely from the bottom of my heart.”

United Way of Isabella County envisions a strong community where everyone achieves their potential through quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles. They provide leadership and resources to improve the quality of life in the regional community by generating revenue, creating awareness and engaging volunteers to support the programs and services of 25 nonprofit organizations.

With help from the community, United Way of Isabella County raised $456,104 this past year. The CMU United Way campaign contributed $70,025 of that total.