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Special edition Giving Tuesday to help students in need

May 4, 2020

The Office of Institutional Advancement is fundraising for the Flagler College Cares: Emergency Relief Fund during a special edition of Giving Tuesday meant to provide urgent help to those hardest hit financially by COVID-19. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

The unprecedented events of this year have precipitated us to look creatively at ways we can best serve our students, and in some cases faculty and staff who need relief the most. This CARES fund has already allowed us to provide assistance to many students during this time of need, but we want to do more with your help. The impact of your contribution will be immediately felt as the funds go directly towards their most pressing needs of technology assistance to complete their coursework from home, rent, food or transportation to get home. Simply check out the giving site here at giving.flagler.edu.

During the last few weeks, funds have also gone towards replenishing the Lion’s Den food pantry in order to help alleviate some students’ food anxieties. The pantry had been operating from the Ringhaver Student Center with the help of a staff member and student worker.

“The College has really supported me through the challenges of this pandemic,” said Chelsea LaVallee, a first-semester senior who is currently working from home as part of her on-campus student worker job. “Once this pandemic is over and campus gets back to normal, I’m really excited to enjoy actual campus events again.”

As our spring semester comes to a close and students stay home with their families, make due living off campus in St. Augustine or embark on an online summer class schedule, what we do know is that some students more than others face uncertainty. As time goes on the needs of our most vulnerable students may change. But our goal is to enlist the help of our Flagler Family to provide those students with a boost during this time and provide some small hope to those who truly need it now more than ever.

Please visit flagler.edu/FlaglerCares on Tuesday, May 5 after 10 a.m. to see more stories of impact from students such as LaVallee and alums such as Linda Stoughton during Giving Tuesday virtual activities. After donating on giving.flagler.edu or visiting the Flagler Cares virtual events page on Facebook, share your giving story on social media by using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.

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