You’ve heard about Black Friday. You’ve heard about Small Business Saturday. You’ve heard about Cyber Monday.
Have you heard about Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is the charitable response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the way to kick off the season of whatever holiday you celebrate by giving…to your favorite charitable organization. This worldwide day of giving takes place the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving – this year,
Tuesday, December 1.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, by making a gift to the Spoon River College Foundation, you have an opportunity to be a part of that movement right here at Spoon River College -- to "SNAP" into the season of giving; to help change lives for good.
We call it #GivingSPOONday.
This year, our goal is 200 separate gifts to the SRC Foundation by the end of the day December 1, 2020. Whether that gift is $1, $1000, or anything in between or beyond, it counts toward our goal.
Whether or not someone has experienced COVID-19 first hand, we know this pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another – yourself probably included.
Our community college students are not only no exception, they're feeling the impacts as much as anyone. Safety concerns pushed most of SRC's classes online, many students lacked access to technology to complete their coursework, and most college-aged students were left out of stimulus funding from the CARES Act entirely.
Nearly 80 percent of community college students work to support their education. Due to the pandemic, many students at SRC have seen their income cut – or eliminated entirely. And when 90 percent of first-time, full-time students at SRC already receive some sort of financial aid, losing your income or having unexpected expenses pop up can mean
the difference between staying in school and dropping out.
Since March, the SRC Foundation has been shifting its resources where possible to fund Emergency Grants of up to $500 to students who have lost jobs during this pandemic, student technology needs to help keep them in class when classes have moved online, and other ways to help students navigate this pandemic and remain on track for their education.
The need continues to grow, and more students apply for assistance every day.
Where can my gift help?
anything you want at Spoon River College. You can direct your gift to
any scholarship, program or facility at SRC.
But we especially encourage and appreciate support for our annual fund so that the SRC Foundation can quickly provide in the areas of greatest need at SRC, as the needs for our students have never been greater than they are during this pandemic, and they're shifting quickly during this time of uncertainty.
All gifts are important and appreciated, and you make a huge impact, no matter what you give or where it goes.
Here's what your gift could mean:
$5: An art palette for five SRC Art Students
- $15: A student's welding jacket -- safety first!
- $25: An hour of teaching for 10 students in our Adult Ed Dept.
- $30: A teaching stethoscope for a future nurse
- $50: A new uniform for a student athlete
- $100: Graphing calculator for LRC student use
- $150: A student's full tuition and fees for one credit hour
- $250: A bag of corn seed for our Agriculture Department's Land Lab
- $500: A faculty grant to bring new, innovative ideas to a classroom
- $1000: A new classroom projector or a bench at one of our beautiful facilities
AN ADDED BONUS:
Anyone who donates to the SRC Foundation for #GivingSPOONday on or before December 1 will receive EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the SRC Community Chorus' virtual holiday concert, Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged. This concert, created by over 70 students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and friends of SRC, contains well over two hours of winter and holiday music that is sure to have something for everyone.
The virtual concert is being produced in lieu of the Chorus' annual holiday concert, which raises money for scholarships but which had to be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You won't want to miss this incredible offering from local talent! For more information on the SRC Community Chorus and
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged, visit the Chorus' page, under the "Foundation and Alumni" tab on the SRC homepage.
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged is expected to be released in early to mid December.
How can I get involved?
Make your mark.
STEP ONE:Make a gift to the Spoon River College Foundation on December 1. (Can’t give online? Send us a check and date it December 1. And, of course, if you can't wait until December 1, that's okay!
YOU CAN GIVE TODAY; just let us know you want your gift applied to #GivingSPOONday!
STEP TWO: Send an e-mail to 10 of your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors – ANYONE that you think might be interested in Spoon River College. Tell them why you gave, and ask them if they’ll pass the word!
LIKE the Spoon River College Foundation on Facebook and share our #GivingSPOONday posts with your friends!
Before December 1:
On or before December 1,
send an email or other message to your family and friends – tell them that this is happening! Tell them that you’re participating. Tell them why this matters to you. Tell them why this matters to
them. Ask them to join you by giving or sharing with their friends and family.
Print one of these flyers and post, or allow us to post, in your place of business to help us launch the campaign – or, give directly to your customers!
Or, show the world that you’re coming out of your shell by
sharing SRC Foundation Facebook posts with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingSPOONday. Challenge your Facebook friends and Twitter and Instagram followers to join you in changing the world by starting right here at home.
Change a life for good.
At the Spoon River College Foundation, we’re firm believers that sometimes, all it takes is that
one person giving you that extra boost toward success.
On #GivingSPOONday, you can show the world that YOU are that one person.
Spoon River College alumni have gone on to become educators, coaches, community advocates, engineers, CEOs, doctors, nurses, meteorologists, business owners, farmers, world-renowned mechanics, and so much more – even a Harlem Globetrotter and United States Secretary of Transportation!
Besides SRC, what did they all have in common?
believed in them.
As we speak, we’re pointing the next generation of leaders in the direction of success.
YOU to join us.
On #GivingSPOONday, YOU can change a life for good.
ARE YOU READY? GIVE TO THE SPOON RIVER COLLEGE FOUNDATION!
23235 N. County Hwy 22
Canton, IL 61520
The SRC Foundation is a registered and approved 501 (c) (3) organization, and gifts may be tax deductible.
MAKE YOUR MARK.