Nov 20, 2017 |
Eleven service organizations at St. Bonaventure University will take part in a social media fundraising blitz on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.
If all goes well, the event might be a hair-razing experience for Jeff Sved, the ponytailed director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC). Sved told student organizers he’d chop off 10 inches of his hair if the overall campaign raised $10,000.
“10 for 10,” Sved said with a smile. “We all give what we can. I’d be happy to do it if we can hit our goal.”
Often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, Giving Tuesday is five days after Thanksgiving in the United States.
The movement was created by New York City’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season, specifically Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend some of the money you might have set aside for the holidays,” said Tom Missel, interim vice president for University Relations. “We spend so much time wringing our hands over that last gift to put under the tree. A gift to groups who do so much good in our community could be much more meaningful – and a true reflection of what the holiday season is all about.”
Eight SBU organizations housed under the umbrella of the FCSC, along with Enactus/Embrace It Africa and BonaResponds, will be conducting hour-long social media campaigns on Nov. 28 to raise money for their service groups.
The FCSC, a division of University Ministries, will also take donations to support the growth of service and social justice programming on campus, as well as the leadership development that makes these programs possible.
Money can be donated to any of the organizations at any time throughout the course of the day, but each group will have an hour block on Twitter (@SBUGivingTues) and Facebook (search for #SBUGivingTuesday) to promote what their organization does on campus or in the community.
The hashtag to follow is #SBUGivingTuesday. People wishing to donate can also do so by visiting www.sbu.edu/givingtuesday.
The groups participating and their social media time slots on Nov. 28 are:
- FCSC, 9-9:30 a.m.; 6:30-7 p.m.
- BonaResponds, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- Silver Wolves/SPCA, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- BREAKtheBubble, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Enactus/Embrace It Africa, 12:30-2 p.m.
- Franciscan Fellowships, 2-2:30 p.m.
- Farm to Table, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Warming House, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Campus Conservationists, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Bona Buddies, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A thumbnail description of each group participating:
- FCSC: The Franciscan Center for Social Concern provides expanding experiences of work with the poor and marginalized of society, along with academically credited opportunities to study both causes and solutions to social problems.
- BonaResponds: Formed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, this volunteer group has aided disaster relief efforts ever since while at the same time working in the local community to help those in need.
- Silver Wolves: Students visit a local assisted-living home weekly to socialize and participate in activities with residents.
- SBU @ SPCA: This group volunteers at the Cattaraugus County SPCA, located about 15 minutes from campus, helping walk the dogs and play with the animals that were left there or have been abandoned.
- BREAKtheBubble: A program that organizes trips centered on service, awareness, and education during the fall and spring breaks. This program encourages a deeper level of social awareness and empowers students as agents of change in addressing social issues. Recent trips have gone to St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia and St. Michael’s High School in Arizona.
- Enactus: Formerly SIFE, Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better world. They plan multiple events including Canvas for a Cure and Dream It. Do It., and go on an annual service trip to the Bahamas.
- Embrace It Africa: A program of Enactus, EIA was established in 2007 by three students from St. Bonaventure. EIA’s mission is to help drive sustainable economic growth in the Rakai District of Uganda through initiatives that address the community’s three major challenges: access to financial markets, educational opportunities, and public health.
- Franciscan Fellowships: This program provides financial assistance to servant leaders grounded in the Franciscan charism, making further transformative experiences possible. These stipends help students with travel costs for service trips internationally and domestically.
- Farm to Table: Farm to Table is none-week summer program made up of six students who live together in community. They spend four mornings a week volunteering at Canticle Farm in Allegany. They also staff the Warming House Sunday through Friday in the evening. The program provides students hands-on experience with sustainable agriculture and service on the margins.
- Warming House: The nation’s oldest student-run soup kitchen, the Warming House offers meals and companionship to patrons six days a week in downtown Olean.
- Campus Conservationists: The CC aims to promote conservation and sustainable practices at St. Bonaventure and the local community, and to promote outdoor spaces as an integral part of the St. Bonaventure identity.
- Bona Buddies: This long-running big brother/big sister group matches St. Bonaventure students with children in grades K-6 from the surrounding area.
#GivingTuesday was inspired by the core Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and reflects the 92nd Street Y’s mission of reimagining community and giving back.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges.
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