Dec 01, 2021
The importance of relationships and helping neighbors in need was the focus of the fourth annual #GivingTuesdayatBonas, where just shy of $78,000 was raised for St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC).
More than 550 donors contributed to the online crowdfunding event, surpassing the original goal of $50,000 early in the effort.
All proceeds support the FCSC’s outreach ministries, allowing students to continue a variety of service work that includes providing nourishment and fellowship at the Warming House; serving as role models for local children through Bona Buddies; visiting with elders in nursing homes through Silver Wolves; helping care for homeless animals at the SPCA; offering a wide variety of fresh and frozen food through the Food Pantry; and learning about sustainable agriculture and service with the Farm to Table program.
“We are so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support,” said Alice Miller Nation, director of the FCSC. “Every dollar donated to #GivingTuesdayatBonas will create opportunities for students to put their Franciscan values to work in the local community.”
As excitement built throughout the month leading up to the event, students took time to share how the FCSC has transformed their lives.
Adam Burlingham, a senior environmental studies major from Newbury, Ohio, spent this past summer planting and harvesting food during the morning hours at Canticle Farm, a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. He spent his afternoons at the Warming House, preparing meals and getting to know the guests.
“I’ve learned so many useful skills and have made connections that I’ll probably keep for the rest of my life,” Burlingham said, adding that his volunteer work “has been extremely beneficial in making me a better person.”
Bridget O’Hern, a senior health and society major who volunteers at the SBU Food Pantry, has realized a sense of accomplishment through her time with the FCSC.
“I'm really proud to be part of this organization,” said O’Hern. “I feel like I'm contributing to the entire St. Bonaventure community. Just knowing that the food pantry is open and accessible to everyone is amazing.”
For more information about the FCSC or to volunteer, please contact Alice Miller Nation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 375-7813. To make a donation, please visit www.sbu.edu/donate.