LIMA, Ohio, November 19, 2020 – On Giving Tuesday, 2020, which falls on December 1, Rhodes State College will launch its annual campaign to encourage community members to give ONE gift for students whose need has increased due to the pandemic and shifting economic realities.
According to “Household Pulse Survey” data from the United States Census Bureau, many students, due to income changes, are in need of additional resources for their education. The Rhodes State College food pantry, The SHOP, currently hosts one-day events where they distribute over 250 pounds of food and supplies to assist students who are struggling to provide food for themselves and their families, so they can more fully concentrate on their education without worrying about consistent access to food and other staples.
In order to impact this reality, Rhodes State will join non-profits from around the world to participate in Giving Tuesday, an annual initiative to channel holiday spirit toward community needs. The Rhodes State campaign, #GiveRhodesONE, has a goal to raise $25,000 to secure ONE more credit hour, ONE more class, ONE more semester, ONE more year of education for current and future students. Donors are able to choose which ONE they want to give, and the money raised will go to scholarships and programs that change lives and build futures.
This year, the #GiveRhodesONE campaign team is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has generously given a $3000 matching gift for the initiative. The first $3000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar, giving donors the opportunity to have their gift doubled. When the match is completed, donors will have funded almost a year and a half of quality education for a student with financial need.
Donors can join the campaign by giving online at: http://Give.RhodesState.edu or by calling 567-712-5621. Gifts can be designated toward a scholarship, program, or the area of greatest need.