CHARLESTON, WV – On December 3, West Virginia Junior College joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that harnesses the power of a variety of partners to transform how people think, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday is designed to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harnesses the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving.
West Virginia Junior College decided to partner with #GivingTuesday by collecting items for local homeless and domestic violence shelters. The project, headed up by Career Management Director Kayla Donathan, is the first of its kind in the school. “We really wanted to bring all of our programs together for a good cause” Donathan stated. “We are involved with community service year-round on a program-by-program basis. However, since it is the holiday season, I thought it would be beneficial to have the students, staff and faculty work together as a collective unit to gather items to donate.”
Many items have been collected including travel sized toiletry items, warm jackets, winter hats and blankets. Staff and students have seen the opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season. “It has been a privilege to work with our remarkable students and staff on such a meaningful project” stated Academic Dean Cyndi Tawney. “This has truly been a great experience that we hope to continue every year.”