This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Generation Hope is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement by donating to Generation Hope on November 29.
This #GivingTuesday, we’re raising $3,000 for our Scholar Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund is a crucial part of the Generation Hope Scholar Program because it helps Scholars who are facing dire and extreme financial emergencies by giving them a “hand-up” – temporary emergency assistance for crises ranging from paying rent to covering childcare.
“Not being able to afford a scientific calculator can derail a student from pursuing their degree," says Generation Hope Founder and CEO, Nicole Lynn Lewis. "When a major crisis happens, it can immediately cause everything to halt. Our Scholar Emergency Fund helps teen parents in college keep their heat on, stay in their homes, access childcare and more. It is a game changer."
The Emergency Fund has helped a Scholar who recently left an extremely abusive relationship and couldn't pay rent the following month. It assisted a Scholar who was facing eviction and whose car had broken down. It supported a Scholar who could not afford her books for the semester. Scholars who request help from the Emergency Fund often have no other place to turn to; it's their last resort. Without this crucial financial assistance, Scholars might otherwise have to reduce their course load or drop their classes altogether.
"The emergency fund is extremely important. It provides hope. Knowing that the emergency fund is available, is like knowing that Generation Hope always has your back." -Scholar Alum AnnKatherine Tobar
The Washington Post's recent article, "A few hundred dollars in aid can make all the difference to some college students," talks about how vital even small amounts of funding can be to students who are struggling to make ends meet. It can mean the difference between staying in college and dropping out. This is why Generation Hope's Emergency Fund is so important.
This week, we are sharing stories of Scholars who have benefited from the Emergency Fund and how it has changed their lives and gotten them one step closer to the finish line – a college degree. We hope that they inspire you to give to Generation Hope this #GivingTuesday. Each dollar will be matched up to $1,000 by the Linder Family. You can truly make an impact.
For more information, please contact Jesseca Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.