PVCC Launches Giving Tuesday Campaign

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Piedmont Virginia Community College is launching a #GivingTuesday campaign to help offset enrollment costs for students with financial struggles.

Three-fourths of PVCC students attend part time, and the college says financial issues often keep some from continuing their studies. That's why the money raised from #GivingTuesday will go towards resources to help students stay enrolled and continue their education.

Those resources include several programs: Network2network, which helps students looking for employment; Great Expectations, which provides resources to students who have aged out of foster care; And the Kathy Hudson Student Emergency Fund, which awards money to students facing sudden financial circumstances.

PVCC gives away more than $25,000 a year in direct-financial assistance to students, and is hoping to give more.

"We know that we have more than 150 students each year that have financial emergencies, and we just don't have the resources to support all of the requests that we get. So any dollars that we can raise to support students really makes a huge difference," said Harry Stillerman, vice president of institutional advancement.

From noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, the college will host a Giving Tuesday event in the Bolick Student Center with free food and guest appearances by the school's mascot. The first 100 people to donate will receive PVCC pennants.

Administrators say this event is a great way to kick off the giving season, and they want to remind people any donation, no matter how big or small, makes a huge difference for students’ success.

People can also donate online.