Saint Anselm College Joins the Giving Tuesday Movement

November 22, 2017

By Michelle O'Regan

This November, Saint Anselm is joining Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. On November 28, our Anselmian alumni and students are conducting a social media and peer-to-peer fundraising campaign to raise support for Saint Anselm Giving Tuesday. Look for and use the hashtag #AnselmianGiving.

The focus of Saint Anselm’s Giving Tuesday is to raise support for students to go on Service and Solidarity Missions, student-led service trips overseen by Campus Ministry during winter and spring breaks. These mission trips enable students to learn about Catholic social teaching while spending time living and working with those most in need. The "hands on" nature of this program, focusing on service and community, gives participants the chance to build and renovate homes, tutor children, serve in soup kitchens, as well as to visit families and individuals in the community.

“The total cost for Service and Solidarity Missions to 18 sites in 2018 will exceed $160,000,” said Sue Gabert, Ed.D., director of Campus Ministry. “We must raise money to supplement the costs of food, travel, and the use of volunteer facilities in each community.”

“These trips are a great opportunity for students to use their time and talents on behalf of those less fortunate,” Gabert added. “Our students will greatly appreciate any help on Saint Anselm’s Giving Tuesday. We hope all members of the extended Anselmian family understand that their donations will make an important difference in the lives of those we will serve, as well as those of us who choose to serve.”

In 2018, the Service and Solidarity Missions Program will celebrate its 28th anniversary. These trips have become a rite of passage and beloved Anselmian tradition for students. Due to increasing demand, mission trips are now offered during both spring and winter break.

Occurring this year on November 28, Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.