College Raises More than $24,000 for Student Service & Solidarity Missions Trips

November 30, 2018

By Kristin Atkinson

This year marked the second year Saint Anselm College participated in the national day of giving on November 27 to support the college's Service and Solidarity Missions Trips, and the second year the college exceeded its fundraising goal. Early tallies show that on Giving Tuesday, 375 members of the extended Anselmian community rallied to give approximately $24,421 to offset the cost of the student-led Winter Break Alternative (WBA) and Spring Break Alternative (SBA) trips overseen by Campus Ministry during winter and spring breaks. This year’s campaign included a challenge from Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission, who donated $1,000 when the campaign reached 300 total donors.

“We are truly grateful to our benefactors who made this Giving Tuesday a success,” said James F. Flanagan, senior vice president for college advancement. “Thank you to the administration, alumni, faculty, family members, friends, monks, staff, students, and trustees who joined together to contribute to the WBA and SBA trips and support this beloved Anselmian tradition.”

“I would like to recognize the efforts of the Annual Giving team, led by Jennifer Lorrain, executive director for the annual fund,” added Flanagan. “The team collaborated with many campus partners including Campus Ministry and College Communications and Marketing to mobilize the Anselmian community and exceeded the original campaign goal by more than $14,000.”

The focus of Saint Anselm’s Giving Tuesday campaign was to raise funds for students to go on Service and Solidarity Missions Trips. More than 240 Saint Anselm students are signed up to participate in service trips to 19 sites during this school year.

“On behalf of the participating students, I want to thank our Anselmian community for the outpouring of support on Giving Tuesday,” added Sue Gabert, Ed.D., ’91, assistant dean of students and director of Campus Ministry. “Service and Solidarity Missions transform our students and the communities in which they serve. Students return to campus with a new understanding of our most vulnerable populations and of themselves.”

Jessica Gipson ’14 participated in a mission trip at H.O.M.E. when she was a student at Saint Anselm College. H.O.M.E. addresses homelessness, poverty, and rural isolation in Orland, Maine.

“If you were wondering if someone’s outlook can completely change in one week, it can,” said Gipson. “We arrive with the intention to give more than we receive, but inevitably we leave, taking away much more than we gave. In Maine, we gave them our hard work, but the logs we chopped up were going to be used in less than a week, the new paint will eventually chip. Yes, we were there to help them, but they were more of a help to us.”

Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season. Saint Anselm College joined the Giving Tuesday movement for the first time last year to inspire the entire extended Anselmian family to collaborate and give back in impactful ways to the college.