We are reaching out to you as fellow members of the Colorado College community. This message comes from the student organizers of the recently created Colorado College Mutual Aid Fund, an entirely student-run fund created by students, for students. Your gift to this fund will go directly to students in need to cover necessary expenses such as rent and grocery bills.
Colorado College Mutual Aid draws on a long history of communities supporting each other in times of crisis and working to help community members meet basic needs that are not adequately met by current systems by creating new ones. Our immediate goal is to raise funds to alleviate financial stress that has arisen due to the past, present, and future hardships of 2020. Our long-term goal is to create a mutual aid network that is not limited to monetary aid in order to adapt to the ever-changing nature of need within the CC community. Mutual aid is based in solidarity, not charity. It is a non-conditional investment in the community by other members of that community.
Through a grassroots social media campaign, we raised and redistributed over $37,000 in the past month, mainly through donations under $100 from current students, as well as from alumni, parents, and other family members related to the Colorado College community. The support has been immense, and we are so grateful for every donation we have received so far, no matter the amount.
To fully fund the rest of our 104 student applicants, we need approximately $150,000 more. The average amount students requested from our fund was $1,800, and these funds are mainly to be used for groceries, rent, utilities, travel to and from campus, technology for online classes, and medical bills. As the recent partial closure of campus has put many students in difficult situations once again, we are reaching out today to ask that you support our student community with whatever amount of monetary aid you are comfortable giving at this time.
Transparency is important to our group and we want to make sure that you all feel comfortable donating. As such, we will be hosting a Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. MST on Thursday, Sept. 17th. You may register here. You will have the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have in real time on this Zoom; we will also be joined by William Schiffelbein, the Director of Annual Giving.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or more, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.