Southwest Virginia Community College Celebrates GivingTuesday by Removing Student Barriers, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement on December 1, 2020

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GivingTuesday December 1, 2020

CEDAR BLUFF, VA This GivingTuesday, Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation will inspire generosity by raising awareness and funds to remove financial barriers that keep students from reaching their educational goals. This year, our students and community have faced a multitude of adversity, from changing how we go to class, to lost jobs, caring for an ill family member or worse. Even as we are dealing with grief or other hardships, life does go on and we believe the future will be bright. 

“Every student should have the chance to reach their educational and career goals. Life gives us plenty of barriers to overcome and 2020 has given us more than usual. Of course, we all need food, housing, and transportation; unplanned financial hardships should not be something that keeps our students from reaching their goals at Southwest,” says Susan Lowe, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. “With your help we can continue to provide assistance to our students in need of additional support.” 

GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday.  Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 21 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities. 

“GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.” 

Those who are interested in joining Southwest Virginia Community College’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit sw.edu/givingtuesday. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter. 

About Southwest Virginia Community College: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit http://www.sw.edu 

About GivingTuesday: GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.