Donation drive to fund text books for students

By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporter

The Highline College Foundation will be raising money on Giving Tuesday this year to help students pay for textbooks.

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide-wide event that encourages donations to

various charities and causes. This year, Giving Tuesday is being celebrated in 150 countries and has raised a total of $300 million online for various causes.

The Highline Foundation is joining in on the fun and encouraging donations to help students pay for text books they otherwise could not afford.

Josh Gertsman, the executive director of the Highline College Foundation, is the leading the charge on campus.

This year, the foundation has a goal of raising $10,000 for an emergency book fund. Gertsman said that this fund is necessary because buying textbooks can be a barrier that blocks student success.

"Sometimes access to a textbook or electronic resource is all that stands in a way for a student to successfully complete a class and progress toward their degree or program certificate," he said.

During a previous Giving Tuesday, the Foundation was able to raise enough money to buy the food pantry on campus a new fridge.

Gertsman said that events like Giving Tuesday are important because it provides an outlet for local organizations to voice their needs.

"Giving Tuesday is important because it provides a platform for organizations like The Highline College Foundation, local foodbanks, arts organizations, youth serving agencies and more to spread a message through social media and online channels," he said.

There are a few ways for people to get involved, Gertsman said. First, share social media posts you see about Giving Tuesday. This will raise awareness for the event and will get more people involved, he said.

Next, donate. Whether you can donate a lot or a little, do

what you can.
"Every donation makes a

difference," Gertsman said. Gertsman said that local businesses are also getting in on

Giving Tuesday.
"Highline College

Foundation is thankful that Inspirus Credit Union has committed to help kick off Giving Tuesday with a gift to support the Emergency Text Book Fund," he said.

To access the money, students can visit the Women's Program office in Building 6 and speak to a staff member. Gertsman said that Giving Tuesday for this year is a way increase funding for an important cause.

"Our $10,000 goal for Giving Tuesday is a modest step in our efforts to increase this resource," Gertsman said.

To learn more about the event or to donate, go to givingtuesday2018.php. When posting online about the event, Gertsman recommends using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

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