By Greis Torres
The Institutional Advancement department at York College hosted the first on-site event for the second year of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28 at the Atrium.
Giving Tuesday also known as CUNY Tuesday is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign where all 24 CUNY campuses participate in order to raise funds for their campuses.
The #CUNYTuesday movement online link will be available for 24 hours. All the funds raised for York College will go towards The Fund for York and those funds will be used for scholarships, expansion of academic programs, faculty development, campus-wide technology access, and the maintenance of the campus and classrooms.
“So far we have raised 5,000 dollars and our goal is to raise 15,000 dollars,” said Geneen McCauley, the annual giving manager for the Institutional Advancement Department. “I think we are right on target because it’s a 24-hour campaign.”
Brunilda Almodovar, the associate director of Academic Advisement, donated to the movement and said that York College is her second home.
“As an alumna of York College, I have spent the last 38 years giving back to my school,” said Almodovar. “I feel the money will help the college be a better place for everyone that works, study, and visits us.”
The students from The Learning Center donated 2,455 dollars to the movement, said McCauley.
McCauley gave away free bottled water, and she sticked four golden tickets in four bottles of water.
“The person who grabs the bottle water with a golden ticket will get a free give away such as a Geico cozy water bottle holder, a glass with York’s 50th anniversary logo, a York College logo bookmark and many other items,” said McCauley.
In addition, she was selling York College red polo shirts for 25 dollars, and anyone who spent or donated 10 dollars or more was entered into a raffle to win gifts like Panera Bread and Red Lobster gift cards, movie passes to Alamo Drafthouse, and many other prizes.
“I would like to encourage students to donate, but I know it may be difficult for them,” said McCauley.
At the atrium, there was also a York charitable wall with many “Ys” taped on that counted for each donation a student or faculty made, said McCauley.
“I don’t want to be like you have to give 10 dollars or more,” said McCauley. “If people want to donate less than that, I’ll accept it.”
This is the link to donate to York College. The link will be available until Nov. 29: http://york.cunytuesday.org/