In congruence with Niagara University's Vincentian mission to support those in need, students, alumni and friends collected over $3,500 and more than 1,000 pounds of food and nonperishable goods Dec. 1 in association with #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday is a national initiative, now in its fourth year, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The event inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities; give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support; and help create a better world.
Niagara University had representatives collecting monetary donations and nonperishable goods at 13 on-campus locations. In exchange for contributions, donors were treated to a cup of hot chocolate, courtesy of Metz Culinary Management.
NU alumni Doug Stire, Class of 2013, and Robert Ingrasci, '08, also collected gifts at their places of work, Praxair and Lumsden McCormick LLP, respectively.
Coordination of the event was handled by the university's office of alumni engagement.
The proceeds from Niagara's efforts were distributed evenly to the Heart, Love & Soul food pantry in Niagara Falls and Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, which also conducted its own collection in conjunction with the global movement.
Niagara University was one of six local organizations - along with Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc., the Isaiah 61 Project, Family & Children's Service of Niagara, the Niagara Falls Public Library and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara - to be included in a #GivingTuesday proclamation signed by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster.
"We pause to congratulate all of the organizations that have come together in unison to make Niagara Falls a very wonderful place to live," City of Niagara Falls Administrator Donna Owens said. "I commend you all on behalf of the city - and on behalf of all those who you touch every day, we say, 'Thank you.' "
Monetary gifts to the Niagara Fund are still being accepted online at www.give2gether.com/projects/givingtuesday.
To learn more about Niagara University's involvement in the community, go to www.niagara.edu/serving-the-community.