Help IC Family Now

04/02/2003

Contributed by Anita Costa

Due to the many requests for help, the Emergency Relief Fund's balance has dropped to a very low level and is in danger of not being able to help some in our community.

April 2003

Dear Colleague,

The Ithaca College Emergency Relief Fund and the people it helps, now needs your help. We all know how trying this winter has been on our patience and our spirits. Most of us have been able to cope with the constant cold, wind, snow, ice and expenses of additional heating fuel, snow removal, unplanned family care expenses when there were cancellations and school closings, and other weather-related expenses. However, others among us have been caught short of funds to pay for these things, or have needed to use money that was intended for regular expenses for these unplanned expenses. Due to the many requests for help, the Emergency Relief Fund's balance has dropped to a very low level and is in danger of not being able to help some in our community.

This is where you can help. The Ithaca College Emergency Relief Fund is supported totally by donations and is administered by the Office of the Chaplains. The fund was created to assist students, faculty and staff in crisis who need immediate, short-term financial assistance. Every year since its inception, the fund has been able to meet those needs. Any IC community member can request emergency assistance by contacting the Office of the Chaplains. Each request is reviewed by the chaplains and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. All requests are kept confidential.

Your donation will go directly into the fund and every penny donated is used to assist IC community members when they have emergency needs. If you can spare $5, $10, $20, or more to help out a fellow IC community member, you can be assured it will be appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Ithaca College Emergency Relief Fund and mailed to Emergency Relief Fund, Alumni Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850. You can also give a gift securely online by going to www.ithaca.edu/development,
click on campus-wide priorities, and type in Emergency Relief Fund under designation (you must have a credit card to use this method).

It has been heartwarming to see the response during previous fund drives and even more heartwarming, through your generous gifts, to see the smiles of people who were helped by the Emergency Relief Fund when their emergency needs were greater than their resources. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Michael Faber, Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain
Mary Humenay, Catholic Chaplain
Fr. Scott Kubinski, Catholic Chaplain
Rev. Allison Stokes, Protestant Chaplain

P.S. If possible, please send your gift by May 1 so we can provide help as soon as possible!



Contributed by Mary Ellen Hawker

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