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Volume 23, No. 7       November 13, 2000

College Community Asked to Help

Caring and Sharing

The Interfaith Religious Council and the Staff Council’s Caring and Sharing Committee are once again teaming up for two special charitable efforts — the "Emergency Relief Fund" and the "Happier Holidays" project — both of which are funneled through Muller Chapel.

The Emergency Relief Fund was created to assist students, faculty, and staff who experience a crisis and need immediate, short-term financial assistance. In the past the fund has covered such situations as house fires, families with no hot water or winter heating, medical care not covered by insurance, and emergency travel for a family crisis.

The Happier Holidays project is designed to provide staff members who may be in need with adequate food and presents for their immediate families over the upcoming holidays. The committee collects canned goods for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas/Chanukah holidays and provides gift certificates from Wegmans along with presents for the children.

Neither of the two forms of assistance can be provided without the generous help of the Ithaca College community. The goal is to raise $1,500 for each charity, and all donations are tax deductible. Checks made out to the Ithaca College Emergency Relief Fund and/or Ithaca College Caring and Sharing Committee can be sent directly to Muller Chapel.

Any Ithaca College community member can request emergency assistance by contacting one of the Muller Chapel chaplains directly; holiday assistance can be obtained by contacting Lola Schissel, Muller Chapel administrative assistant and chair of the Caring and Sharing Committee, at 274-3103. All recipients of aid will remain anonymous.

Lending a Hand

For the third year, students at Ithaca College are lending a hand to some underprivileged local children during the upcoming holiday season. The "Helping Hands" project is raising funds to hold a party on Saturday, December 2, at which the children will be treated to food, gifts, games, and entertainment.

The money is raised by selling cutout paper hands for one dollar each. People who buy a hand can decorate it and write a holiday message on it to a family member or friend. All of the hands will be displayed in the Campus Center so others can see the holiday messages. Donations may also be made directly to the College’s Community Service Network, which is sponsoring the project.

"Helping Hands" will be available for purchase every Tuesday through Thursday in the Campus Center. For more information, contact Shira Sliffman at 274-1267 or


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Andrejs Ozolins, Ithaca College Office of Publications. 9. Nov. 2000