“Nonprofits need support to bring their visions into reality — to build community and improve livelihoods,” said Megan Barber, executive director of the CAP. “The act of supporting a nonprofit builds community. The donation from the Esports club strengthened the relationship between our organization and IC while connecting the students to creative impacts across the county.
“I felt so honored and surprised when the Esports club reached out to me,” Barber continued. “I was impressed that they had done their research to make a thoughtful decision about how to contribute the funds they raised. And I was grateful that they saw the power in the Creative Recovery Fund and chose to work on our behalf.”
Club leaders say they intend to continue these semi-annual fundraisers in collaboration with local nonprofits. Bradley believes they can leave an impact on Ithaca, as it has on them, and to continue to foster a relationship with the local community.
“There's so much set up in the Ithaca community for us,” he said. “The local infrastructure, businesses, and restaurants give so much to the students. This town is, in large part, reliant on students. Due to the pandemic, they haven't been able to interact and give to the community in the same way as before. That’s why it’s important to continue that relationship and support.”