On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Eastern Washington University will kick off its second annual Giving Joy Day celebration, a day dedicated to encouraging generosity and goodwill.
The one-day campaign will aim to raise $250,000 for student scholarships and other areas of need, while also performing acts of kindness in the Cheney and Spokane areas. The campaign takes place on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday.
Last year, EWU exceeded its inaugural $100,000 goal and raised $274,770 to support scholarships. Faculty, staff and students also used the day as an occasion to spread joy throughout the community.
An EWU public relations class took last year’s campaign as an opportunity to learn how PR can be used to promote good. Students created their own fundraisers, lent a helping hand to a neighbor in need, and baked dog treats to give to new owners at a local animal shelter.
“I like the idea of helping local – I think it’s really important,” EWU student Thomas “T” Ghezzi said last year about baking dog treats. “I wanted to do something that impacted an organization and create a ripple effect.”
Ghezzi will be performing the act of kindness again this Giving Joy Day.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will also be involved this year with a “Spread the Joy through PRSSA” event on Nov. 28 in the Communications Building. They will be giving away coffee, hot cocoa and Almond Joy bars.
EWU staff will also hand out free hot beverages and goodies to students in the campus mall and at the Jefferson bus stop. ASEWU will be giving away free pizza to students in the JFK Library.
All EWU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in Giving Joy Day by giving a gift, spreading joy in the community or sharing the message of #GivingJoyDay on social media.