Join Eastern Washington University in promoting the spread of generosity and goodwill Tuesday, Nov. 27, as the campus community celebrates its third annual Giving Joy Day.
Similar to the global tradition known as Giving Tuesday, Giving Joy Day is an opportunity for EWU to encourage selflessness while contributing to student success.
Having exceeded last year’s goal with a total of $260,000 raised, this year’s campaign will aim to raise $275,000 for student scholarships and other areas of need. Additionally, EWU has made it a goal to receive donations from all 50 states.
“This time of year, people are giving back to areas that are important to them,” said Kyndell White, assistant director of annual giving. “Giving Joy Day is Eastern’s chance to join in.”
To further spread the joy, EWU President Mary Cullinan has declared that she will double contributions of up to $10,000 made by Eastern employees, all of which will go towards scholarships.
Individuals will be given the option of donating to causes that will support Eastern students. For instance, the Desautel Hege Scholarship, created by two EWU alumni who founded the Spokane public relations firm in their names, will be awarded to a communications studies student in need. The Big Smiles, Big Futures scholarship is another that, once endowed, will provide assistance to a deserving dental hygiene student each year.
Throughout the daylong campaign, various EWU clubs and organizations will be found performing acts of kindness across campus. Stationed at the entrance of Tawanka, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be passing out candy and hot chocolate to anyone in need of a pick-me-up.
ASEWU will also be contributing by running a donor drive for Be the Match, a national bone marrow donor program. By registering as a donor, individuals will make a positive impact on the recipients involved.
Whether donating a gift, spreading joy in the community or promoting #GivingJoyDay on social media, all EWU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this year’s event.