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Islander Faculty and Staff Celebrate Global Day of Giving

December 11, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 140 faculty and staff from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi participated in #GivingTuesday, a global initiative inviting people from all corners of the world to give back to their communities. #GivingTuesday, which is in its fourth year, takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, it fell on Tuesday, Dec. 1. This is the second year that faculty and staff from the Island University have participated in #GivingTuesday.

“Last year, only the staff of the Division of Student Engagement and Success participated in #GivingTuesday. This year, the event was opened up to all University faculty and staff,” said Ann DeGaish, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Student Engagement and Success. “We were pleased to more than triple the number of volunteers and hours donated this year. TAMU-CC volunteers logged over 329 hours on #GivingTuesday 2015.”

Also increasing was the number of volunteer locations. Islander volunteers were able to make a difference at six off-campus locations and three on campus events. Volunteers participated in tasks like sorting donations at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, packing boxes at the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, donating blood for the Coastal Bend Blood Center and lending a hand at Corpus Christi Metro Ministries.

“My job was to assemble small hygiene kits for the local homeless population,” said Joe Miller, Director of Community Outreach, who spent the morning at Metro Ministries. “One hundred percent of the staff in the Office of Community Outreach participated, and everyone felt good about being involved in this kind of community engagement. The entire experience was rewarding.”

Rachel Cox, Director of Disability Services, also volunteered at Metro Ministries.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve,” said Cox. “All the people we helped responded to us with smiles and gratitude. The more I learn about the plight of the local homeless, the more I want to support organizations like Metro Ministries. They have an amazing and caring staff.”

Staff members from the Division of Student Engagement and Success, Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Institutional Advancement, Harte Research Institute, and Research, Commercialization and Outreach volunteered.

“We were pleased with this year’s event, and look forward to how it will grow with more participants and locations next year and into the future. It’s important for us as a campus to give back to the Corpus Christi community,” said DeGaish. “It’s part of our Momentum 2020 Strategic Plan, and we teach the importance of community service to our students. #GivingTuesday gave us the opportunity to put words into action and to serve the community that supports our institution.”

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, go to http://www.givingtuesday.org/.