280 Islander Faculty and Staff Serve Community During Giving Tuesday

Published: November 30, 2018

280 Islander Faculty and Staff Serve Community During Giving Tuesday

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Volunteerism is a signature of Islander spirit and pride and Giving Tuesday offered more than 280 Island University faculty and staff time to reflect on the good fortune in their lives while supporting the less fortunate in the community. From providing meals for food-insecure individuals, to renovating a historic theater, to grooming therapy horses, to cleaning the graves of veterans, Islander employees participated in a multitude of charitable efforts on Nov. 27.

“It’s wonderful that we have this time to volunteer and be a part of a global initiative that’s much bigger than us,” said Cadence Olivarez, administrative assistant V, who volunteered her time at The Ritz Theater. “It’s amazing that, on whatever small scale, we can give back to our community. I got to be a part of something that I’m very passionate about, which is cultivating a community of art, and I’m incredibly grateful and humbled for the opportunity.”

Giving Tuesday also demonstrated to faculty and staff the kind of impact they can have on their community. Volunteers at Kids Against Hunger packed 21,834 meals over the course of 4 hours. These meals will be distributed to kids in need through the Coastal Bend Food Bank. Faculty and staff also donated their time on-campus by collecting donations for the Islander Lights Toys for Tots fundraising drive and the Izzy’s Food Pantry food drive. They also gave the gift of life by donating blood to the Coastal Bend Blood Bank.

Collectively, 842.5 volunteer hours were donated at 17 locations in a single day. This is the fifth year Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees have participated in Giving Tuesday, which has seen incredible growth since 2013.

“Days like this make me proud to be an Islander,” said Ann DeGaish, associate vice president of Student Engagement and Success and dean of students and Giving Tuesday event coordinator. “Part of the University’s mission is to prepare graduates for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in the global community. I believe that #Giving Tuesday allows faculty and staff to demonstrate our commitment to this principle and be part of something bigger.”