Today is the last day of the active phase of the Chadron State Foundation’s annual Fall Fund Drive. This year’s theme is “No Better Time To Give.”
Foundation development officer Jake Rissler coordinates the drive and the roughly 120 volunteers split into 10 teams of campus and community members.
He says this year’s drive has been a little different because of COVID-19. The kickoff luncheon became a virtual event and the contact with potential donors has been almost exclusively by phone.
Another change is that a portion of the money raised will be used to help CSC students who have been hit financially by the pandemic.
When on-campus classes resumed this fall, a food pantry was begun to serve CSC students in need.
Rissler says the Fall Campaign theme was chosen in part because of the changes and challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Rissler says the fall campaign is unique because it focuses on businesses and individuals throughout Chadron and Northwest Nebraska, emphasizing their importance to the school and recognizing their challenges as well.
The Fall Campaign has 4 co-chairs, 2 from the campus and 2 from the community, each serving 2 years. This year’s carryovers are professor Dr Shaunda French-Collins with Chamber of Commerce Director Gabby Michna. New are Taylor Osmotherly on campus and Trish Martens for the community.
The campaign is still a friendly competition between the campus and teams with prizes to both the winning campus and community team.