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Development and Alumni Relations supports Laurier students
Aboriginal students in financial need and the Laurier Student Food Bank will receive a boost this holiday season from Laurier’s Development and Alumni Relations Department (DAR).
DAR donated more than $2,000 to the Laurier Student Food Bank and the Aboriginal Student Emergency Fund. The funds came from staff who have been raising money all year through a variety of initiatives. Most recently, a silent auction raised $1,633.
The Aboriginal Student Emergency Fund helps Aboriginal students in unforeseen financial crises. This emergency bursary provides short-term assistance to students who experience unexpected and immediate financial pressures. Crises can include unanticipated living costs, daycare and babysitting expenses, unexpected delays with First Nation band funding or government loans and other situations.
The Laurier Student Food Bank, which opened in October 2006, helps students in need to meet their basic nutritional needs. The service, which is completely anonymous, is run by students and is part of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region network. Confidential food deliveries are provided on a 24/7 basis. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated, and food packages typically last up to a week or more.
“The Food Bank has grown exponentially over the past few years. For example, in November of 2011 we had 31 deliveries, November of 2012 we had 45 deliveries, while in November of 2013 we had 76 deliveries. This not only illustrates the growth of the service, but also how important it is for Laurier,” said Laura Curk, vice president: programming and service, Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union.
“Many do not realize that the majority of the food used to operate the food bank is donated. This means that if it was not for generous donations from groups like Development and Alumni Relations, the food bank could not exist. It also means that without such donations, more Laurier students would be spending more time figuring out where to get their next meal, instead of focusing on their academics."
DAR has been raising money to support various charities for the past four years. This year was the third silent auction and the most successful to date. Charities that have been supported in the past include Adopt A Family run by Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region, Kitchener-Waterloo Out of the Cold and Stuffin' Stockings in addition to the Laurier Student Food Bank and Aboriginal Emergency Fund.
Staff and faculty who wish to join DAR in supporting Laurier students can make their gift online at https://web.wlu.ca/giving/.