Mason Helps the Local, Global Community

Posted: November 14, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ready to share the goodwill of the coming holiday season? A number of units at Mason are offering opportunities to help out those in need. Always generous, members of the Mason community can choose how they would like to assist the less fortunate, both locally and globally.

If your Mason group is coordinating such an effort, send information to for a future announcement.

Hunger and Homelessness Action Week

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will sponsor a food drive during Hunger and Homelessness Action Week, Nov. 16 through Nov. 21, on the Fairfax Campus. SAAC will have several drop-off locations throughout campus for nonperishable food donations that will benefit a local food pantry. For more information on how you can make a food donation contact Alexandra Lacoste or Mutsa Nyakabau at 703-869-2785.

Drop-off locations:

  • Field House (in lobby next to Life Skills)

  • Freshman Center (second floor in the Johnson Center)

  • Aquatic and Fitness Center (lobby)

  • Skyline Fitness Center

  • Student Activities (lower level of Student Union Building I)

Holiday Spirit

The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement is once again running the Holiday Spirit program. Through this program you are invited to donate food and gift items for local families in need in the area. Sign up to donate a food item, a child’s gift, a full basket or even sign up your entire office — together you can create a food basket that will make a family’s holidays great.

Donations will be accepted at the CLCE office on the fourth floor of Enterprise Hall. The drop-off deadline for items for Thanksgiving is Wednesday, Nov. 19. CLCE will also be asking for donations for food baskets and gift baskets for the December holidays. Contact Gladys Abreu, 703-993-2900, for more information.


This year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) slogan is “Give Hope, See What $2 Can Do,” focusing on the fact that any donation amount has a positive impact.

With over 1,300 charities in the campaign, there are many opportunities to find worthy causes that speak to each of us. The online directory at is easy to navigate (click Donors, then click Find a Charity) and allows each person several options to search for charities by region, ZIP code and name.

The easiest way to pledge is through payroll deduction, which is available to faculty and staff members. One-time donations using cash, a check, a credit card or stock are an option for all, and online donations can be processed through credit cards. These are charitable donations and are tax deductible as allowed by IRS regulations.

Helga Yunker in Human Resources and Payroll is Mason’s CVC coordinator this year and is hopeful that the Mason community will show its generosity during these difficult times. She can be reached at 703-993-4057 or Pledge cards, which have been distributed, can be sent to her at MS 3C3.

The Women and Gender Studies Goat Project

The Women and Gender Studies Center is sponsoring a Goat Project for the holiday season. They are raising money for the Women’s Center for Job Creation (WCFJC), an organization that works to promote sustainability for women in Uganda. The money you donate will be used for the purchase and upkeep of goats for Ugandan women.

WCFJC also provides beneficiaries with the tools and supplements they will need to rear healthy goats. The purchase and transport of each goat equates to $50.

They will be collecting money through Dec. 6. Drop by the Women and Gender Studies Center in the Johnson Center, Room 240K, to make a donation. If you would like to write a check as a contribution you can make it out to Vicki Kirsch; and in the memo section write: Women’s Center for Job Creation. Call 703-993-2896 or e-mail for more information.

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