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Why Giving to the TECHniques Center on #GivingTuesday (and any other day of the year) Matters

By Brandi Willis Schreiber

This year, the TECHniques Center and Student Disability Services will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, for the first time.

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Many may not know that the TECHniques Center relies on charitable donations to provide much-needed resources to our students, tutors, and staff. Although the fee associated with our program helps to cover tutor and staff salaries and some administrative costs of the program, it’s the donations from individuals, families, and other entities that allow us to do things like:

  • Provide scholarships to students who otherwise would be unable to afford our fee
  • Purchase updated computers and software for our computer labs and tutoring spaces
  • Install whiteboard walls (which get used all the time) and white board tables for tutoring
  • Provide in-depth training to tutors each semester
  • Purchase food and snacks for hungry students and tutors who don’t have the time or resources to eat
  • Celebrate student and tutor successes by hosting Student and Tutor Appreciation Days and our end-of-semester Graduation Celebration
2 college-aged women stand in front of a whiteboard with writing notes for a class.
Students and tutors at the TECHniques Center love studying using the whiteboard walls!

Past donations have been put to amazing use that have increased the usability of our space and make the TECHniques Center a warm, welcoming environment, and for these donations – no matter the size – we are grateful! To illustrate that point, here’s a short list of how your donation can be utilized:

  • $1 can purchase snacks for students and tutors during tutoring sessions and trainings
  • $5 can purchase pencils, markers, and paper to use during tutoring
  • $12 can recruit the most qualified tutors on campus
  • $25 can provide one hour of tutoring and academic counseling to a student
  • $50 can help us develop in-depth, interactive training for tutors
  • $75 can help us celebrate student milestones and success
  • $100 can replace worn tables or chairs
  • $200 can update software and train new staff
  • $500 can provide a much-needed scholarship to a student
  • $1,000 can purchase a computer or develop new scholarship opportunities
A college-aged man points to a computer screen, while doing a math problem
Donations help the TECHniques Center provide resources for student success.

Would you be interested in joining us on Giving Tuesday 2017 by making a donation? If so, below are just a few of the funds you can donate to and how your contribution will be utilized:

The TECHniques Center Fund for Excellence, which was established in 2009 to ensure our long-term viability, supports daily operations and services for students and tutors. Specifically, donations to this fund have helped us provide our in-depth tutor training each semester in spaces that accommodation our large tutor population, purchase updated tutoring supplies and computers, and helped us host our Student & Tutor Appreciation Days and our Graduation Celebration events, among many other things.

Our ultimate goal with the TECHniques Center Fund for Excellence is to move the TECHniques Center towards financial independence by allowing the Center to become fully self-supported. A self-supported TECHniques Center would ensure services for students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders for many years to come.

The TECHniques Center Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 by The Leinen Family, provides annual scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in the TECHniques Center to allow access to students who could not otherwise afford our fees. Donations to this fund help us build scholarships to provide to students who want to use our services.

The Guy & Elwanda Phillippe Endowed Scholarship, established in 2014 by our Managing Director, Dr. Phillippe, provides annual scholarships for students with learning disabilities or ADHD. Donations to this fund will also help build scholarships for students in our program.

The Student Disability Services Fund for Excellence, established in 2015 with gifts from the SDS staff and former students, also supports the daily operations and services of Student Disability Services. Donations from this fund are used to purchase assistive technology, student instructional materials, equipment and office supplies, and student scholarships.

Lastly, the Alex C. Watkins Memorial Scholarship Endowment, established this year by the Askew family in honor of their son, Alex C. Watkins, will provide an annual scholarship to one student registered with Student Disability Services. Donations to this fund will help create a scholarship for a student with a disability in any area of study.

Are you ready to impact our students’ lives? If so, add Tuesday, November 28 to your calendar and go online to make a tax-deductible donation!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog as we share stories about our center how giving can make an impact. You can also help spread the word using #GivingTuesdayTC

Thank you for thinking of us and for your support!

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