Even while working from home, University of the Fraser Valley employees are still finding a way to help students by donating their monthly parking fees to assist those in need.
As of April 27, 152 employees are voluntarily reallocating a total of $3,980 per month to the UFV Student Emergency Fund, assisting students experiencing urgent and serious financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That sum will continue to climb as monthly deductions accrue, and possibly even more employees join. Organizers hope to reach their goal of 200 participants.
The idea was proposed by a staff member during roundtable discussions at a recent UFV emergency operations committee meeting. Almost immediately, staff and faculty jumped on board.
“This is a difficult time for everyone, especially for students navigating uncharted personal and educational challenges,” says Anita Nielsen, UFV’s executive director of advancement and alumni relations.
“We wanted to help, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who continues stepping up and contributing to this important initiative. This idea was employee-based and really grew organically, which I think speaks volumes about how much UFV’s community cares about our students.”
Employees, alumni, and other community members can also make a one-time donation at connect.ufv.ca/giving/donate