Students and staff recently spent time thinking of and giving to others
The recent hurricanes, though far away from all of the Branford Hall campuses, have had an impact on the entire school community. Students and staff at the Springfield Campus decided to get organized and do something about it.
Raffle for a good cause
Branford Hall Springfield held a raffle the week of September 19, to raise money to help those affected by the recent hurricanes. Faculty and staff created baskets for the raffle, filled with a series of donated items. According to Lisa Robinson, Associate Campus Director and Director of Education, these included a hand-made cozy blanket, a gift certificate, coffee, and chocolates. The proceeds from the raffle went towards a donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner (https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/).
The funds that go to this cause are housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity with extensive experience managing charitable funds and those aimed at helping people recover from large-scale disasters. As of September 21, nearly 100,000 donors had given $62 million into the city-county relief fund to help storm victims in Houston. A foundation press release says that “Everyone from ‘average Joes’ making small donations to major corporate donors have contributed.”
The first round of grants, announced October 4, totaled $7.55 million and went to 28 experienced, local non-profit organizations to provide services and support to flood victims. This includes food banks, local chapters of the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, area ministries, community centers, and other organizations that demonstrated their capacity to make a difference in people’s lives in the wake of this tragedy.
This is an impressive demonstration of outpouring of generosity, and as we know, every little bit helps in these most dire of situations—in our own communities and beyond.
Fall pinning ceremony
This time of year is also meaningful for another reason at Branford Springfield. Friday, September 22 was an emotional day, as the Springfield campus held its pinning ceremony celebrating the students who have completed their classroom work, and are ready to go out on externship. Students will work with local hospitals, clinics, and private doctors’ offices to complete their required 180 hours of experience in the field.
Stay tuned for more updates for Springfield and other Branford Hall campuses in the coming months.
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