Ursuline’s sixth annual crowdfunding event was on April 23-24, 2020. Our spring online fundraiser asks donors to give $24, or some multiple of 24, and we have typically raised more than $100,000 for school operations. This year the online event was changed to allocate 24% to two local food pantries, HOPE Community Services and CSA of Mt. Vernon.
The Ursuline School community demonstrated tremendous spirit and generosity! We raised a total of $100,371 of which $24,089 was donated to HOPE and CSA.
“The generosity of the Ursuline School never ceases to amaze me. As you know, we are experiencing an unprecedented increase in need at the moment. This contribution will certainly help us feed our community at such a critical time,” said Walt Ritz, Executive Director of HOPE Community Services.
HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle, NY has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of meals served, from 15,566 in February 2020 pre-crisis to 56,654 in March 2020.
CSA, Community Service Associates, is a vital meal program in Mt. Vernon, NY that usually serves hot meals but is currently preparing to distribute non-perishable goods.
Both organizations are in cities that have had high numbers of COVID-19 cases.
“We know that food pantries are among the first organizations to suffer and even to close in an economic emergency,” said Principal Rosemary Beirne. “During this pandemic, we are trying to help some of these forgotten populations that we help throughout the year.”
In the course of the crowdfunding event, as certain Challenge Goals were met, two food deliveries were made. HOPE Community Services received 124 lbs of fresh turkey and hams thanks to Susanne and Paul D'Ariano P'15. We are so glad that Ursuline alumna Jaclyn D’Ariano ‘15 was able to make the delivery. And the New Rochelle restaurant Posto 22 provided 124 hot meals to HOPE Community Services.
On May 1, as a result of meeting two more Challenge Goals, we delivered to HOPE Community Services 248 nutritious packed lunches for distribution to public school students in New Rochelle. The LaMarca Family P’17, ‘22, owners of San Fratello Deli in Tuckahoe, and Ursuline’s Board of Trustees co-sponsored this meal. Thank you to alumnae Marisa ‘17 and Juliana ‘22 LaMarca and to Board Chair Ann Gillin Lefever ‘82 and Vice-Chair Sheila Sohr P’12 for coordinating this special effort.
And 500 lbs of canned goods will be delivered to the CSA food pantry, as we met the fifth Challenge Goal, thus completing the food deliveries generated by CROWDS4TUS, AND4OTHERS.
We are grateful to the 893 donors in the Ursuline community, representing 25 states across the U.S., as well as Canada, England, Luxembourg and Spain.
More details about the online fundraiser, CROWDS4TUS, AND4OTHERS can be found at https//:www.ursulinenewrochelle.org/ActionCenter2020