Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor, Kim Blocher and congregation member, Gina Bushey, presented a check for $1,620 to Jennifer Weaver, vice president and Judy Alder, development officer, to support the HACC-Gettysburg Campus Dean’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
The money was raised through Zion UCC’s “filled basket” fundraiser. Twenty-one themed baskets were filled by members of the congregation. Monetary donations were made for each basket and then the basket recipient’s name is randomly chosen.
According to Pastor Blocher, HACC-Gettysburg Campus is such an asset to the community. “The campus was picked as the recipient this year because we realize how important education is in the fight against poverty,” explained Pastor Blocher. “Given these trying economic times, we thought there might be students that could use a little extra help in an emergency.”
The Dean’s Emergency Fund provides emergency money to students at the Gettysburg Campus who could be forced to leave their education without extraordinary help. “Students in financial distress are many times unable to pay for childcare, transportation costs, books or course fees, and tuition,” explained vice president Weaver.
“The Dean’s Emergency Fund has helped many students over the years overcome an immediate financial challenge in order to continue their education. We certainly appreciate the support of Zion United Church of Christ in supporting our students in need.”
Zion United Church of Christ has also participated in the HACC-Gettysburg Campus Scholarship Partners Program, contributing $1,000 to the fund to support local students.