Giving HCCHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (11/26/19) — Hopkinsville Community College Foundation announced board member Betsy Shelton has given $2,019 to its annual PATH campaign, HCC officials reported. Shelton, District President of First Financial Bank noted in remarks recently that the foundation hosts “two successful events that bring in about $40,000 to $45,000 per year. By supporting the annual campaign, we are sowing the seeds for future giving.”

Shelton said her years in nonprofit management have informed her knowledge regarding annual giving, and understands the importance of multiple opportunities for support of the college.

According to HCC Institutional Advancement Officer Yvette Eastham, the campaign highlights the diversity of students served by the college. “Our students come from vastly varying backgrounds, some immediately after high school, others while deployed serving our country. There are those who have been laid off and are transitioning jobs in life, some who are in recovery after addiction or incarceration, those searching for higher paying careers or job skills, and those escaping homelessness and poverty. Our students are working adults, single parents, veterans and military dependents, recent high school graduates who choose to start a four-year degree at HCC. Many require deep resources to navigate their way to a credential or degree and a great job, and we are working to help clear a path for these students,” Eastham concluded.

HCC President Dr. Alissa Young noted that investing in the annual campaign helps to remove barriers to success that are not always academic. “Scholarships are critical to students being able to access education at HCC. We are also finding that many students face other critical needs including transportation, food insecurity and housing issues. As we work with our community partners to address these issues, seemingly insurmountable barriers crumble and a more promising future for our students and community emerges. Together, this campaign, PATH – Passionate Aid that Transforms right Here enables the college to provide the resources for students to pursue their educational goals,” she concluded.

The college goal for the campaign is $45,000 and they will celebrate #GivingTuesday and donors during a special event at Casey Jones Distillery beginning at 5:30 p.m. on December 3. All donors at $80.76 or more are invited to attend the event, and gifts will be accepted at the door that evening. Gifts may also be made by calling (270) 707-3733 and making payment by credit card, debit card or arranging for an invoice.

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Hopkinsville Community College celebrated Giving Tuesday in 2018 by renaming the auditorium lecture hall in memory of Dr. Thomas Riley, the first president of Hopkinsville Community College.

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Information provided by Rena Young, HCC

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