Southwest Virginia Community College recently held its first alumni phonathon to raise funds to scholarship deserving students who cannot afford a college education. This was the first time one of the VCCS colleges has attempted to conduct a phonathon and the response was overwhelming.
“We are so proud of the way our alumni stepped up to the plate and gave from their heart,” said J. Mark Estepp, SWCC president. “We received over $28,000 in pledges over a period of only two weekends even though we only had a chance to talk to about 2,000 out of 14,000 graduates. I am so proud of our alums and the level of support and gratitude they showed for their alma mater.”
“Our original goal was to raise $20,000,” said Phyllis Roberts, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Since we hadn’t done this before, we really didn’t know what to expect. So, I wrote to a few of our graduates who I knew had a heart for our students and asked if we do this, will you support us? The answer was a resounding ‘yes!’ ”
That list of graduates, Roberts noted, included a TV celebrity. “SWCC graduate Jayma Mays, a Hollywood actress who currently stars on the show Glee and the sitcom, The Millers, wrote back immediately and wanted to make sure we got her donation online that very evening!”
Estepp and Roberts also commended the students, volunteers, and staff who sacrificed their weekends to come to the college to make the calls. “I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said John Carper, SGA president. “It made me proud to see how much the alumni value the college and the education they received.”
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