Through their own initiative, students organized and participated in several fundraising activities, such as “Breakfast for One Dollar,” a bottle collection, and a “Christmas at the Mount” t-shirt fundraiser. Filipino student group SAMAHAN (Students at the Mount Advancing their Humanity and Nationality) donated funds from their benefit show and annual Simbang Gabi Mass towards the relief campaign.
“It is inspiring, yet not surprising, to see our community respond so generously to our dear brothers and sisters in the Philippines,” says Matthew Shields, Director of Campus Ministry. “While we surpassed our goal of $50,000 towards the Filipino relief effort, our commitment to alleviate global suffering is ongoing.”
The College celebrates a close connection with the Philippines. In 2010, the College presented the Elizabeth Seton Medal to the Hon. Beningo Aquino, president of the Philippines. His mother, Corazon Aquino, graduated from the Mount in 1953 and later became the first female President of the Philippines. More than ten percent of the students enrolled at the College of Mount Saint Vincent are of Filipino descent.
The College invites the local community to donate online. Contributions may be also sent via check to the College of Mount Saint Vincent with "Concern Filipino Relief" in the memo.
About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.
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