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I know that giving to the Los Rios District will benefit the entire Sacramento region. An education can mean a better job, a more stable financial situation, or fulfillment of a dream to the many students served by our four colleges. Whenever and however I donate, I want to know that my time and resources are benefiting my neighbors, coworkers and peers in our communities. The Los Rios colleges make a difference for individuals and all of us who call the Sacramento region our home.
I believe in the crucial work that Los Rios is doing in our region. Each of the district’s four colleges provides exceptional academic programs and technical training, creating a stronger workforce and more informed public. Los Rios provides pathways to success for people from all walks of life, as demonstrated by alumni luminaries such as Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court chief justice. The Los Rios Colleges Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund makes a profound difference in students’ lives, helping them to overcome unforeseen hardships, stay in school, and pursue their dreams.
I came to Cosumnes River College with very little knowledge of community college and, frankly, didn't have the highest aspirations for CRC students. By the end of my first year here, all that had changed and I became a "believer." I regard CRC students as among the best and brightest college students anywhere and I truly believe each student can get "there" (in terms of aspirations) from here!
Working with STEM students in MESA, I read and hear stories of students in high-unit, rigorous majors who strive to balance a myriad of responsibilities that extend beyond academics to family and work. These students often share how they wish they had more time to study and they apply for scholarships hoping to find relief from their extremely busy lives. As you know, something as small as a $100 scholarship equates to that many more hours a student can devote to studying instead of working. In some cases, scholarship awards allow students to finish their degrees and/or transfer sooner, placing them that much closer to their academic and career goals.
Perhaps more importantly, the scholarship awards imply to students that the donors, the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, and the application review team members believe in them and are willing to invest in their future. My cousin recently purchased his dream car and was shocked that the sales person let him take the car for the weekend before making a purchase decision. When my cousin asked the sales rep why he let him take the car, he replied, "because I could see you owning it!"
I know the CRC Foundation can "see" the scholarship recipients achieving their goals and living their dreams. I give to the CRC Office of Philanthropy because I'm all about providing impactful opportunities to our students and I consider the CRC Foundation a strategic partner in this regard.
I am an employee of Los Rios Community College District and donate through a payroll deduction. It’s an easy way to support a wonderful program.
Cosumnes River College's Office of Philanthropy consists of a very caring and knowledgeable staff of two, the Director of Donor Relations, Michele Steiner and the College Relations Specialist, Liz Starbuck. These two ladies along with a very supportive group of CRC Alumni work long hours putting together fundraisers and searching for funding to support CRC students who may not be able to attend college without the Foundation’s Scholarships.
What could be a more deserving program?
I’m happy to give to the Cosumnes River College (CRC) Office of Philanthropy through payroll deduction because I see first hand, every day, how important it is for our students to have access to financial resources, and I like to feel like I’m contributing to that, in my own small way. I’ve also been lucky enough to be a faculty recipient, through faculty mini grants, where the CRC Office of Philanthropy has helped to support student projects that go beyond the scope of our regular classroom projects, like our SMUD solar race boats!
It allows me to give back to an organization that has made a huge impact in my life. When I was first beginning my career in architecture, many of my first projects came from the Los Rios Community College District. I give because it allows me the opportunity to make a difference in an organization that has given me so much, both personally and professionally. I've been lucky enough to watch first-hand the growth that has happened across the Los Rios Community College District over the last 20 years, and I want to help continue the trend of opening doors to more and more students.