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Donors are Making a Difference

By Lynne Winter '17

Like so many of us, the effects of COVID-19 have dramatically impacted the lives of MSU Denver students and their families. When the campus closed in March, many of them wondered how they would be successful without access to the necessities they depend on– computers, internet access, food, jobs and more. A shadow of uncertainty loomed over the heads of our most vulnerable community members.

The University called upon the Roadrunner community to make a difference in our student's lives. Donors responded with impactful gifts to the Student Emergency Fund and the Roadrunner Food Pantry, making it possible for our students to not only survive but thrive during these challenging times.

Between March 1 and May 27, 410 donors made 500 gifts totaling $162,469 to the Student Emergency Fund, and 73 donors made 79 gifts totaling $10,104 to the Roadrunner Food Pantry

Those funds are fulfilling an ever-increasing need for financial assistance. Between March 16 and April 29, the Student Emergency Fund received 250 applications requesting more than $190,000 for help with rent/mortgage, medical expenses, utilities and more. During the same timeframe, the fund distributed $90,525.60 to 121 approved applications. While not currently open, the Roadrunner Food Bank is serving students by providing them with electronic gift cards, while supplies last. 

Each day, we receive new, urgent requests for support. The generosity of our donors makes it possible for students to rely on the Student Emergency Fund and the Roadrunner Food Pantry for the assistance they need to focus on taking care of themselves, their families and their educational goals.

Whether students are facing challenging circumstances due to the loss of income, the passing of a loved one a medical emergency, all Roadrunners deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We are thankful to donors for supporting our students during this critical time. Because of you, our students can continue to reimagine all that is possible with their future.

Roadrunners take care of Roadrunners. It's what we do.

For more information about the Student Emergency Fund or the Roadrunner Food Pantry, contact Bre Milnes, director of annual giving, or the MSU Denver CARE Team

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