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MSU Denver and YOU ... a Perfect Pair!

By Lynne Winter ‘17

Throughout the month of Socktober, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University are showing their Roadrunner Pride and keeping their toes warm with gifts to the Student Emergency Fund. For every gift of $25 or more made to the Student Emergency Fund between Oct. 1-31, donors receive a pair of limited-edition MSU Denver socks, contribute a pair of socks to a student in need and support students experiencing unexpected financial difficulties.  

The response has been ROWDY!

Socktober began with a goal of 150 donors. With one week left in the month, 281 Socktober donors have raised $12,380, and 382 pairs of socks will be donated to students in need through the Roadrunner Food Pantry.

A financial emergency is one of the main reasons students stop pursuing their educational goals. According to a recent survey of MSU Denver students: 44% were food insecure in the prior 30 days; 45% worry about running out of food before having money to buy more; 47% cannot afford to eat balanced meals; 62% were housing-insecure in the previous year; and 17% were homeless in the previous year.

The Student Emergency Fund is determined to support and retain current MSU Denver students dealing with homelessness or housing insecurities, unemployment, unexpected medical bills and other financial challenges by offering them the opportunity to apply for a one-time emergency stipend of up to $500.

This type of direct support allows students to reimagine what is possible for their futures.  

“After getting sick during the middle of the semester and taking a few days off from work, my work-study paycheck wasn’t enough to pay rent or fill my empty refrigerator,” says Nalinda, ’20. “The Student Emergency Fund helped me take care of rent, buy groceries and focus on regaining my health so I could finish the semester strong. I am deeply grateful.”

Between May and July 2019, 24 students were approved for assistance, and with the support of Socktober donors, even more will have the chance to reach their goal of achieving the American dream of earning a college degree.

A small act of kindness can have a huge impact on the life of an MSU Denver student. When donors make a gift to the Student Emergency Fund and share a pair of socks during the month of Socktober, they are ensuring fellow Roadrunners can continue to Run With Us!

Learn more about Socktober by contacting Bre Milnes, director of annual giving.


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