Portsmouth College students raise funds, Compassion for Ukraine

I received a video from a group of very excited students in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Great Bay Community College was doing something really important by raising awareness and donating for affected communities in Ukraine.

Brittanie Mulkigian, Director of Student Life at Great Bay Community College, said “The project has been developed and run by Great Bay Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the International Club. Great Bay hosts students from more than 20 different countries.”

GBCC has a Ukrainian student who has not spoken to her family since February 28, and another Russian student who also has family in Ukraine.

Brittanie Mulkigian SGA and international members celebrate their achievements

Brittania Mulkigian
SGA and international members celebrate their achievements

Mulkigian goes on to say that “both clubs wanted to do ‘something impactful’ campus-wide and decided to work together.” The students combed through all possibilities for relief efforts and landed on Crisis Relief Fund for Ukraine Global Giving.

The SGA and the International Club have created a two-week campaign featuring free pizza, cupcakes for donation, movie night and perhaps the best incentive for cash-strapped students: for every $5 you a student donated, they won entry for a free transfer. 4 credit course at GBCC. Students and staff have responded positively to relief efforts.

Brittanie Mulkigian GBCC baseball team members Meridius Pendell and Casey Holmes buying raffle tickets from SGA and International Club members.

Brittania Mulkigian
GBCC baseball team members Meridius Pendell and Casey Holmes purchase raffle tickets from SGA and International Club members.

The GBCC Director of Student Life added, “I am beyond proud and impressed with this group of students. This project achieved much more than fundraising ($3,232.43); he offered our students opportunities for collaboration, engagement (we love seeing and hearing students in the lobby after semesters of distance learning!), shared compassion, and opportunities to learn and discuss different cultures and world events.

The future is in good hands with the students of Great Bay Community College.

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