You may not know it, but every time you step foot on campus, there are students all around you who are hiding their struggles and worries. "How will I make rent?" "What will I eat?" "Can I get through the semester without buying or renting the books for my classes?"

For some, only a few dollars makes the difference between the motivation and energy to complete a degree, or packing up and leaving WMU. This is why Western Michigan University participates on #GivingTuesday with the #Broncos4Broncos campaign.

When we all come together to give a little bit, the impact can be huge. Let's show the world that we care about each other. Let's set a standard of helping each other out. Any amount can help a student in need, and we all have the power to make a difference. This year, gifts made on #GivingTuesday will support the Western Michigan University Invisible Need Project. Please consider making a gift at MyWMU.com/mygift on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

What is Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday™ is a national day of giving following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The third annual #GivingTuesday will be December 2, 2014. We encourage the WMU community to participate in #Broncos4Broncos by coming together on #GivingTuesday to support Western Michigan University.

#Broncos4Broncos was created based on a very simple idea: Broncos helping Bronco students in need. This year, all gifts made on #GivingTuesday will support the Western Michigan University Invisible Need Project. Last year, WMU received more than 850 gifts to support scholarships from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends on Giving Tuesday.

What is the Invisible Need Project?

The Invisible Need Project is a multi-faceted initiative that serves students with unmet, critical needs, while strengthening the culture of philanthropy at WMU. Students who would otherwise need to make the decision to drop out of school, or remain but go without food, heat, or other supplies, are the students who benefit from this project.

  • The WMU Food Pantry has collection sites throughout campus for student, faculty, and staff to donate non-perishable items. A centralized pantry location in the Office of Student Affairs is open to students in need who can shop as often as every two weeks.
  • The Student Emergency Relief Fund directly assists students with various immediate needs that could force them to abandon their higher education. 

To learn more about the Invisible Need Project, please visit MyWMU.com/invisibleneed

Are you someone in need of financial assistance? Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information about financial aid and scholarships at Western Michigan University. 

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