Providence Day School’s Parents’ Association has resolved to live out their school’s mission by fundraising for Loaves & Fishes of Charlotte-Mecklenburg to meet an urgent need for food in the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Hours after the campaign launched Tuesday with an initial goal of $25,000, the campaign is poised to raise as much as $100,000 for the nonprofit, thanks to a challenge grant from a local family.
Inspired by a mission statement that prioritizes a sense of social responsibility among its students, Providence Day parent Dima Daher, president of the Parents’ Association, emailed the school’s community Tuesday morning April 21 to launch the three-day fund drive. She invited the school’s parents to contribute to the effort, setting a goal to raise at least $25,000, enough to feed 750 families through Loaves & Fishes. The Parents’ Association partnered with the school to collect donations at www.providenceday.org/loavesandfishes through midnight on Thursday, April 23.
Just four hours after the launch, the school’s community had already exceeded the $25,000 goal with more than 200 gifts. And one family with three children including a current Lower School student and two alumni, the Blank family, was motivated to issue a $50,000 challenge grant. So if the school’s parents and supporters match the $50,000 by midnight Thursday, Loaves & Fishes will receive a total of at least $100,000 – enough to feed at least 3,000 families.
“The incredible outpouring of support from our community during this unprecedented and challenging time is a testament to Providence Day School and the shared values of our community,” said Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, Head of School.
Added Jeff Appel, Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement: “We talk about social responsibility all the time, but this incredible expression of support is truly walking the talk.”
Daher said she is grateful for the Blank family’s boost to the campaign. “I could not be more proud of our school community for the remarkable outpouring of support for families in need during this very challenging time,” she said.
Dr. Chris Mullis ‘90, chair of the Board of Trustees and an alumnus of the school, saluted all involved in the effort. “With so many families in need at this extraordinary time, our community has come together to support our city and surrounding areas. We are truly illustrating a part of our school’s mission through this initiative."
Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, PD Head of School, shares a video message about the Loaves & Fishes fundraiser at www.providenceday.org/loavesandfishes