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Roadrunners are making a difference

During these extraordinary times, donors keep hope alive for MSU Denver students.

By Lynne Winter ’17

June 1, 2020

Students walking past Roadrunner Food Pantry.The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of Metropolitan State University of Denver students and their families. When the campus closed in March, many vulnerable students expressed concern about continued access to educational necessities such as computers, internet access, food, employment and more.

In response, the University called on the Roadrunner community to make a difference in students’ lives. Donors responded with impactful gifts to the Student Emergency Fund and the Roadrunner Food Pantry, making it possible for students to not only survive during these challenging times but also thrive.

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 time frame, the fund distributed $90,525.60 to 121 approved applications. Although the Roadrunner Food Bank is not currently open, it continues to serve students by providing them with electronic gift cards while supplies last.  

Each day, the University receives new, urgent requests for support. The generosity of 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 face challenging circumstances due to the loss of income, the passing of a loved one or a medical emergency, all Roadrunners deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams. With our support, they can continue to reimagine all that is possible for their futures.

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.

Topics: Funding, Roadrunner Food Pantry, Student Success

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