In the month of December two Rutgers students, Tiffany and Christine, celebrated their birthdays by creating Facebook fundraisers for YES, which raised a combined total of $1,500! Tiffany is a junior studying Finance and Business Analytics at the Rutgers Business School and Christine is a junior majoring in English. We were so happy and thankful that they thought of us on their special day and we wanted to give them a chance to share about their experience.
How did you get involved at YES?
T: I first learned about YES as a freshman through Enactus, a social entrepreneurship club at Rutgers. I was part of Enactus' marketing committee and got the chance to meet Barry, YES staff/volunteers, and the kids. Learning about YES' mission, interacting with the kids, and being able to contribute to improvements in their lives was why I stuck around. I wanted to help YES toward its goal of sustainability by utilizing the lessons I've learned in the classroom and collaborating with my peers in conducting research.
C: I also got involved at YES through Enactus as a freshman. I worked on a project with YES and after the project ended, I wanted to stay involved so I became a CAST tutor.
Tell us about the birthday fundraiser you did.
T: I got the idea when I saw Nathan and Wilson's Facebook fundraisers. I wanted to help YES in whatever way possible and this opportunity seemed like a great way to not only raise money, but also spread more awareness about YES.
C: This year was the first year I wasn't able to tutor but I was itching to help out in other ways. When I saw Tiffany do a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday, I followed suit. I wasn't sure if people would be willing to donate, but I ended up having to increase my goal from $500 to $800 after I reached $500 in less than a week!
Learn anything from the experience?
T: I learned if everyone contributes a little bit, anything is possible!
C: Don't underestimate the power of relationships and meaningful interactions, however brief they may seem. Half of the money raised came from friends that I haven't kept in touch with or with acquaintances that I've had short conversations with. I was really surprised by everyone's generosity and willingness to contribute.