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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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‘It is our hope that we find nobody:’ Rock County Homeless Count

February 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

This past Wednesday, some 30 students and community members bundled up in their warmest winter gear and assembled at the Liberal Arts in Practice Center for the biannual Rock County Homeless Count. Groups of volunteers were assigned to different designated areas of the city to look for people in parks, lots, bars, and convenience stores who don’t have a place to sleep. The count also includes people living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, safe havens for the homeless, or domestic violence shelters.

The point-in-time count is intended to collect data on the number of people experiencing homelessness in the community during a designated one-night period, and is conducted on a national level. The information collected gives a “snapshot” of what homelessness looks like in a neighborhood, city, or state. Data is reported to the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, which is provided to the U.S. Congress.

At 10 p.m. volunteers gathered in the LAPC for a brief orientation from Marc Perry, director of development and planning at Community Action and organizer of the Rock County Homeless Count for the past seven years. Perry explained the purpose of the count, what volunteers need to do, and the importance of being sensitive and respectful.

“It is our hope that we find nobody,” says Perry as he explained the count. “It’s cold out there tonight, and we hope everyone has somewhere warm to sleep.”

After completing the orientation, Perry assigned group leaders and groups set off to search their designated areas. Each group went out with the necessary paperwork and care packages in the event that they found someone. The organizers of the Homeless Count are also able to offer two-week hotel vouchers to anyone who needs them.

After spending three chilly hours driving and walking all over Beloit, volunteers reassembled in the LAPC at 2 a.m. for hot beverages and final words from Perry. Fortunately, no one was found outside for the unsheltered count—but if nothing else, according to one volunteer, the count gave a sense of the difficulties people experiencing homelessness face in Beloit and drew attention to an issue that is often invisible in our society.