Starting today, Aztec community engagement goes into high gear.
A new San Diego State initiative, inspired by Associated Students and Student Life and Leadership, provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to take a more active role in the San Diego community.
Elements of the Engaging our Community initiative include:
- The fifth annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive, which supplies the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank with non-perishable items and cash donations to help feed thousands of local individuals and families living in poverty
- An appeal to faculty and staff from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman to participate in the California State Employees Charitable Campaign or United Way
- Rock the Vote events to encourage high voter turnout on Election Day, Nov. 6
- Opportunities to volunteer with charitable organizations throughout San Diego County
A long and proud tradition
The California State Employees Charitable Campaign and United Way is a convenient, reputable way for SDSU state and affiliated employees to support their fellow San Diegans through monthly payroll deductions to one or more charitable organizations.
Currently, about 4 percent of SDSU faculty and staff are enrolled in this initiative, compared with an average 5 percent at California State University campuses and an average 15 percent of all state employees.
“San Diego State University has a long and proud tradition of leadership and service in this community,” Hirshman said. “The California State Employees Charitable Campaign and the United Way provide opportunities for us to take a leadership role in supporting San Diegans who face substantial social and economic challenges.”
Pledge forms will be distributed to all faculty and staff Oct. 1-5. They should be returned by Oct. 31 to the designated ambassadors in each division:
- Emily Kattawar in Student Affairs
- Grace Ragadio in Academic Affairs
- Nancy Demich in Business Affairs
- Nicole Amato in University Relations and Development
- Lorena Nava Ruggero with Associated Students
- Martha Speck with Aztec Shops
- Renee Daniels with the SDSU Research Foundation
Three cases for support
Faculty and staff can pledge support to any recognized charitable organization or 501(c)3 of their choice. SDSU has identified three local charitable organizations whose work has a direct and lasting impact on the San Diego community. Over the years, the SDSU community has established strong relationships with each of these charitable agencies.
The Monarch School offers a rigorous education for students impacted by homelessness, teaching the skills necessary to become highly motivated, contributing members of society. The school serves 400 students annually, and more than 70 percent of its graduates enroll in post-secondary education.
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributes food directly to families and individuals in need at more than 150 distribution sites in the county, providing nourishment to about 350,000 San Diegans each month. One dollar can provide up to three meals for the community.
The Veterans Village of San Diego provides services to more than 2,000 military veterans who have served our country. VVSD services include substance abuse recovery, mental health counseling, job training and job search assistance, housing, food, clothing and legal services.
Each of these organizations also welcomes volunteer workers year-round. For more information, contact the individual organization.
More about Aztecs Rock Hunger
SDSU’s Engaging our Community initiative runs through Nov. 15. From Oct. 5-28, Associated Students will lead Aztecs Rock Hunger with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food for distribution through the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Students, alumni, staff and faculty can participate by:
- Donating food in any of the large red bins across campus
- Making a financial contribution at Aztec Markets or any Dining Services location
- Giving food or money at Aztec home football games in the month of October
- Bringing donations to the Associated Students of SDSU booth at the BOO! Parade on Oct. 27
- Donating to the SDSU Virtual Pantry, where every dollar is equivalent to 3.84 pounds of food.