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Veterans Center

$50,000
100%
Raised toward our $50,000 Goal
78 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 09, at 11:00 PM CDT
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The Veterans Center as a "home away from home"; Jessica's Story

November 11, 2020

Jessica didn’t know for sure what she wanted to do after high school, so because her family had a military history, she enlisted in the United State Army where during her four years of service she was deployed twice to Afghanistan.  After she was honorably discharged, she realized that she now had more of a focus and a plan and was ready to go to college. With the help of the GI Bill she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in psychology. Her goal is to become a mental health professional working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She graduates in 2022.

 

Jessica has excelled in the classroom and has taken on leadership responsibilities through a leadership position with the University’s Student Veterans of America (SVA) club chapter as well as a campus job in Blugold Central. Returning to college as a nontraditional student, Jessica initially felt a little out of place, behind her peers and struggled to meet others with similar backgrounds.  Now in her second year at UW-Eau Claire, she feels more comfortable on campus and is thriving both academically and socially.  She credits much of her success at UW-Eau Claire to the resources and support she receives through the UW-Eau Claire Veterans Center located in the garden level of Schofield Hall.   The Veterans Center provides a gathering place and study space for students who have served their country.  Students connect over a cup of complimentary coffee and find solace in sharing stories about their military experiences. 

Since most of our veteran students do not live on campus, the Center is their “home away from home” during the school week.  Jessica and many other students have said that they would not have had the same experience on campus without a gathering space like the Veterans Center.  

 

Pictured below: Members of Veterans Club with the flags posted near the footbridge in observance of Veterans Day

Donations on Veterans Day MATCHED Dollar for Dollar!

November 10, 2020

We're more than halfway to our $50,000 goal to fund renovations to the Veterans Center on the lower level of Schofield Hall!

 

In honor of Veterans Day, an anonymous donor is matching all funds raised on November 11, 2020, dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Your gift will have double the impact on the Veterans Center Renovation Fund. On Veterans Day your gift will go twice as far to create a more functional space for veteran students on campus to study, socialize, and meet privately with service providers and support teams.

 

The renovation project will include updated lighting, flooring, and paint in the Veterans Center. New furniture and updated technology will provide additional study spaces and comfortable places to relax for our veteran students. This renovation will help the Veterans Center be a more comfortable "home away from home" for UW-Eau Claire's veteran students.

 

Thank you for your gift to serve the students who have served our country!

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$25

Bronze

Support our Veterans at the $25 level.

$50

Silver

Support our Veterans at the $50 level.

$100

Gold

Support our Veterans at the $100 level.

$250

Platinum

Support our Veterans at the $250 level.

$500

Diamond

Support our Veterans at the $500 level.

$1,000

Named Donor Recognition

Gifts of $1,000 and greater will be recognized on a donor display in the Veterans Center