The following is an email that was sent to the Loyola community on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Subject: Greyhounds Together
Dear Loyola Community,
Months ago, our advancement team selected today to be our annual day of giving, Greyhounds Give. We all look forward to Greyhounds Give, which brings energy and excitement to campus and to social media as we rally around our love for Loyola, the education and experience our students receive, and the people who make it so special.
When we made those plans, we never could have anticipated the health and economic crisis that would be hitting our community, our nation, and our world. Our focus—obviously—is elsewhere today, and our perspective has shifted. Instead of asking our community to come together for a day of giving, we are postponing that event and asking our community to unite in a different way.
During this crisis, many members of our community are being hit hard physically, emotionally, and financially. We invite you to join us in prayer for those most severely affected, and we ask you to reach out to let us know how we can support and accompany you during this time.
Our Loyola family is at its best during the most challenging moments, and this is a time when our Jesuit, Catholic identity shines. You can take pride in knowing that members of the Loyola community have stepped up in numerous ways to support our students, one another, and our greater community. Faculty and staff are using 3D printers to make face masks for local health care professionals. Our students are still engaged in many of their service activities even from afar. Our Jesuits are celebrating a livestreamed Mass every Sunday to bring Mass to you wherever you may be.
Some of the members of our community are truly struggling right now and facing an uncertain future. If that is your situation, we hope you know that our Loyola community walks with you on this journey, in prayer, in thought, and—however possible—in action. Please stay in touch and let us know how we can support you.
For those who feel inspired and able to make a financial contribution at this time, we invite you to consider two ways a gift could have an impact on those facing the greatest difficulties:
- Our Emergency Relief Fund is aiding community members most in need
- Our Evergreen Annual Fund will help award much-needed financial aid to students impacted by the crisis
In the days and weeks ahead, we look forward to finding ways to strengthen our community and care for the whole person. We will continue to provide updates and inspiration through our social media channels, and we hope you will follow us there. We very much look forward to the day when we can see you again in person.
Senior Vice President
Liz Hertneck Stier, '99
Director of Annual Giving