CommUniverCity is raising money for enrichment projects that support local community members of all ages in San Jose. In current times, while everyone is learning from home, donations are critically needed now for educational kits to send home to families with children. The kits are designed to enhance hands-on learning opportunities to address today’s challenging schooling needs in subjects like science and the environment, home gardening of healthy foods, and community wealth creation. CommUniverCity educational kits are unique because they are created by SJSU students as part of college courses taught by their professors. The resulting kits provide an enriching, experiential learning opportunity for everyone involved, along with a special connection to the SJSU students who put the educational kits together.
Each year, CommUniverCity spearheads an average of 50 of these varying enrichment projects to support its mission of promoting a “college going” culture and instilling a desire for lifelong learning. However, in present times with everyone learning online, projects are being upended. This has resulted in a sudden increase in the number of educational kits needed to send home to children and their families. Materials and supplies for take home kits vary by project, but some examples include interactive board games developed by SJSU students to learn about science and the environment, as well as supplies and materials for growing healthy foods.
Donations are also needed to replenish the supply of our popular CommUniverCity t-shirts, which participants earn for being a part of our projects. Even in the current times, SJSU students and community participants still proudly wear our established and recognizable t-shirts during remote online CommUniverCity outreach activities, as well as children and families when learning from home.
CommUniverCity’s model originated with an idea that bringing the collective resources of major institutions together to bear on local issues, that the potential for sustainable and meaningful change would be great. We help build community by engaging residents and students to participate in projects that accomplish resident-led goals. CommUniverCity launched in 2005 to engage students in solving real-life neighborhood issues; and in turn, residents benefit from expertise of faculty who can address issues faced by residents. The result: residents contribute to creating thriving neighborhoods they can proudly call home, and we need your donations to help us reach our goals.