When Pitzer College started discussions about how to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Office of College Advancement re-strategized fundraising campaigns to meet the urgent needs of Pitzer and its community.
Building on the successful and award-winning One Week. One Pitzer. annual campaign, efforts were adjusted to launch a fundraising effort simply entitled One Pitzer. While the focus still emphasizes community building, Pitzer pride, and philanthropy, this new effort allows us to rally support in light of the COVID-19 crisis for an extended period. It creates much-needed opportunities for the community to band together, engage virtually, and support one another during these uncertain times. All contributions—new gifts, new pledges, and new planned gifts—will count in One Pitzer.
How Can I Make A Difference?
With the One Pitzer campaign, we are highlighting two important funds:
the Pitzer COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Student Emergency Fund.
Click the links above to find out how you can help Pitzer during these unprecedented times.
The Office of Alumni & Family Engagement is committed to providing resources to assist, educate, and entertain as we continue navigating this unprecedented situation. We will be updating this page regularly with related information, helpful tips, and additional ways we are supporting our Pitzer community.
We are proud to launch a new social media series: Pitzer Heroes.
This series will highlight members of the Pitzer community that are on the front lines of this pandemic or working to support those individuals.
Peter Hansen ’18. He swam for Pomona-Pitzer and recently completed his Fulbright experience in Malaysia as an English Teaching Assistant. Now, he co-leads Frontline Foods PDX, a nonprofit with a twofold mission. Using donations from the local community, the organization purchases large takeout orders from Portland restaurants that need the business and then delivers the food to healthcare workers on the frontline. The meals help keep restaurants afloat while also offering a pick-me-up for the heroes in the community. So far, they have delivered over 5,700 meals and raised over $125,000, with 100% of the donations going towards the restaurants. Check out their website www.frontlinepdx.com or follow their Instagram @frontlinefoodspdx. Thank you, Peter, for your outstanding work to support Portland-area healthcare workers!
Ruth Bernstein ’11, a proud New Resources Student. She’s a licensed clinical social worker, having received her Master of Social Work degree from Cal State LA after graduating from Pitzer with honors in anthropology. As a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Ruth serves people experiencing homelessness.
She was recently deployed to a homeless quarantine/isolation COVID-19 unit with the purpose of providing mental health support. Pitzer alumni come from diverse backgrounds and have unique paths, but we all have one thing in common: our commitment to others. Let’s thank and celebrate Ruth and other health care workers for their service!
Daisy Brambila ’18. Through her study abroad experience in Costa Rica with Pitzer’s Sociology of Healthcare program and her coursework as a Neuroscience major, she was motivated to enter the healthcare field.Exemplifying Pitzer’s core values, she volunteers as a Clinic Assistant and Spanish Interpreter for Venice Family Clinic, a free clinic devoted to serving the homeless, low-income, and uninsured individuals in the Los Angeles area. She also volunteers with the Refugee Health Alliance, a non-profit organization in Tijuana, Mexico that helps provide medical care and resources for refugees seeking asylum.Daisy is the first in her family to attend college, and now graduate school! After receiving offers from medical schools including UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the University of Washington, she committed to attending UCSF Medical School in the Fall of 2020.She is dedicated to helping protect our nation’s most vulnerable communities—a true Pitzer alumna! Congratulations Daisy, we look forward to seeing the positive mark you’ll make!
Social Media Games
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To learn more about One Pitzer and the highlights of this effort, check out the videos below!