How do you give?

One Day for Students - March 6, 2019

One Day for Students is the University of Saskatchewan’s annual day of giving, where the campus community, our alumni, donors and friends are invited to make a special donation that can help students overcome hurdles to their educational goals. Students are encouraged to share stories of volunteerism and their support of causes they care about.

Spread the word and join the conversation on #onedayforstudents. We want to know how YOU give back to your community!

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Once again, the university asks its community to support the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust with a gift of any amount; the fund helps students facing crises so they can continue to meet their educational goals. 

The fund was created by Professor Emeritus Dr. Kay Nasser (PhD'65, DSc'16) and Dora Nasser, who again will match donations, dollar for dollar. Last year’s event raised $100K for students in these emergent situations.

Student leaders with Kay and Dora Nasser, Debra Pozega Osburn and Shaina Lynden during One Day for Students in 2018.

With a donation on One Day for Students, you’ll be helping assist students with unexpected crises, such as:

Flights home for funerals and other family emergencies
Delays in or a sudden loss of funding, especially loss of employment or other situational loss of income; funds to replace stolen personal belongings
Funds for alternative living arrangements after fires and family breakups
Unexpected increases in rent and other household expenditures
Personal medical emergencies; extra medical costs, including expenses for children with special needs

How do you give?

Rose Wu, USSU VP Student Affairs

“Students are dealing with so much—school demands, deadlines, personal issues, jobs, financial pressures and even food scarcity. It creates a lot of stress and can affect your physical and mental health.

Knowing that there is support, like the Nasser Emergency Trust, is so reassuring. This fund helps tremendously for those students who need it.

I hope alumni and donors around the world choose to give back on One Day for Students—because you remember what it’s like to be a student and you are proud to be a USask alum.”

Mike McDonald (BSKI’10), founder and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians

My message to USask students is to volunteer with a cause you care about. If you are willing to give your time towards something you have a specialty in, it’s incredible how much of an impact you can have. No matter how little time you have, give your energy and show you are there for an important reason.

I feel it is important to give back to the University of Saskatchewan for all that they have done for me and my family. It’s where Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians was started and I will never forget that. 

Taylor Roufosse, current College of Law student

"I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the 2017 NAIG Games as the head coach for the swim team, help educate youth about the justice system in a positive way through the Indigenous Youth Outreach Program within the College of Law and give back to the ASAP first-year undergraduate program. 

I feel that it is pertinent to use skills that you have acquired to give back, and throughout my experiences I have learned that hard work and dedication will get you far. I have tried to emulate that in my volunteer experiences, and hope that I have made a small difference within our community."

Visit us in the Upper Place Riel to grab a coffee, learn about USask student volunteers, make a donation, and participate in an art installation showing us how YOU give.

Watch your email on March 6 to make your donation to this special 24-hour campaign and get involved.