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The Big Plant with Desiree Velez

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The Big Plant with Desiree Velez

Welcome to My Crowdfunding Page!

My name is Desiree Velez and I am honored to be a part of the 2019 Homecoming Court with my sponsoring organization, Latin Link. I want to take this incredible opportunity to raise awareness towards Although many of us are blessed enough to not be experiencing the destruction that is being created by the changes in our environment, we are not free of responsibility of taking care of our Earth. Being from the Caribbean, I have seen the effects of human consumption and waste affect the island that I have called my second home for all my life, Puerto Rico. After seeing my motherland ripped apart as a result of the devastating effect humankind has on our environment, I came to the realization that something needs to change. We cannot hope to enact real change and counter environmental shifts without first educating our community on the reality of this topic. As our LatinX community says, “Mientras más aprendemos más caridad tenemos y con más caridad viene el cambio.” With knowing comes caring and with caring comes change. Through our efforts to aid the Virginia Tech campus communities, being environmentally aware helps each member live out the Virginia Tech mission statement daily by serving others.


How Your Support Helps

My campaigns first priority is to educate the student body on the importance and influence one can have by being environmentally aware. I believe this issue effects more people on campus than many realize. Our LatinX community as well as other organizations consist of students who consider a different country their home. More often than not, those countries are being more affected by the changes in climate than the United States. Even though we are not facing the direct effects in Blacksburg, we can still make a difference. I hope to put on an event to conclude Earth Week in the spring that brings together multicultural communities as well our environmentally aware organizations to appreciate our mother nature. The event is not only to celebrate the culture and land that earth has provided for us but to also educate and promote being environmentally aware even to those not taking direct impact. Additionally, I hope to promote “The Big Plant” which is put together by Environmental coalition, a student organization on campus, which began last year when they planted 6,000 trees in the new river valley. Hopefully we can help them plant 10,000 more this upcoming spring. One tree at a time.

Your gift will be used to help cover the costs of promoting environmental awareness throughout Virginia Tech’s campus most immediate needs. Examples of how these funds may be used:

  • Help pay for tree buds, shovels, gloves and supplies for volunteers during the Big Plant
  • Educational tools and activities for an Environmental Awareness Events
  • Booth set up and decorations for different organizations to promote their efforts to promote environmental awareness

* Use of all donations are subject to approval by the Office of Student Engagement and Campus Life


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