Every October, The Sophie Fund along with students from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Ithaca High School organize a fundraising campaign to support a local nonprofit focused on community wellbeing.
This year the campaign is raising funds for the Village at Ithaca, an organization that advocates for excellence and equity in Ithaca and area public schools. 100% of monies raised will go to the Village at Ithaca.
The Village strives to fulfill its mission by developing strategic community relationships, programs, and services to support all students, particularly Black, Latino/a, low income, and other underserved students.
Village Support Services include academic mentoring, tutoring, family advocacy, emergency outreach, youth employment, and recreation programs. These services are the “village” it takes to raise a child, and are there to support historically marginalized families in accessing the opportunities they deserve.
The Village at Ithaca also serves as a hub for youth activities, from making music, creating rock paintings, and designing t-shirts to kitchen skills—where else can kids learn how to make pickles, create sauces, and dish up sushi, zoodles, and collard greens?
For more information about the Village at Ithaca, go to: www.villageatithaca.org
The symbol of the campaign is a “Cupcake Button,” because the fundraising takes place in the runup to the Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest hosted by The Sophie Fund.
This year, The Sophie Fund's "Cupcake Button" fundraising campaign is supported by many student organizations. They include Cornell Minds Matter, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Pi, Patch, and Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service, at Cornell University; Active Minds at Ithaca College; and Active Minds at Ithaca High School.
For more information about The Sophie Fund, go to www.thesophiefund.org