Wildcat We CARE: Our Loving Community Supports Students in Need
By Carolyn Holt, Advancement Team Leader, Major Gifts
A year ago, when the pandemic struck, Westminster families faced hardships of various kinds, including loss of employment. As a result, some grappled with difficult decisions regarding how to move forward with their children’s education.
Compelled by love for one another, the Westminster community immediately and generously stepped in to fill the gap with the goal of keeping all Westminster families at the school.
In an outpouring of generosity, 261 supporters contributed $260,000 in tuition assistance. Every gift, large and small, made a difference, enabling 32 students to return to campus this year despite economic hardship.
The passion and participation of our faculty and staff were a special inspiration. Our heartfelt thanks go to our 70 faculty and staff who made a tremendous impact with more than $25,000 raised. Westminster alumni, too, gave back in a big way by doubling their participation — read their Wildcat We CARE stories at wcastl.org/alumnigiving.
To all who so generously contributed to the Wildcat We CARE Program, we share this message from one of the families blessed by your support:
“The Westminster staff, teachers, and community have so deeply impacted our family by pouring God’s truth, love, and life into our kids. We were very concerned with all of the COVID losses that we would not be able to afford Westminster this year. … We are so grateful that [our daughter] could stay with her friends and continue to be educated in such a nurturing and God-honoring school … where she is valued, known, loved, and supported. I’m very sure that the seeds planted here at Westminster will impact her entire life in positive ways. Although we don’t know who you are, we pray God’s richest and deepest blessings on you and hope that someday we are able to give in a way that supports others in similar ways.”
This is just one example of how the Westminster community demonstrates God’s lovingkindness to one another every day. In times of crisis, the love, strength, and generosity of the Westminster community shine even more brightly!
As the Lord leads, would you prayerfully consider a gift to the Wildcat We CARE Campaign to continue to support families in need? wcastl.org/give
This piece appeared in the Spring 2021 Chimes.