Great Community Give: April 19, 2023

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Great Community Give! We are humbled by the generosity of our community - who supported EMS and so many of the local non-profits who participated.

By the numbers:

  • $54,905 raised, including a $25,000 match!
  • 121 donors - thanks to each of you for caring
  • 124 gifts - ranging from $10 to $25,000. Each one counts and makes a difference!

We Gather: A campaign for the EMES "living room":

  • $2.5 million. Initial cost estimates for the building, design fees, excavation, and unanticipated costs. An endowed building fund will help keep operational funds dedicated to our mission, supporting students, teachers, and programs.
  • $1 million. A generous alumni couple who cares about children and education has offered a challenge match towards this project.
  • $818,698. Fundraised as of April 19, 2023 towards that challenge.

A special thank you to each of you for jumping on board during this early phase, and helping us launch the campaign during the Great Community Give. You truly are leading our elementary school towards the Gathering Space!

The Gathering Space

Our elementary school thrives in this beautiful home. And yet, it is missing a "family room," a space large enough for the whole school community to come together.
Read more about how the Gathering Space will fill that need and keep gathering at the "heart" of EMES.

Mr. Bauman, PE teacher, and kindergartners jump for joy at the generosity of our caring community
More about the day of giving...

Each year, the Great Community Give promotes charitable giving to over 100 local nonprofits for one full day. It is an initiative of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Interested in supporting? Did you miss the giving day and/or want to do more to support this project? Contact us on this page by scrolling to the bottom - we can share with you about different ways to give, or make a gift online today.