Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
We at Randolph College understand how vital our donors are to maintaining the excellent liberal arts education offered here. Their support allows us to offer our students unique experiences and opportunities that prepare them to succeed in the world. The generosity of our alumnae, alumni, and other supporters has a positive effect on every aspect of life on campus.
That generosity reminds us that we can also make a difference in the lives of others as a group and as individuals. Randolph College is a community of givers who work hard to make life better for students, and who also devote their time and financial assistance to organizations in Lynchburg and the region. Our staff and faculty give back to our community in so many ways, whether through support of organizations such as the Red Cross and local volunteer emergency responders or by involvement in groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts or the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Prevention Center.
Those efforts have not gone unnoticed in Lynchburg. Randolph recently received the Good Neighbor Award from Lynch’s Landing for the role several staff members had in creating Lynchburg’s GetDowntown! festival. The College’s staff and faculty also help Randolph rank among the top colleges in the area for giving to United Way, and Hermina Hendricks, the College’s director of multicultural services, was honored in the fall with the Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP’s Citizen Achievement Award for her positive impact on the city.
Randolph community members care, and their stewardship enables other organizations to provide services to those in need. As a result, the world we live in becomes a better place for everyone.
Our mission as educators is to prepare students to engage the world critically and creatively, live and work honorably, and experience life abundantly. We take that obligation seriously on campus with our students, and we also incorporate it into our day-to-day lives. One of the most rewarding aspects of living life to the fullest is the sense of well-being one feels when helping others. By giving back, we demonstrate to our students that vita abundantior means so much more when we help another.
John E. Klein