The holidays are typically a time of parties, feasts and good cheer. Unfortunately, the seasonal fun doesn’t always extend to everyone. Some students are enduring unforeseen events such as accidents, medical emergencies and housing issues.

That’s where the Lynx Center, a hub of resources for prospective and current CU Denver students, as well as the Loving Lynx Program step in. The Loving Lynx Program is a resource available to CU Denver students dealing with events related, but not limited, to: accidents, medical or dental emergencies, natural disasters and/or a need for temporary housing. The program is managed by the CU Denver Office of Case Management within the Dean of Students Office.

CU Denver King Soopers gift card
The CU Denver Division of Student Affairs launched the King Soopers gift card program this semester.

“The Lynx Center connects students to resources from all departments on campus, which makes it the perfect place to host fundraising efforts for the Loving Lynx Program,” said Brittany Bohl, case management manager within the Office of Case Management.

King Soopers card fundraiser

Those efforts are getting an added boost with the recent launch of a King Soopers card fundraising program at CU Denver. For $5, faculty, students, staff and community members can buy a preloaded King Soopers gift card. CU Denver earns 5 percent of sales when the cards are used to purchase groceries ­– after the gift cards reach a collective threshold of $5,000 in sales.

More about Loving Lynx

For more information about the Loving Lynx Program or to donate, please see the program’s website here.

“Using the gift cards is an easy way to give back to the CU Denver community and help out students who need a little assistance to get through the semester,” said Samantha Kelly, associate director of the Lynx Center.

The Division of Student Affairs launched the King Soopers card fundraising effort, while the Lynx Center, located on the first floor of the Student Commons Building, serves as a hub of information.

“Word-of-mouth is huge,” Bohl said. “Knowing when a fellow student is in need and also knowing where to send them is important.”

A caring community

As the Loving Lynx Program expands, part of its mission is to spread the word and make sure faculty and staff know where to send students in need.

As a first step, the program connects students with on-campus resources they may not have known about. The next step is to turn to the Denver community. The program helps connect students with community resources such as shelters and food banks. After all resources have been exhausted, students in crisis can apply for the Loving Lynx Fund to help them make it through difficult times.

“It’s so great to get to see the students we help flourish in school because their basic needs have been met,” Bohl said. “At the end of the day, it’s important that students know these resources exist and that we all want to help as best we can.”

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