Community Care

IE Team Rallies Behind a Fellow Co-Worker

BRPC Walk - Team

This week the staff of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness joined in a breakfast fundraiser to support Cherie Ely as she prepares to participate in a 5K walk on Saturday, October 21st, to benefit the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center a non-profit organization that exists to save lives and comfort those involved with unplanned pregnancies.  Cherie has been in training for some time in anticipation of this event and the office is proud to support her efforts in raising awareness for this worthy cause.


Fall 2016

This year we adopted a Christmas project to bless and support the family of one of our IE staff.  Eleven years ago, this staff member’s daughter received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Since that time, she has undergone several surgeries to remove or reduce the size of the tumors that have spread throughout her body.  She is now in a clinical trial to help shrink the tumors that continue to grow. The IE family reached out in a very generous show of support to help with the medical costs of cancer treatment. 


December 7, 2016

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The IE Office collected items for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as part of a campus-wide initiative this year. Our office collected three boxes of nonperishable food items. Sodexo has pledged to match Liberty's donations pound for pound, so all donations are doubled!

Liberty News - Fall food drive draws largest collection to date.

December 3, 2015

Sharing the Joy of Christmas

Sharing the Joy of Christmas

As soon as the fall initiative was completed, we set our sights on helping someone for Christmas. Partnering with a local ministry that mentors and supports single mothers in the area, we were privileged to meet a young single mother and her two children. We enjoyed being able to brighten their holiday by sharing some wrapped gifts and supplies for Christmas dinner. Our contact described our new friend as a “very, very sweet teenage mother (who) is just beyond blessed by even the thought” (of strangers wanting to share in their Christmas).

Our purpose is to glorify God by sharing His blessings with those around us and to perhaps motivate others to consider ways to reach out to others in the community as well.

January 2, 2015

ALS Walk 2014

One of the Community Care Initiatives the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) chose to support this fall was the annual fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as it is commonly known. ALS is a progressive debilitating disease that claims a victim every ninety minutes. We raised funds during September and October to sponsor a team at the Roanoke Walk held at Hollins University in October.  

The Roanoke Walk is sponsored annually by the local ALS Association Chapter for DC.MD/VA.

November 13, 2014

Lynchburg Humane Society

The Lynchburg Humane Society identified a problem. The current shelter is unsafe, uninviting, and unhealthy. It is an embarrassment. It lacks the space, the sanitation and the safety required of ananimal shelter.  Because of this unwelcoming environment, it is difficult for people to visit and adopt animals. The Board of the Lynchburg Humane Society committed to the development of a new humane care and education center.  

Sad dog

This center will happen for Lynchburg with the community’s support.  When completed the Lynchburg Humane Education and Adoption Center will be an integral part of the fabric of our community. IE employees supported the Humane Society's "humane Campaign."  Once a week, two people in our office would prepare breakfast for everyone. Anyone who wished would then purchase breakfast by making a donation to be sent to the Lynchburg Humane Society.  We did this for a total of eight weeks. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of the plan.

March 24, 2014

ALS Walk 2013

One of the Community Care Initiatives the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) chose to support this year was the annual fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it is commonly known.

A dear friend and co-worker, appropriately named Hope, greatly impacted our department when she brought her community interests to us.   Many of us joined her in activities to fight ALS. This “fatal disease leads to an inability of individuals to speak, move, and eventually breathe on their own. It kills someone every 90 minutes.” This definition is from the promotional materials provided by The Roanoke Walk to Defeat ALS®. 

Their vision is to “Create a world without ALS.” Their mission is “Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.”  Hope’s “Pops” has suffered with ALS for eight years, five more than the six months to three years he was given to believe was even possible. IE is very proud to be associated with this wonderful, caring, community support group along with Hope and her extended family.

There were two ways IE personnel were involved in this community effort:

  1. Some of us joined the local ALS Association – DC.MD/VA Chapter at the Roanoke Walk on Sunday, October 13, 2013. It was held at Hollins University in Roanoke.
  1. We all participated in the office Penny Wars. Penny Wars are a simple fundraising idea for any Walk to Defeat ALS team. In this game, there were multiple teams. Teams place pennies into their team’s container, while placing silver coins and paper money to count as negative points in competing teams’ containers. (The Java Junkies won this year – go Java Junkies!)

Please consider finding a way to help fight this cruel disease in your area. Every 90 minutes this disease steels one more loved one away from those who care.

October 12, 2013