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These are remarkable times. None of us has seen anything like this. The pain and uncertainty are unprecedented — but so is the solidarity, sacrifice and service by so many.

It is inspiring that so many have been willing to do so much for those at most risk in this crisis.

Ravens have stepped up in many ways, in both prayer and action. Our Raven nurses are doing heroic work. Our students are helping out in their own communities and here in Atchison. They have maintained preventive measures and held the virus back, allowing us to work with Atchison County to meet our goals of holding in-person classes, maintaining a vibrant faith life, and keeping student life and athletics strong. With the help of the college faculty and staff, we have been tremendously successful compared to most other colleges in the nation.

It is a measure of our community’s strength that so many are asking us: How can I help Benedictine College right now?

There are three kinds of help we need.

It is providential that this crisis comes in the year we have been preparing for so long in our transformative plan, Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness.

Your generosity has put us in a position to weather this storm, and we know that we can count on you to help us support emergency funds for student assistance, distance education, faculty training sessions, and other campus responses at the direction of the President.

Give Now to Ravens Will Rise

You will be helping students like Ryan Lobb, who graduated in December 2019 and is in our MBA program.

Ryan Lobb

“Even if we don’t know it, Ravens have been prepared for a crisis like this,” he said. “Benedictine has formed us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in these desperate times.”

Lobb founded the Atchison Coronavirus Volunteer Association, and he and other students are reaching out to those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I decided to start this because I worked at a grocery store for six years and saw how hard it was for elderly to get groceries,” he said. “Atchison provides so much for Benedictine College students, and the students have a deep desire to provide for Atchison citizens at this time of crisis.”

The group is working with Atchison authorities and most recently delivered letters to those quarantined in nursing homes and shut-in elsewhere in Atchison.

“I would encourage all Benedictine students to not waste this opportunity that we have been given to serve those in need in whatever capacity that we are able,” he said.

Truly, Ravens like Ryan can Transform Culture in America.