Join Forces for Firsts!


Do you like volunteerism and fellowship? Are you social media savvy? Do you have the knowledge and energy to lead a team? The Valencia Foundation invites you to help make college a reality for hundreds of students by supporting the first-ever, First One Campaign.


The First One campaign aims to raise $100,000 in scholarships for first generation students. The best part is that the $100,000 raised by August 10, will be doubled by a matching grant! This means that once the fundraising goal is reached, the Foundation will be able to provide $200,000 in scholarships to deserving students who are among the first ones in their families to attend college.

The Valencia Foundation would love to have your support of the First One campaign. There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Lead – Consider being a team leader! You can have fun with your friends setting up a team with a ‘fun’ name online at, and then begin inviting others to join your team. Many templates, (for example a “join my team” email template) are available to make this an easy process.
  • Join – Not one to lead a team? Well, you can volunteer with one of the already established teams – simply click on the team name you would like to join and click “join team”.
  • Share – Get involved by spreading the word about the First ONE campaign, and share your “first” story to inspire others. Change your Facebook profile pictures and/or Twitter avatar in support, and invite others to do the same (#firstone). You can visit the Facebook ONE page for over 20 awesome options of profile pictures to choose from.
  • Donate – If you’d like to make a donation, visit the First One donation webpage, and click “give now”.

For more information and ways you can contribute to the First One campaign, contact Donna Marino, donor relations manager, at or extension 3128.

1 Comment

  • Foundation Team said:

    Thank you for supporting students who are the first in their family to attend college!
    Here are other ways you can play an important part:

    • Share your story! Please email a few paragraphs to

    • If you use social media, please temporarily change your avatar to one of our nifty First One pictures, which you will find here. (Your friends will ask questions.)

    • We welcome your gift, which can be made by credit card at

    • To make a donation by check, please send it to: Valencia Foundation at DTC-1 with First One in the memo line. We’ll be sure it counts toward the online campaign and that it is matched.

    • To amplify your reach and impact, consider creating a team you can manage at http://WWW.VALENCIA.ORG/FirstOne. If, for example, you have nine other team members and each raises $250, your impact will be $2,500 x 2 = $5,000 for scholarships!

    • If you’d rather use your mad social media skills to spread the word about the First One campaign far and wide, please click here.

    • Visit http://WWW.VALENCIA.ORG/FirstOne to start a team or make a donation today. For more information on the campaign, contact Donna Marino at or Barbara Shell or call 407-582-3150.

    In whatever way you are able to pitch in, we are grateful. The students you serve are grateful. The deserving First Ones will be ecstatic.

    Through this campaign – and every day on campus – you are transforming lives and families.

    Thank you.

    AMWed, 24 Jul 2013 08:59:39 +0000Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:59:39 +0000am13,8:59 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

    Hundreds Gather To Celebrate Our Students’...

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Approximately 400 guests dressed to their red and black nines for an evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing, at the Valencia College Foundation’s Red, Black and Boundless — An Evening for Excellence. This inaugural gala fundraiser, which took place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at […]

    Two Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholars, Win...

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Two Valencia College students have been named recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Leah Basaria and Miranda Rublaitus with up to $55,000 a year to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Only 100 community college students receive the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is one of […]