Giving Tuesday is just around the corner!

STARBASE will be participating in this global day of giving on Tuesday, November 30th.

Our Giving Tuesday Goal is $10,000. We need your help!

With the pandemic…

  1. There was not a Launching Futures in 2021, and we don’t anticipate another one until at least the last part of 2022. We made nearly $28,000 proceeds from that event, and we may not see that income this year.
  2. We are not going to hold the Donor Breakfast this year. Traditionally, we receive a check or two from some of our partnering organizations.
  3. Foundation grants have either capped the amounts we can request or limited their giving to direct COVID related needs. Some have postponed their funding programs altogether.

Yet…we have continued to provide STEM engagement and skills development for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grade student in Portsmouth Public Schools! Starting STEM education early is critical to success in future years, both throughout school and in the careers our Title 1 school children want! STARBASE is helping to engage more students with more STEM to support our future workforce in Portsmouth and throughout Hampton Roads.

How much to give?

If we donate $10 each and get 20 more friends to do the same, that will pay for our laser cutter and other technology our students use at STARBASE.

If we give up one Starbuck or other coffee shop trip, say $10, once a week between October 1st and November 30th, that’s a $500 donation…the cost to support 1100 t-shirts for one grade of STARBASE students!

And if we donate $25, you have helped us put together the materials for projects to do at home for a student to continue to engage in STEM with their families after their class at STARBASE!

This one is really important. What we learned during the 2020/2021 school year is that our virtual program, SCOUT (STARBASE Connections & Outreach Using Technology), kept many of our students engaged in STEM during the pandemic and showed that our students and their parents want more STEM and more often!