At Bridgepoint Education, we strive to foster a culture and community of giving. We believe that being a member of this community entails a responsibility to support social good. I am honored and quite proud to say that our employees continue to embody this commitment year after year.
In this past year, our employees generously gave $333,975.82 to local nonprofit organizations, and Bridgepoint Education was more than pleased to match those donations dollar for dollar. These funds are not only important to the worthy efforts of everyday heroes at these nonprofits, but represent a commitment to supporting others.
Also noteworthy are the nearly 19,000 volunteer hours that our employees donated. In 2015, our volunteers participated in efforts that included collecting more than 2,000 pounds of trash from the Mission Valley preserves, filling 3,946 backpacks for local students at risk of hunger, and teaching 920 students in 40 classrooms.
Throughout 2015, Bridgepoint Education and our employees took part in numerous volunteer efforts that served to improve our communities. It is with great pride that I share these efforts with you. I invite you to learn more about our steadfast commitment to social responsibility by reading our 2015 Community Report.
Andrew Clark, CEO
Employees from Bridgepoint, Ashford University, and University of the Rockies supported students at Maxwell Elementary School. Employees participated in the TutorMate program where they worked with 1st grade students online and then had a year-end face-to-face meeting.
Bridgepoint Education employees trained to become Junior Achievement volunteer role models at two partner schools where they taught JA curriculum to 920 students in 40 classrooms. On JA Teach Day, they equipped students with the tools to own their future economic success.
Through Ashford’s sponsorship of the Life Changers Club, we helped the Boys and Girls Clubs provide more than 700 young people a "leg up" academically, socially, and physically. This was possible by supporting programs centered on academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, and character development.
By sponsoring Operation Bigs, Ashford University helped Big Brothers Big Sisters San Diego support 30 "Littles" and 30 "Bigs" (15 matches) for an entire year of one-to-one mentoring. These relationships promote social and behavioral growth, and validate the child's innate self-worth.
At the Ashford University Dress Code event, female veterans were given a chance to select free clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories to create a professional wardrobe that will help them make a strong first impression during job interviews. In addition, the Dress Code event provided more than 50 veterans with tools to help them locate and land civilian jobs.
On Friday, July 17, 2015, twenty Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University Employees volunteered at Veteran's Village San Diego's Stand Down event. While there, our team of volunteers participated in a variety of activites that include assisting men and women find clothing and reading materials, as well as providing toiletries and towels that allowed them to shower and shave.
In April of 2015, Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University employees, alongside local Ashford University students, volunteered at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Here they prepared 1,390 senior food boxes, bagged 7,500 pounds of produce, and filled 3,946 backpacks with food for local students at risk of hunger.
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, nearly 200 Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University employees, along with local students, gathered in Mission Valley Preserve to clean up San Diego River. Working in partnership with San Diego River Park Foundation, our team of volunteers collected more than 2,000 pounds of trash and painted over 1,000 square feet of graffiti.
For the Heroes Spring Food Drive, Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education employees donated 7,329 pounds of food to the San Diego Food Bank. That equates to 6,108 meals.
Our Heroes donated nearly 550 toys during the holidays to the children undergoing treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Kitrell De Jesus, Bridgepoint Education Enrollment Services Advisor, earned this honor by logging an incredible 1034 hours in 2015.
"My drive is my kids. They need to see me in our community doing the right stuff. One day, I hope they will follow suit and help others as well!"
Besty Vanausdeln, Ashford University Faculty Support and Development Associate, continued to demonstrate her dedication to giving back by donating 1,160 hours in 2015.
"It is important to me to help others who may be less fortunate or need a "hand up," serve others, and pay it forward. My heart fills when others are helped. I love placing the spark in others and showing them how much fun I have serving/volunteering so they will go out and help others within areas they are passionate about."
Dianne Weinstein, University of the Rockies Core Faculty, worked with international and U.S. students by helping them develop basic management and leadership skills. In 2015, Dianne volunteered 40 hours.
"The charity I selected for the Hero Award donation is the American Heart Association. My husband had a heart attack about two years ago. I am grateful that he is healthy today. I am delighted that University of the Rockies is supporting such a worthy organization!"
Four exceptional teachers in San Diego County received a Master’s degree scholarship through Ashford University. These degrees provide teachers with the skills necessary to meet the ever-changing needs of 21st century students.
Five spouses of military service members in San Diego County were granted a scholarship through Ashford University’s Homefront Heroes Scholarship.
The Guardian Scholars Program, through Promises2Kids, enhances the lives of former foster youth who do not have the resources to complete their education. Ashford University is proud to provide a scholarship for this program.