Amanda Robinson’s life started to unravel in March 2020.

Originally from the Chicago area, Amanda was then a junior studying political science and pre-law and living in Noyer Complex as a resident assistant.

Ten days into the month, a father figure in her life died unexpectedly during heart surgery. Her life was further complicated when it was announced that, due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, residence halls would close before the end of the month.

Still-grieving Amanda decided to put most her belongings in storage and move home. But storage costs money, and she didn’t have much. Then, Amanda heard about the Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid Fund.

Named in honor of the esteemed retired vice president of Student Affairs, the fund provides up to $250 financial assistance to Ball State students who experience accidents, illnesses, financial hardships, or other personal emergencies.

Boosting the Jack Beyerl Fund was one of the goals of this year’s One Ball State Day on April 7. The Cardinal community responded to the emergency needs of students, contributing more than $80,000 to that fund.

One Ball State Day 2020 raised more than $530,000 with a total of 6,322 gifts coming in from all 50 states and five countries.

Receiving this funding helped Amanda secure storage, get home, and find a part-time job. Long-term, it helped her keep education and her dreams to become a lawyer on track.

“I would encourage people to give with their hearts,” she said. “There are thousands of students on this campus who would be grateful to receive this kind of assistance.”

Please mark your calendar for the next One Ball State Day: Tuesday, April 6, 2021.