A Home Away
from Home

College marks a major shift for students.
The Family Fund helps them find a place to belong.

For many Rams, the college experience revolves around a handful of core activities: Going to class. Meeting with professors. Working on projects. But in a new environment, it can be difficult to find a familiar place to fit in between those activities.

Created by the West Chester University Foundation in 2008, the Family Fund empowers students’ families to help give Rams a stronger shared experience.

By supporting community-building programs and events, hundreds of donors have helped make WCU more memorable — and meaningful — for every student. Contributing over $206,600 in the past five years alone, our families help provide students with a wide variety of fun, safe, and free resources.

Rams can join in on the celebrations at home football game tailgates and share their collegiate experiences with loved ones at Family Weekend. They can also take advantage of unique co-curricular opportunities such as attending talks on student-athlete mental health, or participating in WCU’s Alternative Spring Break.

The Family Fund also helps connect students with professionals across the larger West Chester Community. Events like the Inclusive Career Connections Breakfast allow students to meet one-on-one with employer representatives ahead of the career fair. The Twardowski Career Development Center also shows students how to write effective resumes — and nail their job interviews.

As students’ needs have changed, so has the fund, with regularly updated events and programming. And while it was previously known as the Parents Fund, today the Family Fund recognizes the parents, relatives, guardians, and friends helping to provide a warmer welcome for every Ram.