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Make a Difference Giving to Michigan State University
  • $1,550 RAISED OF $1,500 GOAL


  • Josh Durbin $50
  • Lisa Parker $50
  • Laura Brisboe $100
  • Anonymous $500
  • Alicia Lyons $50
  • Gene Willacker $100
  • Kelsey Skinner $50
  • Rebecca McKee $50
  • Jill Morningstar $100
  • Anonymous $50
  • Marguerite Quine $50
  • Denise Morey $100
  • Patricia Tischbein $100
  • Cara Ludlow $100
  • Matthew Binkowski $100

MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community & Recovery Housing

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) serves students in or seeking recovery from, alcohol and other drug addiction. MSU’s data supports the need for expanding recovery services, with 3.2% of Spartans reporting that they identify as being in recovery - which equates to an estimated 1,534 students who may need recovery supports. The CRC’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive campus community in which students in recovery can successfully achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Recovery services offered through the CRC include weekly support meetings, individualized recovery planning, 24-hour access to the collegiate recovery lounge, counseling support, academic resources, organized sober activities, wellness and life skills workshops, and Recovery Housing. Recovery Housing is an on-campus option that offers a supportive living environment where students can have a real college experience and form meaningful relationships based on sobriety, friendship, and academic success. Additional resources offered through Recovery Housing include a live-in peer support specialist and the Jamie Daniels Memorial Scholarship. We are asking for your help to expand scholarship awards to all students in recovery in need of financial support.

"Having sober activities to partake in on the weekends is something that helps students stay sober and feel connected. In my personal experience, it makes me feel like I am not completely missing out on having fun in college just because I don't drink anymore. Going out to eat with other people in recovery was something that helped me stay sober and learn that the world is bigger than just partying and using." – MSU CRC Student

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Horseback RidingFinancial support is particularly important for students in recovery to successfully engage in college as many have used college savings to pay for the cost of treatment, are no longer eligible for federal financial aid, or have other financial responsibilities that stand as barriers to affording higher education. CRC members need you to help meet the financial demands of being a student in recovery working to overcome these impediments to their academic goals. With your help, Spartans in recovery will be able to apply for up to $500 per semester to cover essential health, wellness, academic, and living expenses such as groceries, tutoring, art therapy supplies, student membership in the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), and more.

Our Giving Tuesday goal of $1,500 will allow us to support 3 students in the spring semester and provide important resources to keep students engaged in activities conducive to maintaining sobriety.

If you are interested in providing a larger gift than is appropriate for this online initiative, please contact CRC Coordinator Dawn Kepler at 517-353-5564 or

Who We Are

The Health Promotion Department of Student Health & Wellness challenges the health attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of our community through education, environmental management, and harm reduction efforts so that our students are free to pursue their academic and professional goals. The department offers a wide array of campus and classroom educational programs, health promotion campaigns, and individual counseling services. The CRC is spearheaded by MSU staff and students living in recovery.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1RECOVR” in the note section.


Remember the CARES Act has been extended for calendar year 2021 allowing taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300/$600 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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