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Wow! Let’s take a moment and talk about August. This month’s DTIYS challenge had an added mission attached to it. We wanted to raise money to donate to Oxnard Colleges’ TRIO/SSS Program. They help 140 Students every year with a budget of only $10,000. The program is for First Gen students, and or low income students, and or students with disabilities. They help them with financial aid, they take them on trips, they have an open food pantry available, and so much more. WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE PROGRAM RIGHT?!

So knowing what I know about the Trio/SSS program, I knew that they were the perfect people to spotlight in front of the entire Robot Army. We raised funds for them via auctions, direct donations, and art sales from all over the world. We got to show the program some love and appreciation from all over the world and give them a little bit of a ‘THANK YOU’ for all of the hard work they do.

Robot Army Member @rukzone from Australia took it upon himself to take it even a step further. He got us on @ditto_pop radar and massively moved the donation needle forward. On August 25, @ditto_pop hosted a Friday night fundraiser along with his WHATNOT APP community and they auctioned off art, they highlighted the amazing work of the TRIO/SSS Program, and they injected an incredible amount of faith right back into humanity!

All and all we were able to raise $1,743.15 from all around the world. You all completely exceeding expectations. I had someone reach out from South Africa and say to me “We don’t have much but we want to send over $50” another said “I’m all the way in the U.K and won’t be able to make it to the online show but i want to send you $40.” Just days into the month, I had someone (anonymously) drop $425 into my PayPal account for the TRIO/SSS Program. So many of you also bought and sold your own original art and sent over the profits. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! There is no community in the World like this one. I am honored to know you, know of you, and get to interact with all of you.

– Arik aka Robot One

You can check out and follow the Oxnard Trio/SSS on IG HERE

If you want to donate directly to Oxnard College Trio/SSS you can do so HERE

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