Local environmental pillar asking for the community’s support
As the home to native plants
and wildlife in our region, many of which are threatened or endangered species,
the Laredo College Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center (LBVESC)
has been a cherished local attraction for over 20 years. Right now, the center
is in need of the community’s help to overcome a difficult time.
The LBVESC has served as a
unique educational spot bringing hundreds of thousands together to honor its
mission of educating people in Laredo and surrounding communities to understand
the relationship between human beings and the environment. Throughout the
years, it has hosted visitors and students of all ages, from pre-kinder all the
way to college, who are interested in the sciences, wildlife or the environment.
“The Lamar Bruni Vergara
Environmental Science Center has been a staple in our community for many
years,” Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “Thousands of
visitors of all ages and backgrounds walk through the center’s doors each year
and they marvel at the conservationist efforts and educational value the center
provides. Right now, they need our help. I encourage everyone who is able to
contribute to do so.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of the weekly educational tours and summer camps, the center’s staff conceived the idea of a fundraiser to help offset the losses in revenue from these cancellations. After settling on the idea, the staff turned it over to the Laredo College Alumni & Friends Association for guidance and support on how to maneuver and execute the logistics of a fundraiser of this type.
After a discussion among center staff, the LC Alumni & Friends Association and Associate Dean of Students Raquel Peña, the group settled on a $15,000 goal. This is the equivalent to the approximate loss of profit for both educational tours and summer camps. Although this specific initiative is meant to alleviate these costs, monetary donations for the center are accepted year-round to support the nourishment and demanding maintenance of the animals who live there.
“We ask friends of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center to help us out during these unprecedented times by donating to this worthy cause,” LBVESC Class Coordinator Valeria Juarez said. “We don’t know how soon our doors will reopen, but we surely can’t wait to see you again. On behalf of the LBVESC family, we thank you and value your help.”
The staff is also currently exploring other options to further boost funds for the center. If you would like to make a donation, you can visit the Laredo College Alumni & Friends Association’s Facebook page or call (956) 764-5701.