One of the many things that differentiates the Daniel Trust Foundation from other nonprofit organizations that invest in and support young people with their educational and professional goals, is the level in which our students are engaged with our mission. Our students volunteer their time and skills to help us push our mission forward and even though many of them are just beginning their college journey, they have already started contributing to the Foundation as volunteers and members of our growing Monthly Giving Program.
Last year, Araceliz Gomes, a 2016 Daniel Trust Scholar attending the University of Connecticut (UConn) signed up to become a member of our Monthly Giving Program. Members of our Monthly Giving Program contribute $10, $20, $25, $50 or $100 per month. Monthly gifts enable us to sustain our programs and day-to-day operations. Together, our 35+ monthly donors contribute over $1,000 to the Foundation every month. We recently asked Araceliz what inspired her to become a monthly donor. “Although I am a college student and a scholar, I know that every bit counts towards the Foundation, regardless of how little,” Araceliz told the Daniel Trust Foundation in a recent interview. “I became a monthly donor because I know that I am able to give back. I hope to continue helping Daniel and the Foundation in any way that I can.”
A 2016 graduate of Fairchild Wheeler Magnet High School, Araceliz is studying Computer Science Engineering and Spanish at UConn in Storrs, Connecticut. On campus, Araceliz is involved in many outreach organizations that encourage diversity in the engineering field. She is an active member of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Ambassadors and the BRIDGE Mentor-Mentee program through the Engineering Diversity Outreach Center. Araceliz is very passionate about technology. “I want to become part of the movement that changes technology the way we know it today,” she said. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future and I hope to conduct research on it. In 5 years, I hope to be a software developer or engineer for a company like Google, IBM, Microsoft, or NASA.
Araceliz Gomes is photographed at our office downtown Bridgeport. Photo: Daniel Trust
“Araceliz Gomes is a very special young woman with a bright future. My instinct tells me that she is going to build a technology company that is going to change the world,” said Daniel Trust, Founder and CEO of The Daniel Trust Foundation. “And her commitment to pay it forward so early in her career by investing in and supporting other students like her, shows that she is going to be a generous philanthropist once she builds her successful technology company.”
Not only is Araceliz a member of our Monthly Giving Program, but she also volunteers her time and skills as Vice President of Communications on our Board of Directors. As a member of our leadership team, Araceliz helps us push our mission forward by advising our CEO and the students who benefit from our programs and services. “I advise high school seniors to not limit themselves based on their financial status,” she said. “Apply to all the colleges you are interested in, and then work from there. Have your reach schools, goal schools, and your safety schools. Make sure you apply for scholarships, especially local scholarships. Anything is possible if you really want it. Never limit yourself.”
Everyone here at the Foundation is so thankful to Araceliz, for her commitment to give back to our mission and the community. Please join us in celebrating her and wishing her all the best as she continues her studies at the University of Connecticut. We love you, Celi!
About The Foundation:
The Daniel Trust Foundation invests in and supports low-income students with their educational and professional goals. The Foundation also honors teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students and communities in which they teach. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through 3-targeted programs towards the needs of the community. These programs are: (1) a mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors, (2) a college scholarship program for graduates of the mentoring program and (3) a teacher recognition program. Since 2014, The Daniel Trust Foundation has awarded $46,000 in scholarships to 42 college students and has awarded $11,000 in honorariums to 35 teachers who teach in low-income school districts. To learn more about our programs and the impact we are making in the community, please click here.