The Fullerton College Foundation has worked quickly to raise funds to support students during the COVID-19 crisis. In the last month, the foundation awarded 130 students with $250 each for a total of $32,500 to help with essential needs. Work is ongoing to raise funds to support even more students.
“The basics of food, rent, and internet connectivity to continue their schoolwork, were among the main things expressed by students seeking emergency funds,” said Executive Director of the FC Foundation Chuck Allen. “Many said that they were the only source of family income or that both they and their parents had been laid off from their jobs.”
The FC Foundation responded by creating an Emergency Fund shortly after students and staff began working remotely in March. The emergency fund is mostly supported by Fullerton College faculty and staff, but Allen said there were several individuals and former donors who stepped in to help.
“It’s truly remarkable,” Allen said. “We continue to receive five to 10 donations each day. We’ve also seen a significant up-tick in donors signing up for payroll deduction and for monthly payments through PayPal.”
The emergency fund started with $12,500 and as of April 29 had received an additional $20,000 in donations, added Allen. He said the emergency fund will continue to be available to students as needed. Faculty and staff who wish to donate can make a one-time payment or set up a payroll deduction.
“I want to thank the faculty and staff for their help with this ongoing effort and for those who have prepared and submitted applications on behalf of students,” said Allen. To learn more visit https://www.fullcollfoundation.org/