Support for students, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19
We believe in the power of community colleges—and the people and communities they reach and serve—to be the building blocks of a better future, capable of achieving the possibilities of a more just, equitable, and thriving world. This unique power to reach and serve Californians who strive for a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities is more important than ever as we, together, face the effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever, our students and their families need our support. A very large number of students have limited internet connectivity, posing challenges to continuing their college courses online and accessing accurate, timely information and services. With businesses closing and entire industries shutting down, thousands of California Community College students have lost the jobs that support their families. And, for some, the daily struggle to meet basic food and housing needs is vastly intensified now. Students who are undocumented or uninsured face limited access to healthcare during this unprecedented public health crisis. All face intense fears for themselves and their families about immediate health and safety, and, longer term about their futures.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the California Community Colleges system, has launched a comprehensive response effort to create solutions at scale. We are raising resources to provide critical supports and ensure our students have access to housing, food, and the technology they need to stay connected, and can maintain their determination to achieve a better life for themselves and their families through education. Additionally, we’re finding new ways to leverage our organization’s expansive networks, talent, capacity, and infrastructures to help support the evolving needs of our communities. We’re committed to upholding the promise of community colleges as the greatest gateway to social mobility.
Partner with us
California Community Colleges are at the heart of our communities throughout the state. Together, we can help to mitigate the severe impacts of this crisis by addressing urgent student needs, ensuring continuity of student learning, and discovering innovative ways to stay connected, communicate, and collaborate for the well-being of our communities. We continue to monitor COVID-19’s impact on our students, though several immediately needed supports have been identified:
- Emergency funds for student basic needs, including food and housing
- Student access to technology devices and internet connectivity
- Remote teaching and learning training for faculty, so that students can progress on their pathways toward their goals
- Mental health services and supports for coping with COVID-19
- Responsive workforce training innovations for an economy rapidly changing before our eyes.
Supporting relief efforts through philanthropy
Philanthropic foundations can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how we can partner to deploy immediate solutions at scale that improve lives during this pandemic and in the longer-term as our economic conditions change.
If you make decisions at a corporation that wants to provide funding or can provide free or deeply discounted personal technology or internet connectivity, email email@example.com.
Individual donations make a difference
Your donation will help address challenges our students are encountering due to COVID-19. Every dollar makes a difference. Let’s keep our students housed, fed, connected, and on track toward achieving their goals during this crisis.
If you have set up a donor advised fund at your community foundation or other institution, you can direct a grant to your local community college or to Foundation for California Community Colleges by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many local community college foundations are fundraising for local students and needs. If you’d like to benefit a particular college, we encourage you to visit its website directly.