SDCCD urges support of nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

San Diego Community College District

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is urging local businesses, residents, and community groups to join it in supporting regional efforts to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the many options:

- The SDCCD is raising money to support our students with emergency funds to help students who are most in need or have recently found themselves out of work due to the coronavirus response.

- San Diego Mesa College has created an emergency fund to support Mesa students during the pandemic. The move to online learning has meant that students without a computer, internet or other resources must overcome new barriers. And many are post-traditional students who have taken on the role of teacher to young children due to school closures. Learn more about how to support a Mesa College student.

- The Miramar College Emergency Fund is reaching out with extra support for Miramar students who have encountered hardship because of response to the pandemic.

- A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners – including The San Diego Foundation and San Diego Gas & Electric – has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help community-based organizations at the front lines of the corona virus outbreak in San Diego County. Donations in any amount are being accepted.

- United Way of San Diego County is hosting the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to provide low-wage workers who need help with utilities and rent or mortgage payments. Donations can be made through the United Way of San Diego County.

- The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is continuing its food distribution programs during the COVID-19 crisis and welcomes donations, as the Food Bank’s 200 food distribution sites throughout the region are continuing to operate for families and seniors. Donations can be made online. Likewise, Feeding San Diego also continues to serve those in need and is accepting donations through its website.

- The San Diego Blood Bank is asking those who are well to donate blood, as supplies are currently low due to canceled donation events. People experiencing coronavirus symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, should not attempt to donate. The Blood Bank also is currently deferring donations from people who have traveled to areas with CDC Level 3 travel notices for 28 days from their date of departure from the outbreak area.

Additionally, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is partnering with the Foundation for California Community Colleges as it launches a statewide emergency response campaign for students and their families impacted by the pandemic. The campaign aims to engage philanthropic foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors to address urgent needs so students have access to housing, food, technology, and other critical resources during this crisis. Philanthropic and corporate partners, as well as those looking to make a major gift or grant, are encouraged to contact the Foundation at Individual donations are also being accepted through the Foundation and will be deployed to individual colleges supporting students impacted by lost wages, campus closures, and the transition to distance education caused by COVID-19.

To learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the SDCCD, please visit the SDCCD’s COVID-19 webpage.

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