Thames Valley responds to increased need

Posted On Friday May 01, 2020

Increased demand for emergency assistance for families facing shortages of food and other essentials during the current COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a special fundraising campaign by the Thames Valley Education Foundation (TVEF).

Caring Champions is aimed at providing a fundraising boost to the Foundation’s Caring Fund, which distributes more than $100,000 each year to students whose school principals believe they are in emergency financial need.

Since schools were ordered closed in mid-March, the Foundation has responded to 83 requests for emergency funds.

The challenging times facing some families include a single mother of three young children facing an expected loss of income and in desperate need of food. 

Following a request from the Principal of the school the children attend, the Foundation provided $500 emergency assistance until other social supports could be put in place. 

Another family that has received support in recent weeks includes a student living with six younger siblings and members of his extended family. The student’s grandfather is the family’s sole income-earner but his hours have been cut due the pandemic.

“Even though schools are closed, principals and teachers remain in contact with students and are aware of the special challenges faced by some of our families during this time,” said Foundation lead, Jackie Ellefsen. 

Last year, the Caring Fund granted $134,707 in emergency financial support to 400 Thames Valley students. This year, the Foundation estimates as much $160,000 or more may be distributed before September. 

London law firm Harrison Pensa, a long-time corporate Caring Champion, has pledged to match a portion of community donations during the month of May. 

“We are proud to partner with TVEF on the Caring Champions campaign,” said Adam Jean, Harrison Pensa’s Chief Operating Officer “We understand that now, more than ever, students and families in our community need extra support.” 

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