We are pleased to announce our twelfth round of COVID-19 Response Grants.In week twelve, $70,000 was awarded to four organizations to provide laptops for students, meals for children and families, free tax support to lower-income families, and academic achievement opportunities for lower-income students.

“At the heart of the Amphi Foundation’s mission is our commitment to promoting academic excellence, and as we necessarily begin another school year remotely, one of our biggest priorities is addressing the digital divide in our community,” shared Amphi Foundation Executive Director Leah Noreng. “With this support from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its donor partners, we will be able to invest in technology and other resources so that our students can access curriculum, connect with their teachers and classmates, and more effectively learn from home. We’re incredibly grateful that our community shares in our commitment to educating our future leaders.”

“Our mission, in a nutshell, is to give kids the support and resources they need to be healthy and successful,” said Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County Vicki Barden. “The pandemic hasn’t changed that. Even though we can’t be with them in person right now, we continue to provide meals and emotional and academic support for our kids and their families.”

Executive Director of Nogales Community Development (NCD), Nils Urman, said “We greatly appreciate the COVID-19 funding we have been awarded from the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.” Urman continued, “This award will enable NCD to continue our Volunteer Income Tax services and also support our small business support training while pivoting to new and alternative ways to deliver quality service in the new operating environment. We want to thank the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and it’s investors for their support.

Executive Director of Sunnyside Foundation, Kerri Lopez-Howell shared that, “Everyday education resources and student needs are changing. CFSA’s funding is crucial to helping us serve the community in our Emergency Relief Fund and Excellence in Education Program.  We cannot anticipate what 2020 will continue to throw at us, but having investments like this allows us to increase our effectiveness in providing support for our teachers, students, and the entire SUSD community.” Lopez-Howell continued, “These funds will help our Emergency Relief Efforts, including food, rent, mortgage, utilities, and wifi needs, and will help with our Excellence In Education work, supporting stem, literacy, performing arts, and student wellness resources for students. Sunnyside Foundation provides support to 21 schools, 15,000 students, and their families. Thank you CFSA!”