CFSA is pleased to announce that in Week 21 of our COVID-19 Community Support Fund, $37,000 total was granted to four organizations to provide technology support for vulnerable populations including seniors and students, emergency financial relief for student veterans, and a safe outdoor haven for the community.
COVID-19 Community Support Fund Grant Recipients
- Better Together: Connect Our Students Project (Sahuarita Food Bank)
- Santa Cruz Training Programs, Inc.
- Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4 VETS)
- Tucson Botanical Gardens
Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E. 4 Vets) supports and encourages veterans to complete their education to help enable them to secure meaningful and productive employment for their civilian life. Chairman of the Board, Ray Torres, explained that the funds will be used for the Emergency Financial Relief Program at Pima Community College and will help student veterans pay for essentials like food, rent, utilities and other living expenses.
One of the student veterans utilizing the S.E.E. 4 Vets program at Pima Community College shared, “Thank you so much for all of your help during these difficult times. I am more than thankful because of this as well as continuing to stay safe.”
Connect Our Students Project, an ad hoc group of Better Together, provides support to ensure that every student in the Sahuarita and Continental School Districts can access virtual education during the pandemic.
Diane Diamond, convener of the Connect Our Students group, shared, “School’s back in session, but when student families cannot afford a reliable connection or when internet providers don’t serve their homes, they are at a severe disadvantage, especially during COVID.” Connect Our Students will utilize these funds to help connect low-income students with internet services to help bridge the internet gap.