Pasco-Hernando State College Volume XIV, Issue II Fall 2020 | Page 12

FOUNDATION NEWS COMMUNITY SUPPORTS STUDENTS DURING TROUBLING TIMES The COVID-19 pandemic presented numerous challenges for our country. The safety of students, faculty and staff is always the highest priority for the College. Through the transition to an online learning platform, many students experienced hardships. These varied from stress of health care workers, income loss, inability to pay bills, concern for their health and those of their family, and unease in transitioning to online classes. been cut back. I am a full time student, so it is hard for me to help them out right now. With your help, I am able to get food and supplies. Your help has brightened my thoughts on everything. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate helping not just me but everyone. So many people deserve to be helped. This donation will affect our lives in a great way. - Martha M. To assist the immediate needs of PHSC students, the PHSC Foundation established the Support Our Students (SOS) Fund. Contributions directly benefited students and provided relief for hardships including: · Housing and food insecurity · Technology needs to access virtual learning · Limited income from jobs or work-study positions · Mental and emotional well being · Other unforeseen financial challenges The initiative united the PHSC family in extending support to students experiencing unexpected needs at this time, while giving them the ability to overcome obstacles presented by this crisis. We are proud to be a community where people think of the greater good in a moment of uncertainty. Thank you to all who contributed to the SOS Fund! Before the pandemic, everything seemed normal. I had a job with kids and attended Pasco-Hernando State College. As the news started to worsen, I was laid off and switched to online classes. With no source of income, it was hard to keep afloat. People were catching this virus and it was surreal when a loved one was affected. The Support our Students (SOS) Emergency Relief Fund has influenced my family tremendously by helping put food on our table. Thank you to this Foundation and donors for making this possible! - The Certain Family I am truly thankful and blessed to be able to receive the gift card. It has helped me through these hard and scary times. It is a bit stressful and overwhelming at times. It is a scary time to leave the house and be around others. I live with my parents, their working hours and paychecks have I cannot thank the Foundation team enough for this generous gift. With that $200 gift card I was able to help my parents buy groceries. We are a family of five, so even before this epidemic started, we would spend at least two-hundred dollars a week regardless. I feel so grateful to be one of the recipients for the gift card because I was able to help my parents out in this time of need. - Alexis “I am finishing my degree at PHSC this summer and beginning to financially support myself. Becoming an independent adult is already stressful enough, but the financial and mental hurdles due to the COVID-19 pandemic have presented even more of a challenge. I had planned to continue to work throughout the summer but operations have been paused. I would like to reiterate how thankful I am to the generous donors for assisting through these difficult times. This is a relief on our wallets but on our mental health as well. - Ananda I am a mother of 5 young children and a full-time student in the RN generic track program at PHSC. When everything began shifting because of the pandemic, our lives turned around. My husband lost his job, school did not return to normal after spring break, and I had to find a way to get more hours at work without putting my family at risk. This relief has helped us put gas in our vehicles as we look for solutions for our family and with 2 of my children’s birthdays coming up, I can give them a couple of presents, even though they won’t be having parties this year. I have been able to spend so much time with my loved ones through this difficult time and a little financial assistance goes a long way. Thank you. - Salena 10 PHSC