The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) continue to provide a Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund to support vulnerable WCCUSD students and families. We have raised nearly $600,000 to provide cash grants to help families stay housed, purchase food and other essential supplies, and provide their children with Wi-Fi access to engage in remote learning.

In Phase One, the community school directors connected with families in transition, and parents of foster, English Language Learners, African American, and probation youth. At that time we were merely responding to the crisis before us, now we find ourselves moving towards recovery.

In Phase 2, we are moving from cash grants to quality distance learning instruction. This includes:

  • Seeking resources to provide professional development for teachers and leaders around anti-racist and trauma informed practices
  • Providing trainings for effective distance learning
  • Securing additional Chromebooks and internet hotspots

 

In partnership with West Contra Costa Schools this past spring, we were able to provide 23,998 chrome books and 1,795 hot spots to our students. We realize that there is additional need and we are working vigorously to meet that need for additional devices and connectivity.

The Ed Fund is working on refreshing half of our aging student Chromebook fleet for the 2021-22 school year and providing internet hot spots to students currently without internet access. We expect to purchase at least 1,000 additional hot spots for students as needed. We are also working on providing access to the best software and online learning tools for our approximately 29,000 students. While many online learning resources were free in the spring, they now require fees in the fall. The Ed Fund is working on securing licenses for distance learning websites and providing teachers with training on effective distance learning practices.

Read more about our Phase 2 fundraising goals here.

Thank You To Our Donors

We have secured over $600,000 thanks to partners like the Hellman Foundation and 100+ generous donors.

Donors to our COVID-19 Relief Fund include:

  • Hellman Foundation
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Irene S. Scully Foundation
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The Lesher Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Travis Credit Union
  • MicroMobility Industries
  • Wesiser-Fuller (Jewish Community Foundation)
  • Yellow Chair Foundation
  • Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation
  • Irene S Scully Family Foundation
  • ROOF
  • Steve and Sally Schroeder
  • Lisa Schaffer
  • Bridget Coughran
  • And nearly 100 individual donors