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MSDWT School Closure Support Fund

MSDWT School Closure Support Fund

These are unprecedented times… 

The true impact our Washington Township Schools have on our community has never been more apparent than with the sudden absence of the traditional supports they provide.

Many reached out to ask what they can do to help… 

In an effort to provide Washington Township supporters an outlet to help our MSDWT community in this time of uncertainty, we coordinated the MSDWT School Closure Support Fund.

In conjunction with Washington Township Schools administration and social workers, we  identified 3 pertinent areas that need support- at home educational resources, basic needs and awareness of community resources.

Thank You… 

The flash campaign that ran through Wednesday March 26th was a true representation of community and raised over $27,000. Hundreds of gifts, big and small, came together to support our most vulnerable. We, along with the MSDWT social work team, are now doing the work of getting resources distributed.

As this Pandemic continues and remote learning needs continue to develop, The Advancement Center and the MSDWT School Closure Fund will continue to serve as a life line for the educational needs and basic needs for hundreds of Washington Township students and their families. Thank You for being a part of that lifeline.

Educational Needs

Challenge:

School and library closures have limited the access of educational materials for students confined to their homes. This disproportionately impacts low-income students and exacerbates the educational inequality of at home learning.

How you helped:

Donations to the MSDWT School Closure Support Fund are being utilized to purchase and deliver at-home support materials to school families. We have worked with MSDWT social workers and curriculum coordinators to identify beneficial material. (Due to recent health recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and recipients, we focused on monetary support to purchase new materials and were, and continue to be unable to accept donation of previously used materials for these efforts.)

What your donation provided:

256 students (and counting) with at home learning supplies filled with workbooks, school supplies, books, crafting supplies, puzzles and educational games personalized to their learning levels and interests!

Basic Needs

Challenge:

School closures impact food access and create child-care shortfalls. The current economic instability associated with COVID-19 can also put a strain on personal finances. While all are impacted by the current uncertainty, our students from low income families are particularly vulnerable.

How you helped:

The MSDWT School Closure Support Fund  is being utilized to help MSDWT social workers address food insecurity, personal hygiene, household and transportation support needs.

What your donation provided:

57 families (and counting) with basic need kits filled with cleaning supplies, personal care items, laundry soap, dish soap as well as diapers and formulas for families with babies. As well as hundreds of protective masks to the MSDWT nutrition staff working hard to keep our students fed through remote distribution.

  

Community Resources

Challenge:

Connecting those that wish to help MSDWT families with the local organizations that have the capacity to support the evolving needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

How you can continue to help:

Provided to the right are a list of local organizations that serve our students and their families. These are wonderful organizations to know about and support in this time of need. Links have been provided to learn more about these organizations and how they can be supported. They and several others identified by MSDWT are also good resources to have if you or somebody you know is in need.

Local OrganizationPurposeWebsite
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked CreekRental Assistance, Utility Assistance, Food, Childcarehttps://www.faybiccardglickcenter.org/
Crooked Creek Food PantryFoodhttps://www.ccfpindy.org/
Indy Hunger NetworkFoodhttps://www.indyhunger.org/
Gleaners Food BankFoodhttps://www.gleaners.org/
Northside Food PantryFoodhttps://www.secondchurch.org/foodpantry
Covenant FoodsFoodhttp://www.northsideindy.org/local.html
Popsie’s Food PantryFoodhttps://www.jewishindianapolis.org/jfs/popsies-pantry
Martin Luther King Community CenterRental Assistance, Utility Assistance, Food, Childcarehttps://mlkcenterindy.org/
Stopover, Inc.Shelter for youthhttps://stopoverinc.org/
School on WheelsAcademic support, mentoring, school supplies for children experiencing homelessnesshttps://indyschoolonwheels.org/
Outreach Inc.Support for teens experiencing homelessnesshttps://www.outreachindiana.org/
Young Families of Indiana Network (Future Promises)Support for pregnant and parent teenshttps://hhcorp.org/hhc/index.php/programs/young-families-of-indiana-network
Expensify.orgReimbursement for purchasing essential goods during COVID-19 outbreak through the SNAP programhttps://www.expensify.org/hunger

Continued Support

The MSDWT School Closure Support Fund flash campaign was an incredible success and we can’t thank our donors enough. If you wish to continue to support the MSDWT community during this time of need, please make sure to learn more about and support the resources listed in this post.  Support of the Advancement Center Annual Fund is important too as we continue to fill the needs of our teachers and students. Learning continues… the classroom is just looking a little different, making our mission more important than ever. Thank you for loving our Washington Township Schools community!