It’s hard to believe the Marshall Fire began two weeks ago. We remain heartbroken to see the devastation in our backyard and more so as we realize how it will affect the community for years to come.
Impact on Education raises $500,000 for BVSD students and staff
We’re pleased to report that we not only met last week’s $50,000 matching grant challenge from Don and Karen Brown, but we’ve now raised over $500,000 through our Critical Needs Fund since the Marshall Fire began on December 30th. The outpouring of support from the community is uplifting to see, and we’re incredibly grateful to the 800 donors that helped us reach this milestone.
The funds we’re raising will directly support the immediate needs, long-term recovery, and mental health of BVSD students and staff.
What we’ve done so far
Our immediate focus was ensuring that the students who lost their homes would be able to return to school with everything they needed to resume learning. We brought together community volunteers and supporters to organize and distribute nearly 600 backpacks filled with school supplies and headphones for these impacted students across the district.
We’ve also utilized our dedicated volunteers to:
- help transport dozens of musical instruments to schools for students who lost one
- support a pop-up food pantry at Douglass Elementary
- assemble elementary science kits at the FOSS Center
Thank you to the volunteers who have supported us with these efforts and to the hundreds more who raised their hand to help!
More support for staff and students is coming
While the needs of our community become more clear, our next step is to provide cash assistance to staff and gift cards to students most in need of support. In addition, we have volunteers corralling in-kind donations from local partners and will be creating comfort kits that will be distributed to impacted students and staff later this month.
We’re simultaneously working with BVSD and other partners to build a long-term mental health response that will support everyone in the district. This fire impacted the entire community, and coupled with the stress of the pandemic, we know providing free access to mental health resources will be critically important.
BVSD also continues their work to support families and employees directly impacted by the Marshall Fire and offering trauma support.