On Giving Day, April 2, 2020, the Mason community came together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to support students in financial crisis. Together, we received more than 130 gifts totaling more than $27,000 to help CHHS students stay at Mason.
Over 50% of donations received were from CHHS faculty and staff members; a true embodiment of “Patriots Helping Patriots”. Odette Willis, faculty member in the School of Nursing shared that she supports this fund because “sometimes a little extra assistance can go a long way” for a student in need.
These funds can help students purchase groceries, pay for rent, or cover other costs to ensure CHHS students don’t have to drop out of school due to financial obstacles. With your contributions, we will be able to offer aid where it is needed most.
To date, CHHS has received 16 applications to the CHHS Student Emergency Assistance Fund, requesting a total of $13,600 dollars. While we have made significant progress toward our goal, the need has risen significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we anticipate additional applications in the coming months.
We will be continuing to collect donations to help these students in financial crisis. If you didn’t get a chance to make your gift and would still like to participate, please visit our giving page. If you have already donated, thank you – we truly appreciate your dedication to CHHS students and we hope you will let others know how they could help support the future health workforce.