Hamilton Foundation for Student Success Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Hamilton, Ontario – Apr. 16, 2020: On March 27, 2020, Hamilton Foundation for Student Success (HFSS) established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to continue supporting students in need during this difficult time. The HFSS is focusing COVID-19 Relief Fund donations specifically to fulfill HWDSB students’ nutritional and technological needs.

“When a donation is made, it goes directly towards providing grocery gift cards to student families struggling to put food on their table or helping to get a device or Internet in the hands of a student who needs a way to access learning at home,” said Chair of the Board for Hamilton Foundation for Student Success, Leah Schwenger.

On April 16, 2020, a joint message by HFSS and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board addressed that the closure of schools resulted in many HWDSB students, losing access to in-school nutrition programs and technology. Donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund will allow the HFSS to support students as they face these challenges.

“HWDSB is proud to partner with an organization as dedicated to our students as the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success,” said Alex Johnstone, Chair of the Board. “It is reassuring to know that donations to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will create high-level, positive impacts for our students, by focusing on essential needs such as nutrition and technology.”
The Hamilton Foundation for Student Success has also announced that Tandia Credit Union and Johnson Insurance will match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000.

“We are committed to supporting HWDSB students so that no student will fall through the cracks. We want to ensure they are able to learn and grow to their full potential even while they are beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Leah Schwenger.

In this time of physical and social distancing, Hamilton Foundation for Success and the HWDSB stay committed to their mission to engage with the community by utilizing digital platforms.

Those who are able to can donate at www.hfsscovidrelief.ca/

Hamilton Foundation for Student Success can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @HamFdnSS for updates on their COVID-19 Relief Fund.