Vancouver Community College (VCC) students are doing their part to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re staying home and practicing physical distancing while continuing to pursue their goals by studying online.
Post-secondary students across the province, however, are also particularly hard-struck by unemployment. Prior to COVID-19, our students worked in restaurants, tourism, retail stores, salons, spas, child care centres, and more. These jobs allowed them to provide for their basic needs like food and housing while training to be future health care workers, skilled tradespeople, educators, and professionals. Without this work, they are struggling.
Initial combined funding from government and internal donors has already allowed us to distribute 332 emergency bursaries to students from 40 different programs, but less than half the applicants were helped, and their need continues. If you have the means, please consider supporting a second round of funding to help our students weather this storm.
Inspired by the international Giving Tuesday campaign (held the Tuesday after Black Friday), Giving Tuesday Now has been created as a global day of giving and unity to fill the exceptional need caused by COVID-19.
Giving Tuesday Now will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
To double our community’s generosity, starting on Tuesday May 5, VCC Foundation will match the first $20,000 received in donations before Sunday, May 31, 2020.
To donate, visit the VCC Foundation donation page and select “COVID Emergency Bursary Fund.”
Funds will be distributed via VCC’s need-based bursary application process.
Thank you for anything you can give.
For ongoing updates and information on resources and supports available to VCC students, visit VCC’s COVID-19 information site.