The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an even greater financial and emotional weight on the single-parent college students HOPE supports. Program participants have fallen ill with the virus, cared for others who were ill, and lost employment due to the pandemic. In addition to the resources we already provide, HOPE. will funnel additional funds into groceries, cleaning and medical supplies, emotional counseling, and utilities expenses for all of our Atlanta-area participants.
There are 10 HOPE families who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19; from the loss of employment, to becoming ill with the virus themselves. HOPE needs financial support to meet the new emergency needs of our program participants. We also understand that many supporters are experiencing challenging times, as well. As such, we are asking donors to "Redirect HOPE" by donating money they would have (but didn't) spent on expenses such as gas, salon services, or bistro coffee, to HOPE.
Emergency funds will support the immediate needs of HOPE families. Money for groceries, utilities and more will help keep single-parents and their children out of an even bigger crisis. By relieving these burdens, parents can continue their college studies, which have moved to an online format, as well focus on the homeschooling support their children require. Without help, some parents may be forced out of college, never to return, making it virtually impossible to emerge from poverty.
The project ensures 10 Atlanta-area low-income, single parents and their children who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, have the emergency resources they need to stay out of crisis. It supports the parents while they are enrolled in online college courses, allowing them to work toward degree completion, keeping them on track for graduation and breaking the cycle of poverty. The project protects the progress they have made toward their education, increasing their chances to graduate.
Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.
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