The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting students and families in our community. At SPEF, we are working closely with the City of Stamford and Stamford Public Schools to do all we can to support their most urgent needs with a variety of programming.

Home Work Helpers

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students and families throughout our community. At SPEF, we work closely with Stamford Public Schools to do all we can to support their most urgent needs with a variety of programming. One such program is Home Work Helpers, which was launched last spring to complement the distance learning initiatives provided by the district. It provides free, online, and interactive homework help for elementary grade students, Monday – Friday.

SPEF’s Programs Staff recruits knowledgeable volunteers to work with students, one-on-one, in a virtual environment. Volunteer Helpers receive background checks, followed by program-specific training. One volunteer noted, “It’s a great opportunity to help out during these extraordinary times. Mutually rewarding!”

All applicants are screened and then matched with students based on areas of expertise and need. These matches have proven to be instrumental in helping students both academically and emotionally. “As a volunteer helper, I have truly enjoyed working with my student and giving him a sense of normalcy during this difficult time in the world. It is gratifying seeing the confidence he gained when correctly pronouncing a difficult word or solving a math problem he previously struggled with. The pairing of the student was very well thought out as well.”

In addition to positive reactions from SPEF’s volunteers, parents were pleased with the program’s impact as well:

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“This experience has been great for my daughter. The one-on-one sessions have been helpful to her. Her tutor is very patient and kind, and my daughter is comfortable asking her questions and really enjoys participating in the sessions each week.”   

“I love this program because I work a lot and am not able to help my son with his homework. This program helps him make up any work he is missing.  Also during a time when he isn’t interacting with a lot people, this was a great alternative for someone other than family to have a positive impact on my son.”

-Home Work Helpers parent feedback

Grab and Go Meal Distribution

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The Stamford Public School district is providing Grab and Go Meals for anyone under the age of 18, a sites throughout the City.

In March, SPEF began supporting the Stamford Public School district’s Grab and Go Meals program. SPEF quickly and effectively organized a roster of volunteers who have assisted by distributing meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for students 18 years old and younger throughout our community. From April through September, over 60 SPEF Grab-and-Go Meals volunteers contributed nearly 2,000 volunteer hours helping to distribute 434,000 meals.

Books Across Stamford 

In collaboration with The Ferguson Library, SPEF is rolling out our Books Across Stamford Program to Grab and Go Meals sites spread throughout Stamford. As families stop by local schools and community centers to collect their meals, they will also be able to pick up new books to add to their home libraries. Special thank you to Reading is FUNdamental for donating 2,500 books, enabling us to kick off this initiative on May 14th. More giveaways are anticipated throughout the school year and into the summer.

To contribute your time as a Books Across Stamford volunteer, complete this form: Volunteer Sign-Up.

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Laptop Unboxing

SPEF volunteers joined Stamford High School parents volunteers to unbox 2,500 laptops to distribute to students in time for the first day of distance learning! Volunteers included employees from SPEF partner Gartner, as well as SpringWorks Therapeutics and Booking Holdings Inc. We are so grateful for their support!

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