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
In light of the outbreak and impact of COVID-19, which has led to the need for distance learning programs, SPEF launched Home Work Helpers. This program complements the distance learning initiatives being provided by the district by offering free, online and interactive homework help for elementary grade students, Monday – Friday.
SPEF is working with elementary school teachers to coordinate helpers for their students, and is recruiting caring and knowledgeable volunteers to work with students (18+ years old; college students, teachers and community members). Volunteer Helpers receive background checks, followed by program-specific training. SPEF’s Programs Staff screens all applicants and matches volunteers to students with the teacher’s assistance, based on areas of expertise and need.
“Thank you so much for making this program work with the distance learning. I definitely would love to see this continue in the fall, and keep Dylan on the roster with his mentor. I’ve known that Dylan has enjoyed being in this program, and being around while he has been having his online meetings with his mentor Kristen has really shown me first hand what a positive influence this has on him. I am so grateful for the time that Kristen gives to my son. Thank you to all of you for making this happen, it’s made more of a difference than we ever expected.”
-Home Work Helpers parent feedback
Grab and Go Meal Distribution
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.
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!