100 Women Who Care donate BIG to Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation; funds will support remote learning needs

At the May 18th meeting of 100 Women Who Care Greater Snoqualmie Valley chose the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation (SVSF) to receive this quarter’s large donation.

While the final donation number isn’t known yet, the total is typically about $10,000.

The 100 Women Who Care community impact concept is simple: chapter members – who each donate $100 – nominate local nonprofits; three organizations are then randomly drawn; and members vote on that quarter’s recipient.

SVSF President Lorraine Thurston was excited to learn her nonprofit organization was selected, saying, “We are thrilled to be the recipient this quarter.”

The funds will be used to support Snoqualmie Valley School District’s remote learning needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thurston explained, “SVSF has committed to covering the monthly data charges for 100 T-Mobile Hotspots for students who do not have reliable internet connectivity at home, which will allow these students to continue to access their education during the quarantine.”

The foundation is committed to covering the costs until the end of the school year, but depending on the district’s reopening plans – it could continue. They’ve also had requests from some student with limited mobility for a touch screen devices, so the foundation is working with the district to secure $2,500 worth of devices for them.

The donation also comes at a good time, as SVSF was forced to cancel its big annual Small Hands to Big Plans [in person] luncheon in March. Last year the luncheon raised $84,000 to support district-wide education initiatives.

BUT SVSF will kick-off its Small Hands to Big Plans Virtual Lunch-In fundraiser on May 28th, which also leads into foundation’s week of giving.

Because of the 100 Women Who Care donation, Thurston said SVSF can focus its Small Hands to Big Plans virtual event on the on-going support provided through its district-wide initiatives.

Thurston commented, “This year, our the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation (SVSF) team identified the need for more math intervention support at the elementary school level; district wide focus on the Portrait of a Graduate initiative; and a focus on mental health and community building, especially as we help students through this uncertain time.”

She added, “When students transition back into physical schools again, we want them to feel safe and successful, so we’ll be supporting the district’s plans to rebuild school culture and support for students.”

Visit www.svsfoundation.org to donate, learn more, and/or participate in the 2020 Small Hands to Big Plans virtual fundraiser. The foundation is also seeking new board members.

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