Emergency Response and Daily Adjustments – How the WiSH Education Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 Situation.

by | Apr 30, 2020 | Community

Like many small businesses in our community, nonprofits are facing difficult challenges right now and fighting to remain sustainable while continuing program support. It’s a time that requires tough choices, creativity and adjustments – daily. As a nonprofit that supports our local community, we also feel a very deep responsibility to remain transparent and in communication with those who have supported us. WiSH is dedicated to our mission of supporting Hart District programs not funded by tax dollars alone, with two of our programs proving even more relevant in these past few weeks.
School closure announcements came on a Wednesday and with no advance-notice. We had no idea that our nearly two-year-old computer program, created to provide chrome books to students in need, would become so vital so quickly. Working with the Hart district technology department and school site administration, over 3,100 chrome books were delivered to schools IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS to ensure students had access to remote learning from home. Since the closure, that total has swelled to approximately 4,000.
WiSH has been committed to funding wellness programs since last year; after the Saugus tragedy in November, that program became a priority for us. Although we were on track to fund centers and programs on campuses district wide by the end of the school year, we remain determined to have them ready when students return to campus. This time of upheaval gives us even greater reason to provide resources for our students. This is the time for evolution, so student wellness has gone virtual – there are weekly virtual mindfulness/yoga classes weekly for students, parents and teachers and a wellness website that students and their families can access and request tele-support wellness. Across the district, schools are going the distance to support our students!
As a foundation, we’ve had to postpone our events, cutting our essential operations revenue and putting us at risk. Because we are passionate about providing program continuation, we’ve made the choice to eliminate payroll and become a 100% volunteer organization, with all non-essential spending frozen. Rest assured, our program funds remain intact and protected. If our doors are open, we are here to serve our students.
What can you do to help? First, support our local businesses. We could never do what we do without their generosity all year long. The restaurants, winemakers, retailers and sponsors of our events allow us to grow our bottom dollar and support programs that include programs across STEAM and more. Second, come to our wonderful events when they are held and if you’re able, consider a sponsorship – which will now get you a year’s worth of exposure! Join our mailing list to stay on top of all updated information at www.WiSHscv.org.
Make note of our event dates! Cocktails on the Roof is scheduled for September 11; the SCV Music Festival (featuring the music of Genesis this year!), held outside at the Valencia Innovation Park, is on September 26; and Wine on the Roof has been moved to November 13. Don’t forget about the events that have supported us as beneficiary, whose funds support student wellness: the SCV Charity Chili Cookoff has moved to October 29 and SCV VegFest is postponed. All updated event information can be found on our website, www.WiSHscv.org.
GET UP AND GET MOVING! Executive Director Amy Daniels was fortunate to work with Master Trainer Adnan Hyder to prepare for her successful Kilimanjaro climb in 2017. As a former Hart district student and WiSH supporter, Adnan is offering virtual, private one-on-one training sessions for a small fee and donating 100% to WiSH! Check our WiSH website and our Facebook page for more information. This is a rare opportunity to work with the best and he’ll modify your workout, whether you just need to get moving or you’re training with a goal in mind. Questions? Email wish@hartdistrict.org.

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