North Clackamas teachers donate $13K to emergency housing fund
On May 19, leaders of the North Clackamas teachers union visited the North Clackamas Education Foundation (NCEF) to make a donation to the foundation's Emergency Housing Fund.
The $13,772 donation was made on behalf of North Clackamas Education Association (NCEA) retiring member educators using monies budgeted for local and national events now canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. The donation follows the association's $2,500 donation made last month to the NCSD Family Support food bank on behalf of early educators.
"Even though the doors to North Clackamas schools are closed, educators are still working around the clock to provide students and families with the support and instruction they need during such a trying time," said Andrea Anderson, NCEA vice-president. NCEA President Melinda Ryan added, "We're proud to provide additional resources to the NCEF Emergency Housing Fund so they can continue to assist families in our community who are struggling as a result of the COVID pandemic."
NCEF is a community-based nonprofit focused on assisting North Clackamas students and families.
"I am tremendously grateful to the North Clackamas Education Association for their generous donation of funds to provide food and rent assistance to the families of North Clackamas students. These resources will serve as a life-line for many families during these challenging times," said North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback.
The NCEF Emergency Housing Fund is designed to provide bridge support to the families of North Clackamas students who are struggling with housing costs due to disruptions in a parent's work hours. Even before the COVID pandemic community resources for housing assistance were extremely limited, and now the economic impact of the pandemic has stretched resources throughout the state to their breaking point.
"The Emergency Housing Fund has helped many families in North Clackamas schools, and this donation will help ensure families can continue to get support," said NCEF Executive Director Stephanie Rose. "All of the educators in our district are doing an amazing job in this difficult time. The generosity of this donation is inspiring; I can't say thank you enough."
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