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COVID-19 News and Resources

 

A collection of resources and news updates regarding COVID-19 to assist students and their families during this unprecedented time of hardship and crisis. This page will be updated regularly as new resources and news updates become available.

  • Our Response Plan

    There is no doubt that this is an extraordinarily challenging time for us all. There are so many unanswered questions, and our hearts are with you and the communities we serve during this time. As we navigate the COVID-19 response, College Possible is committed to supporting our staff and students. I wanted to provide a few updates on what we are doing to provide continuity of service to students and communities.

    • Effective March 16, 2020, all of our sites and national headquarters are working from home or other remote locations. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor this situation closely and make decisions based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and local government on when to reopen our sites. We will update our website and social media channels with important information, so please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
    • Students need us right now. School closures will impact our student population at a disproportionate rate. Low-income high school students are disconnected from one—or perhaps multiple—meals they would ordinarily receive at school. The college admissions process has been thrown into uncertainty. ACT and SAT testing is delayed until June. With nearly 1,000 colleges and universities closing and transitioning to distance learning, students will lose housing, access to campus dining services, and in some cases, access to health care and a source of income through employment.
    • We are taking action to support students during uncertain times. Through all of this, we are actively planning and implementing new ways to keep them connected and make students aware of resources available to them. We are working with partners and following guidance from health officials to curate resources and make them available to our students. To prioritize the health and well-being of our staff and students, we are working closely with site and program leaders to ensure manageable expectations around working with students as we continue to monitor school and community closures.
    • We will continue to offer virtual coaching to support our students. Our mission is laser focused on supporting and engaging students for more than 20 years, we will leverage that expertise to continue to support students through approved online and virtual resources. These virtual tools will allow us to stay in touch with our student base in real time with updates and resources. Amid adjustments in their daily routines that our sites and our families need to make due to COVID-19, the ways our students engage with the program will also change. We have already circulated resources to our sites to provide guidance around virtual coaching best practices and technology tools that can be leveraged as we move to remote work. In response to the evolving needs of our coaches and students in this environment, we will continue to collaborate with our sites and provide additional guidance.
    • We are committed to providing emergency relief to students and AmeriCorps members in communities we serve. Through generous support from one of our funders, we offer a micro-grant program to college students. We are exploring how we might expand that program to provide funds to COVID-19 related student and AmeriCorps emergencies. We welcome financial assistance from other individuals and organizations who would like to help meet the needs of our impacted students.

     

    As always, we look forward to your feedback and staying in close communication with students. As the nation and our communities confront this crisis, we want to thank our AmeriCorps members and staff and our community partners for rallying around us to ensure that we can protect and support the most vulnerable students in their time of need.

    Sincerely,


    Jim McCorkell,
    Founder and CEO of College Possible


    Craig Robinson
    President of College Possible

  • Health and Wellness Resources
  • Food Resources

    Food and Nutrition Service: COVID-19 Response Including WIC and SNAP waiver information.

    FoodPantries.Org Locate Food Pantries in your area.

    Feeding America Find your Local Foodbank.

    WhyHunger Food Finder

    Hunger Impact Partners (MN)

  • Student Resources

    Remote Learning

    Internet Essentials from Comcast Two months of free internet for families that are eligible for public assistance programs

    Spectrum Internet Waiving all installation and two months of service for new households with K-12 or college students.

    High School Students

    YouVisit Take virtual college tours.

    NCAC Resource for changes in admission events, deposit dates, and more.

    College Students

    College Student Relief Fund Helps students displaced by COVID-19 find financial assistance.

    U-Haul Offering free 30 day storage to new customers with a college ID.

    Vital Source Offering access to an expansive catalog of texts from a variety of publishes for students who are losing access to course materials (through May 25).

    JStor Offering over 35,000 books and access to unlicensed collections at participating institutions.

    Office of Federal Student Aid Information about federal student loan forbearance during the crisis.

  • AmeriCorps Resources

    AmeriCorps Teleservice: A Best Practices Guide

    Office of Federal Student Aid Information about federal student loan forbearance during the crisis.

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