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Student leaders donate $8,000 to emergency funding programs to help aid peers

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Grand Rapids Community College Campus (Hayley Babbitt/The Collegiate).

With the number of students needing assistance rising, Student Alliance at Grand Rapids Community College donated $8,000 between the emergency fund and the food pantry.

Both of these programs are helping aid students who are not able to work due to COVID-19.

The donation was split between the two programs, allocating $2,500 to the food pantry with the remaining $5,500 going towards the emergency fund.

Student Alliance President Emma Johnson said her organization’s mission is to advocate for students and help them be successful.

“The state our world is in is very scary, and every single one of us is being affected and fighting our own battles,” said Johnson. “Student Alliance truly wants to help the GRCC students in these hard times. When we were offered the opportunity to support students through the emergency fund at GRCC, it was a no-brainer. The Student Alliance team has GRCC students’ best interests in heart and will continue to do whatever we can to help each other out. We are all in this together.”

The number of students in need is rising, GRCC’s Student Life has helped double the amount of students in one semester in comparison to the entire 2018-2019 school year.

“Many college students were struggling prior to the coronavirus crisis, especially those balancing school with work and families,” said Lina Blair, director of GRCC’s Office of Student Life and Conduct.

Student Life will still be providing curbside food pick up for students. The next food pickup will be held outside of the Student Center from 12 – 2 p.m. on April 1. Students are required to bring either their RaiderCard or another form of identification. For a list of more information and other dates this will be available, visit the Get Help page here.

Students who are in need of emergency funding or housing can still apply for it, for more information visit Get Help.

Community members can also donate to any GRCC program, including the emergency fund and the food pantry.