ASF announces new Fund for Equity & Inclusion
On so many levels, these are challenging times. During our forced time-out due to the COVID19 crisis, ASF Board members have been working on strategic planning to make our organization stronger and more responsive to the needs of the schools and the community. Throughout this two-month process, we have been discussing ways we could make our organization more diverse and inclusive, and for ways to support the the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our school community.
Recent heartbreaking events have brought these issues to the forefront. The Ashland Schools Foundation joins the Ashland School District and voices around the nation in advocating for real change to end systemic racism in our community and our country.
But raising our voice is not enough.
ASF has established a new Fund for Equity & Inclusion for directed donations to provide resources in Ashland Public Schools for our community of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). We will be matching the first $5000 in donations, and will be working with the school district and families to do an assessment of needs to determine how we can have the greatest impact through funding. In the meantime ASF will work to secure funds to meet those needs as the district develops a cohesive plan to address equity, diversity and inclusion in the Ashland Public Schools with the input our BIPOC community.
Please click HERE if you would like to contribute to this cause. Thank you.
2020 FUND DRIVE - POSTPONED
To our Ashland Community:
Our thoughts are with you all during this uncertain time. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyone's lives in ways we couldn't have imagined. And while we are now working from our home offices, ASF is up and running! We wanted to let you all know about some impacts for our organization.
The most immediate impact is that we will not be conducting our Annual Fund Drive this spring. We know our community is hurting, and many businesses and citizens are struggling with the financial strain of having to shut down our society to beat this virus. We did not feel it was the right time to hold a community-wide fund drive even though the cause is worthy. The Annual Fund Drive is a critical part of our fundraising, so when the dust settles, we will share more communication about future fundraising events. We truly appreciate all of the amazing volunteers who show up year-after-year to make calls and raise money for our schools here in Ashland. We will miss seeing you this spring!
And as always, if you are able, any donation is welcome. We know COVID-19 will have a huge financial impact on our schools, as Income Taxes drop and state funds become strained. If this is a good time for you to give, we would welcome your support. You can mail a donation to 100 Walker Ave, Ashland or just click the donate button on our site to give online.
For now, we see our role in this time as one of support to the Ashland School District as they navigate the new challenge of delivering supplemental learning. And we are in good hands: our Ashland educators are working tirelessly to make this transition a success. We are in communication with the district about emerging needs to see how we can best direct our resources and have the biggest impact.
Thank you for your support - stay safe and stay strong.
Your Shopping Can Support Ashland Schools!
At this point, more than ever, we encourage you to support our local businesses for any needs. But with the temporary closure of so many retailers, you may be shopping online for things you would have purchased locally.
If so, there are simple ways for your shopping dollars to also benefit the Ashland Schools!
Visit our SHOP TO SUPPORT page to discover ways to raise funds for the schools by simply linking your shopping to the right merchant programs.
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