We hope that you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. Thanks to the incredible generosity of more than 315 supporters like you, we have raised almost $200,000 to support UCLA students impacted by COVID-19 and we are continuing to strive toward our goal of 500 donors.
In the 6 weeks since the University announced the transition to remote learning, the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) has received over 1,530 requests for financial assistance due to loss of wages from the COVID-19 crisis. Students have reported that their immediate financial need is typically $1,800 to $2,000 and their top priorities are tuition, rent and utilities, food, textbooks, and healthcare. ECRT Case Managers are working with students on an individual basis to determine how best to support them.
As COVID-19 continues to present challenges, we know that students will continue to face financial hardships and widespread disruption to their personal lives and academic success. We thank you for your compassion as we support students through difficult and evolving circumstances. Please share this campaign with your networks and help us leverage the power and generosity of the Bruin community: spark.ucla.edu/ECRT
Here are just a few of the stories that students shared with us. Please know that your donations are already making a huge difference to these students and many others:
“I use my wages to pay tuition and fees here at UCLA. As a first generation, low-income student, I cannot afford to not have a job as it is the only reason I am an enrolled student. Without these wages, I cannot afford to be here and will have to result to dropping out and transferring.”
“My father retired due to health issues a few years ago and my mother is a substitute teacher’s aid for the school district, so our family income is already limited. With my sister and I in college, I am very dependent upon my income to pay for everyday personal and medical expenses, as well as contributing toward larger expenses like rent. Additionally, I regularly help cover my co-workers’ shifts to work extra hours, but with all events cancelled for now, I will no longer be able to work the hours I need.”
“I work at a restaurant, which has now moved to doing only takeout. My hours have been drastically cut and we think it is likely our restaurant will be shuttered completely. We do not know when we will reopen fully and are just playing everything by ear.”