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Northeast State CARES raises $17,500 in one month

Staff Reports • Apr 23, 2020 at 9:15 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — In one month, the Northeast State Community College Foundation and its supporters have raised more than $17,500 to assist students with emergency resources in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort, College Aid in Response to an Emergency Situation (CARES), helps with food; transportation; childcare; living expenses; internet and computer access; and community resources.

The foundation created CARES in response to COVID-19 measures that postponed or cancelled traditional events. The foundation board and staff said CARES allows the organization to continue to help students without relying on in-person efforts such as its Derby Day and annual golf tournament fundraisers.

Erin Blevins, the college’s coordinator of scholarship programs, said more than 75 requests for assistance had been received. She said many of these students were matched to available campus and community resources, and 21 emergency awards totaling $6,350 had been made.

“The funds seems to make all the difference in the world to the students,” Blevins said. “They are really grateful for the help to get them through the semester.”

Blevins said of the 21 emergency award recipients, 15 students had been helped with food; eight with rent/utilities; seven with technology needs; and three with transportation.

Donations have come from more than 20 campus organizations and clubs, as well as foundation members, faculty, staff, and students.

The student clubs that pledged donations include the Drama Club; TRiO Club; SkillsUSA Student Leadership; the Gay Straight Alliance Club; Paws for a Cause; the Northeast State Scholars Foundation; Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) Club; Alpha Iota Chi chapter of PTK; Council for Leadership, Advocacy and Student Success; the Art Club; the Association for Computing Machinery; the Argumentation and Debate Society; the Criminal Justice Society; the Clinical Laboratory Science Club/Medical Laboratory Tech Program; Black Students Association; Campus Christian Fellowship; A Toast to Education; Northeast State Intervarsity Club; and Student Veterans Association.

Students may submit requests for assistance online at http://www.northeaststate.edu/cares.

To support students through the NSCC CARES effort, donate online at https://apps.northeaststate.edu/upay/.

To donate by mail, make checks payable to the “Northeast State Foundation” and send them to Northeast State Community College, Attn. Megan Almaroad, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617.

The NSCC Foundation promotes and supports academic and educational scholarship, community service, and other programs offered by the college. The foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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