The Orange Coast College Foundation has launched an emergency fund to help the school's most vulnerable students as they navigate the economic fallout of the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
The Pirates United Emergency Fund has raised $13,000 to date, and will continue to seek donations as the crisis persists. Students in need can apply for $500 grants via the OCC Care's website at www.orangecoastcollege.edu/occcares
"The website provides resources links and a link to the on-line application," says OCC Foundation Executive Director, Doug Bennett. "The application screens students for various state and federal funds available and allows the college to help students connect with resources."
The Pirates United fund assists students who might not qualify for other financial resources. "The intent for the Pirates United Emergency Fund is to provide grants to students who aren't eligible for the other funds, or who are in challenging situations where a one-time grant will help them," says Bennett.
Orange Coast College closed its campus on March 15, and all classes have been transitioned online for the remainder of the spring semester. Many of the college's students are facing losses in hourly wages from part-time jobs, both on and off campus. Money provided by the fund will support OCC students who find themselves in dire circumstances – covering critical food, housing, medical, and transportation expenses, as well as funding basic laptops for students who don't have access to a home computer.
A donation form for the Pirate's United Emergency Fund can be found here.