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COVID-19 Emergency Fund Update
Top Left: Student from St. Stanislaus Kostka School, working on her e-learning curriculum
Top Right: St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Principal Mariagnes Menden, hosting morning assembly
Bottom Left: St. Ailbe School science teacher, Ms. Davis, leading a virtual science experiment
Bottom Right: Student from St. Thomas the Apostle School, working on a literacy activity 
Greetings Big Shoulders Fund Family,
One of our staff members recently said, “our buildings might be closed, but we are still open for learning, serving 20,000 children.” 

On Monday, the first day of e-learning for our schools, we saw principals doing “virtual” morning assemblies on social media, showing parents, from their own kitchen at home, how to make playdough with their children, and many reminding their students of the high expectations they hold for them, whether in or out of a school building.  For those of you on Instagram…or for those of you home with family members with Instagram, we have set up a channel highlighting some of this activity. Click here to view!
As many of us adjust to the new norm of working and learning from home, Big Shoulders Fund and our network of 75 schools have quickly shifted how we educate our students in the most effective, challenging, and creative ways.

While we have experienced some challenges and growing pains in creating learning environments in living spaces, our students, and especially their parents and guardians, have been tremendously flexible and resilient. That’s what makes our families so special.
Our families, though, have been hit hardest by this unforeseen change in how they live, as many have had hours cut or have been laid off because of the economy slowing. They are now grappling with new expenses, such as added daycare and technology, with even more strained financial resources, making access to our schools harder.
We are humbled and incredibly grateful for the continuous outpouring of support – both emotional and financial – for our schools and students. As always you #LeapIntoAction when they need you most!
In response to our recent outreach (below) for our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, the Big Shoulders Fund community answered the call with an extraordinary $35,000 in only three days. We are making great progress in providing our students, families, and schools with vital resources and most importantly hope for the future during this trying time. I invite you to share the COVID-19 Emergency Fund flyer with your social networks inviting others to #LeapIntoAction for our shared mission.
We thank you for your unwavering support in providing quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children during this challenging time.
All my very best and stay safe,
Josh Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Original Message from Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Greetings Big Shoulders Fund Family,
We are in uncharted territory. I have no insights to offer on the COVID-19 crisis, except that I know it is only by working together that we will make it through this. 
While the fear and impact associated with the crisis is everywhere, I am amazed as I watch the American spirit of helping our neighbors in need and a can-do attitude that has pulled us through many challenges shift into high gear. In turn, our team here at Big Shoulders Fund and the many supporters I have heard from have been undeterred and focused even more on our mission.

The number of calls and emails we have received at Big Shoulders Fund offering help with food, school materials, and emergency scholarships for those truly living on the margins is uplifting. Fear is not winning. Our core American value of helping those in need is alive and well.  It seems President Franklin Roosevelt’s call to action – the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself! – continues to move us today. 
And so, in response to what we are hearing from the communities we serve and from people who want to help, we have set up the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, with a goal of raising at least $3M. This Emergency Fund will enable us to do everything in our power to ensure our students continue to have food and opportunities to learn and thrive, and to help our schools operate in this new reality.  This Emergency Fund will assist with everything from food cards, launching and investing in e-learning programs, and scholarships for families losing their jobs.

Please help us #LeapIntoAction for the 75 schools and 20,000 students we serve by donating today to the Big Shoulders Fund COVID-19 Emergency Fund. You will not only fulfill a need of our school, students, and families, but most importantly, you will provide hope that we will get through this together!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones and with our country as we pull together, even tighter, the many pieces of cloth that created the quilt of our great United States of America.  Thank you for your continued partnership and support for the 20,000 children we serve!
All my very best and stay safe,
Josh Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer
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