Tomorrow is the Communities In Schools (CIS) 2021 Giving Day – and I hope you’ll choose to be a part of helping students throughout the CIS of Mid-America network go beyond the challenges of the past year so they can finish the school year strong.
You will be hearing from us again tomorrow as we come together to ensure all students, no matter their race, neighborhood, or background, have the community resources and caring connections they need to reach their full potential.
But today, I wanted to share a story of Madison with you to help you understand why Giving Day—and the transformative work that Communities In Schools accomplishes every day—matters.
At the start of the pandemic, Madison’s grandmother, who works as a house cleaner, was let go by all of her clients. And even though evictions in their community were officially paused, the family’s landlord forced them to leave anyway.
Madison and her six family members spent the next two months and more living in a broken-down shed without water, heat, or electricity. The family had to visit a local gas station in order to brush their teeth, wash up, or even use the bathroom.
As winter came on, Madison remembers seeing her breath in the air at night. She began to lose hope.
So she entered the Communities In Schools office at her school and broke down in tears while talking to the Site Coordinator, unsure of what her family was supposed to do.
That’s when Communities In Schools leapt into action—thanks to generous friends like you.
Within a day, Kim connected Madison’s family with a local community member who donated funds to get Madison and her family out of the shed and into a hotel. But the help didn’t stop there—Madison’s family was soon placed in a new home of their own, with running water, electricity, beds, and everything else they needed to survive the pandemic still raging in their community.
Today, Madison’s grandmother has been able to return to work, and other members of the family have found jobs too. Madison can complete her schoolwork each day without fear of where she’ll sleep that night. Her future is bright and warm.
That is the difference that Communities In Schools makes. Your support means that our teams can connect students like Madison with what they need to go beyond their current situation. You will help each student overcome the obstacles in their way, so they can stay on track for graduation and everything that each of them deserves.
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.