The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has awarded FUEL NKU $ 15,000, UpSpring $ 2,700, and the Esperanza Latino Center of Northern Kentucky $ 1,250 in the latest grant round of its Horizon NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund.
FUEL NKU (FUEL: Feed the University & Enrich Lives) is Northern Kentucky University’s free pantry program that supports food security and enriches student lives through education, engagement, and advocacy. The funds from her most recent scholarship will be used to buy food and staples for students during the summer months.
“On behalf of Northern Kentucky University, I would like to thank the Horizon Community Funds for their generosity and dedication to academic success,” said NKU College of Health and Human Services Dean and Professor Dale Stephenson. “This gift relieves needy students and brings them one step closer to achieving a university degree and participating in our campus community.”
UpSpring supports homeless children in greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky by providing education and enrichment opportunities and will use its grant to purchase tablets and laptops for summer campers and their junior counselors in northern Kentucky. Since many children are still not vaccinated, the non-profit organization offers a hybrid model for their camp, with three days in person and two days remote. The tablets and laptops will facilitate online learning and remote day enrichment, while also helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in a virtual world.
“We are excited to be working with Horizon Community Funds to bring such an important resource to our students,” said Alex Kuhns, Executive Director of UpSpring. “As we’ve all seen last year, virtual learning and working are part of the new normal and our ability to connect homeless children to tablets and laptops enables them to thrive in this new world.”
Esperanza Latino Center of Northern Kentucky, the premier center in Northern Kentucky promoting and providing services to the Hispanic / Latin American and multicultural community, will use funds to purchase computer equipment and study materials for their summer tutoring program to Hispanic / Latin American To keep students on track a nontraditional year of school and home learning.
“There is no greater cause for concern than the educational setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Reid Yearwood, executive director of Esperanza. “As in other communities, many students from the Latin American / Hispanic community in northern Kentucky have fallen behind and parents are high. This scholarship will allow us to lay the foundation for a tutoring program that will allow students to get extra tuition to catch yourself and avoid further backlog. Thank you to Horizon Community Funds for continuing to believe in our mission and for providing much-needed support to the community we serve. “
“The impact of the pandemic on students will be compounded for some time,” added Nancy Grayson. “We will continue to stand by and be in close contact with local leaders in this area, and we have steadfastly put our hand on theirs to raise all students in northern Kentucky.”
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate to the Horizon NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund by:
- SMS with “NKYRELIEF” to 44-321
- Visit www.horizonfunds.org
- Mail a check made out to Horizon Community Funds (Memo: NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund): 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 431, Covington, KY 41011