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FPPS Gets United Way Grant to Support Families

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FPPS Gets United Way Grant to Support Families
Posted on 07/06/2020
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The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) announced July 6 that it has received funding to help provide financial stability to vulnerable Portland students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $12,000 Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund grant from United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) will be used to support the Portland Public Schools Families in Crisis Fund.

These funds exist to provide emergency food, housing, utility payments, uncovered medical expenses and other pandemic-related support to Portland Public Schools students and families.

“It is nearly impossible for students to focus on academics when there is not enough food, no electricity or heat at home, or housing is unstable,” said FPPS Executive Director Andi Summers. “The Families in Crisis Fund was created to quickly address these types of urgent needs of Portland’s families to provide the stability that students need to engage in school. There have always been families in Portland that have struggled with homelessness or inability to pay bills. However, the needs have grown exponentially in the last four months. We are tremendously grateful for the United Way’s support.”

UWGP volunteers have now made three rounds of rapid funding decisions for a range of organizations on the front lines meeting emergency needs for those affected by the pandemic.

“Our schools are responding to the unprecedented needs in the community at this time,” said Liz Cotter Schlax, UWGP President and CEO. “We are incredibly grateful for the many donors who have contributed to the fund, making it possible for us to quickly and effectively help some of our youngest neighbors who are most impacted by COVID-19.”

About the Foundation for Portland Public Schools

The mission of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools is to raise philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland's public schools. The Foundation’s work is closely aligned with the Portland Promise, the comprehensive plan of the Portland Public Schools. Accordingly, the goals for support, enrichment, and fundraising are student achievement, equity, attending to the needs and development of students as whole people, and developing a robust, diverse, and supported staff at every school in the city. FPPS also coordinates a long-running Teacher Grants Program designed to support teacher-led classroom innovations that enhance learning experiences for students. The program recognizes, rewards and supports teachers’ work to inspire students and improve learning outcomes. In 2019, FPPS distributed over $47,000 in teacher grants.

About United Way of Greater Portland

For over 90 years, United Way of Greater Portland has served and strengthened Greater Portland by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Today, UWGP is uniting individuals and organizations around the community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Greater Portland. United with community partners, UWGP builds sustainable solutions that achieve long-term results and help the community thrive. The organization encourages everyone to be part of the change. To give, volunteer, advocate, or learn more, visit unitedwaygp.org.

FMI,  go to the FPPS website or contact FPPS Executive Director Andi Summers at 207-400-1151 or asummers@foundationforpps.org