All of us at the SBCC Foundation would like to offer the following important updates, informational resources, and deep gratitude for your continued support as we navigate the emerging coronavirus health crisis.

In concert with the public health guidelines issued by the federal, state, and local governments, SBCC leadership has taken decisive steps to limit the health risks to our students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. All classes that can be moved to an online format will be offered remotely through the remainder of the semester. Those that cannot are temporarily cancelled while alternatives are explored. Nearly all of the college faculty and staff are now working remotely. The college has posted a comprehensive web page with all of the critical information updated daily. You may find it here.

The Foundation is in step with the college — all staff are now working remotely. Foundation business is being conducted via email, conference call, and web tools. We are still sending and receiving mail though deliveries are less frequent, so we ask for your patience if mailed communications are slower than normal. Our programs continue uninterrupted.

In light of the guidance from public health officials, we (like so many others) have postponed our annual fundraising event. The 2nd Annual Spring Forward! Gala will no longer take place on May 2nd. The good news is that we have a new date secured! Please note that the new date will be Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. We will again be celebrating in the SBCC Sports Pavilion and look forward to having you join us!

While we don’t know exactly what the days ahead will bring to our campus, we do know that our students, especially those who are already facing significant challenges, will likely experience increased financial and personal hardship. The Foundation is as committed as ever to supporting SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue lifelong learning goals.

With this in mind, the Foundation is offering emergency grants to current SBCC students who are experiencing financial emergencies as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Grant details and the application form (as a PDF and a Google Form in both Spanish and English).

The grants funds will assist students with technology to aid with the rapid shift to remote learning, wireless access, and emergency support for those experiencing financial crisis brought on by loss of work.

We welcome your support for any of these special efforts, as well as our core work. Donations may be made here.

These are challenging times for our community and we appreciate your continued generosity. Thank you for standing with the SBCC Foundation and for caring about our students.