Covid-19 has changed the way of life for many in Iredell County, but families which are living paycheck to paycheck are certainly feeling the effects especially deep at this point. With schools functioning with a virtual aspect to them many families do not have the support to continue working full-time and pay for a safe space where their children can learn. Families are also struggling to find ways to support the mental, and social interaction time which is needed to continue expanding the minds of youth. Noticing these two problems the Iredell County Covid-19 Education Fund has been developed.
This fund is a joint partnership between United Way of Iredell County, Iredell County Government and the Iredell – Statesville School System. The purpose is to support academic excellence for students and economic success for families duing the current pandemic. As funds allow two strategies will be used.
The performance of grant recipients, emerging needs of our community and any need for strategy changes necessitated by shifts in the pandemic at a local level will be monitored on an on-going basis by a diverse group of local volunteers appointed to a steering committee for this fund.