VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS: The External Relations Department has been fielding an influx of offers to volunteer or donate in support of CSD schools and families. Many of these offers have generously come from employees. Social distancing has limited volunteer opportunities districtwide, but in order to capture the goodwill of the community for possible future needs, External Relations invites would-be volunteers to register with the District by emailing their names and contact information to email@example.com or calling 801-826-5171. Principals will, of course, continue to coordinate school-based volunteer efforts and needs, but are welcome to solicit extra help from the registry. As for monetary donations, the Canyons Education Foundation is encouraging people to direct their resources toward supporting the many local businesses and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (see the following community message). Though not actively seeking donations, the Foundation has created a special fund to be used to support Canyons District families who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
A Plea to Help Those Most in Need
The Canyons Education Foundation would like to thank our generous business partners and donors for the many offers of support we’ve received as we pull together as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19. The dismissal of schools has been a challenging time for all of us. But Canyons District schools have quickly adapted to supporting the at-home instruction of students while also findings creative ways — using existing resources — to serve free sack lunches to students in need.
At this time, we are recommending that those with offers of help use their time and resources to support area non-profits that cater to families in need or the many local shops, restaurants and displaced workers who have suffered cuts in wages as we heed calls for social distancing. Working from home, canceling events, and self-isolating have been necessary steps for mitigating the coronavirus outbreak, but have disproportionately hurt small businesses and Utah’s travel, entertainment and tourism industry — organizations that, over the years, have so generously supported our schools, teachers, and students.
For this reason, we are not actively soliciting donations. But, we have created a special fund to be used to support Canyons District families who have been hardest hit by the outbreak.
Please consider the many small ways we can all lend a hand to help local businesses stay afloat:
- Shop local, online or in-person
- Purchase gift cards to your favorite sports arena, museum, zoo, aquarium, ski resort, hotel, shop or restaurant
- Tip service workers more than usual
- Order takeout or have a meal delivered from your favorite eatery
A WORD ON VOLUNTEERS: As Canyons District schools are practicing social distancing, we do not have many volunteer opportunities at this time. We encourage parents to continue to work with their neighborhood schools to meet local volunteering needs. Or, sign up to be “on call” if the need arises by joining our volunteer registry. Simply email your name and contact information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-826-5171.