11 Cares and Dollar Bank supporting Virtual Learning for Pittsburgh’s Children and Youth

11 Cares and Dollar Bank supporting Virtual Learning for Pittsburgh’s Children and Youth

PITTSBURGH — 11 Cares and Dollar Bank are proud to partner with Communities in Schools, Pittsburgh -- Allegheny County.

The organization helps Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable students stay in school and work toward the best future possible.

“We need some of our hometown heroes to step up and help. Schools nor families can do this alone. Everyone needs to find a way to pitch in and help – whether you have children in your household or not…” said Bridget Clement, Executive Director for Communities In Schools, Pittsburgh – Allegheny County.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented need, especially for vulnerable families, so from Sunday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 31, the organization is:

- collecting personal protection equipment (PPE) for students and teachers

- funding for community learning hubs that are supporting foster care students and families of frontline workers who cannot be at home for remote learning

- resources for a virtual mentoring program that will provide a mentor to Pittsburgh middle and high school students for a weekly virtual lunch.

If you donate, here’s what your money goes towards:

  • $10 Provides a toiletry kit for 1 student.
  • $25 Provides a personal protection masks, hand sanitizers, disinfection wipes and supplies.
  • $50 Supports student participation in CISPAC’s workforce development programs.
  • $75 Provides a weekend backpack of food for 1-student throughout the school year.
  • $100 Supports CISPAC’s Student and Family Aid Fund.
  • $300 Sponsors a student’s participation in CISPAC’s Virtual Mentoring program.
  • $1,000 Buys a laptop that can be used for remote learning.
  • $2,500 Provides a CISPAC specialist to support a special needs student learning while at-home.

You can also sign up to become a virtual mentor.

By donating or signing up to become a mentor, you can help some of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable students stay in school while we all work together to move through the COVID-19 pandemic. You can go online to donate or text your gift by sending “BACKTOSCHOOL” to “707070” or text “volunteer” to “412-924-5770” to find out how to become a volunteer mentor.

“We are proud to team up with Community in Schools and 11 Cares to help provide local students and teachers with the assistance they need to continue to learn and work remotely,” said Frank Buonomo, Vice President of Public Affairs for Dollar Bank. “It is imperative that we are diligent in working together to support our communities to ensure all students have equal resources to support their education.”