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June 8, 2020

Lisa Ramirez
Public Relations Coordinator
Minneapolis South High School

MINNEAPOLIS –To provide critical aid to students and families facing loss of livelihood, experiencing food insecurity and/or dealing with the current health crisis, the South High Foundation has partnered with School Social Workers to create the “South High Emergency Relief Fund.

In recent weeks, families, already at a financial disadvantage, have been steeped further into economic uncertainty––due to the concentration of destruction on and near Lake Street, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lead Social Worker Sheri Harris says, “Trauma is one thing we help students with, but we rely on donations to help students with basic, immediate needs.

In one instance, all eight members of a family contracted COVID. We purchased gift cards for food delivery because no one in the family was in a position to cook. In another instance, a student’s mother became ill, and as a result, unemployed. The student got a job to help, but donations helped them to make ends meet. We have, yet, another family in shelter; another student living on his own; and a family out of work, for whom unemployment benefits will not be coming, as they are undocumented.

The stories are countless, and the generosity––of community, alumni, and caring citizens in Minneapolis, across the country and around the world––is not only desperately needed, “it’s life-affirming for families to know people care.”

Donors may give via PayPal, GiveMN or personal check, and will receive a letter documenting their gift as a tax-deductible donation. Funds will be administered by School Social Workers and given directly to families in need, who are encouraged to request assistance by emailing or by calling 612.405.8321.

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