OUSD & Oakland Public Education Fund Create Covid-19 Rapid Relief Fund; Ed Fund Secures $400,000 Donation

Oakland, CA — The Oakland Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) and Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) have launched a Covid-19 Rapid Relief Fund to support vulnerable Oakland students and families. Serving almost 37,000 students, the Ed Fund and OUSD are committed to doing all they can to provide continuity of education and provision of basic needs and services during this challenging and uncertain time. 

“Our Rapid Relief Fund plans to raise more than $1.4 million in the coming weeks to provide direct financial support to vulnerable families,” said Alexandria Medina, Interim Executive Director for the Oakland Ed Fund. “Donations will also be used to purchase healthy food for students, provide distance learning materials, and ensure school facilities are safe for when students return.”

In an unprecedented action by the Ed Fund Board of Directors and by unanimous vote, the Oakland Public Education Fund has pledged $400,000 to the Relief Fund. This pledge is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor through the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Foundation.

“This grant represents deeply-held Jewish values around giving in times of great need such as this one”, says Sue Reinhold, Managing Director of Philanthropy, Jewish Community Endowment Foundation. “We are pleased to help facilitate this grant from our anonymous donor, and help the Oakland Public Education Fund support so many Oakland kids and their families.”

“OUSD is extremely grateful for our partnership with the Oakland Public Education Fund,” said OUSD Chief of Staff, Curtiss Sarikey. “Through this challenging time, we are seeing extraordinary acts of generosity and courage. We could not be more humbled by and thankful for such an act by this donor, and the support for our students and families from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Oakland Public Education Fund. We deeply appreciate the Ed Fund for approving this single largest gift to the Relief Fund in the amount of $400,000. This remarkable donation will be put to immediate use to provide direct assistance to our most vulnerable students and their families, as well as support OUSD’s critical food distribution program and closing the digital divide for distance learning so that all students have the opportunity to stay engaged with their education.”

Community members, businesses, and philanthropic organizations are encouraged to contribute and learn more at www.oaklandedfund.org or by texting “Oakland” to 31996.
About the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community, and develop innovative strategies that result in deep and lasting impact locally and around the world. www.jewishfed.org

About the Oakland Public Education Fund

The Oakland Public Education Fund (“the Ed Fund”) leads the development and management of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. Learn more at www.oaklandedfund.org
About the Oakland Unified School DistrictIn California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 83 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success. 

To learn more about OUSD’s Full Service Community District focused on academic achievement while serving the whole child in safe schools, please visit OUSD.org and follow us @OUSDnews.
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