COVID-19 is impacting every one of us in some way – the global pandemic is unlike anything most of us have faced. But if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that Cyclones come together in times of need. So, it’s no surprise that many of Iowa State’s loyal and forever true alumni and friends have asked how they can help.
In recent days, university administrators – on our campus, and around the country – have had to make difficult decisions impacting students, faculty and staff. They are keeping the safety and health of all Cyclones foremost in mind as they seek to provide the planning, resources and assistance to continue an exceptional Iowa State educational experience.
Uncertain weeks and months may lie ahead, but what is certain is that many students will need extra support. Even under normal circumstances, students may live close to the edge financially; for some, not only is this new challenge overwhelming, it may mean falling short in completing an Iowa State education – or simply meeting everyday needs.
The Cyclone Strong Fund and ISU Food Pantry Support Fund are helping alleviate these unexpected challenges.
In March, the Cyclone Strong Fund was launched to enable Iowa State alumni and friends to support Cyclones in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this fund has provided crucial financial support for students, and will continue to fill various needs for on campus. Examples might include:
- Grant emergency aid to students experiencing financial hardship that may keep them from remaining enrolled, from paying their bills or rent to buying groceries
- Purchase additional reservable laptops and equipment for students and staff as face-to-face classes are replaced by online courses
- Serve additional, unforeseen priorities as they arise during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in any future crises
One of the largest areas of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ISU community has been food security – data shows that up to 25% of ISU students are currently experiencing food insecurity. The ISU Food Pantry Support Fund will help provide essential grocery items to students. SHOP, the on-campus food pantry that typically serves students, is currently closed, creating a need to address the economic challenges faced by students and their families. In late April, the Division of Student Affairs opened a new food pantry in the Union Drive Community Center, distributing fresh breads, produce, meat, dairy and self-stable products to up to 150 students daily. The impact has been tremendous, but for the food pantry to remain in operation and continue to serve the campus community, additional support is needed.
During this time, we send each of you the very best Cyclone wishes from the heart of campus. And we ask that, even as we all practice social distancing, we come together online to show our support. Please consider a gift today and help get the word out about this important effort.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you do for Iowa State. Together, we are #CycloneStrong.
To stay up-to-date on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow: https://web.iastate.edu/safety/updates/covid19
You can contribute by clicking on the “Make a Gift” button at the top of this page. If you have questions, or would like to discuss your gift with an ISU Foundation staff member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-8536. Checks can be made payable to ISU Foundation, noting Cyclone Strong Fund in the memo line, and mailed to:
PO Box 2230
Ames, IA 50010