In response to the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, General Motors is helping communities across the country, investing $2.65 million in 40 non-profits and supporting employee volunteer and donation efforts.
Included in these efforts is a $1 million grant to the DonorsChoose Keep Kids Learning plan, which provides $1,000 credits to 1,000 teachers in high-need school districts to help send basic resources like books, pencils, notebooks, food and cleaning supplies to students’ homes.
“When schools began closing last month, we surveyed over 4,000 teachers from the country’s highest-need districts and found that nearly 70 percent of their students lack resources to learn at home,” said Charles Best, DonorsChoose founder and CEO.
“The unfortunate reality is, when students cannot go to school, the resources available in their homes are going to shape their education, which means coronavirus threatens to widen educational inequity. We’re grateful for General Motors’ support of our Keep Kids Learning program, to help teachers prepare their students to continue learning at home,” Best said.
An additional $1.65 million in grant funding is going to GM facility communities across the country. Each facility dedicates funds to non-profits providing critical services to their communities such as food and housing assistance, small business support and at-home learning resources for parents, teachers and students.
More than 2,100 GM employees have also volunteered to join the effort:
- 931 salaried employees have volunteered to help manufacture and deliver critical PPE from GM’s Warren, Michigan facility to area hospitals.
- 178 employees have donated more than $14,000 to support United Way’s local COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds and the DonorsChoose Keep Kids Learning
- 1,051 employees and their friends and families have pledged to the American Red Cross SleevesUp campaign.
“We are working hard to make sure that everyone – from frontline and emergency response teams to teachers and families – has the resources they need to navigate this uncertain time,” Mark Reuss M President said.
About the DonorsChoose Keep Kids Learning
In the initial phase of Keep Kids Learning , DonorsChoose is reaching out to teachers who have previously used DonorsChoose at schools where nearly all students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, the national standard for measuring need within a school community. Eligible teachers receive $1,000 in funding credits to spend on educational resources to ship to their students’ homes. DonorsChoose is contacting teachers and issuing credits on a rolling basis as funds become available. To date, more than 2,200 teachers have participated in the program. The organization is also working to expand at-home learning support to more teachers and students, offering donors the chance to give to a specific teacher or community, similar to the traditional DonorsChoose model.