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HMC Community Responds to Those in Need

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Throughout fall semester, numbers of positive COVID-19 cases fluctuated and continued to be higher than acceptable to allow in-person, residential higher education. Faculty and staff transitioned to an online format while continuing to support students and one another. In addition to the ongoing commitment of the faculty and staff to offer the highest quality education possible, including transitioning curricular and co-curricular activities for students, the HMC community pulled together to support the Employee Emergency Relief Fund that was established to provide tax-free, emergency assistance to furloughed employees. Within two weeks, contributions reached 85% of the $100,000 initial goal. As a result of the positive response from the HMC community, and given the need to extend furloughs into the spring semester, the fundraising goal was increased to $200,000 to expand the relief provided to furloughed employees to include health insurance subsidy and other emergency relief.

“My family wholeheartedly thanks you for your financial support, and many thanks to all those who contributed to this great cause. ” HMC STAFF MEMBER AND EERF RECIPIENT

How the EERF has Assisted Community Members

$177,000 in commitments from 115 donors through Aug. 2021. Approximately $150,000 available through late Jan. 2021.
$38,000 awarded to 30 furloughed staff as of mid-January 2021
$80,000 of health insurance subsidies (Sept. 2020– Jan. 2021)
$14,000 in loans to eligible furloughed F&M and Dining Services team members

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