Meet Tom

At 43 and a single father or two, Tom was so happy to finally be entering his last semester at a local community college. On graduation he'd be starting his studies at the University of Albany and knew with these degrees in hand he'd not just have a job, but a career. Then the home he was renting entered into foreclosure and he was told he had to move - immediately. Looking for affordable alternatives, the only place he could find was such a distance from his job and the campus that he didn't know how he'd continue to get to his classes after work. 

Thanks to help from the student emergency fund, Tom was able to find an affordable place to live near his job, his children's school and college campus. The fund also helped him to relocate quickly. Tom said if the fund wasn't there he wouldn't have be on his way to graduation and in a better position to support his family. 

Make your gift today to help Tom and students like him have the helping hand they need to complete their education. Your gift will be matched this spring 2020 semester, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Go to


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