COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Matching Gift Challenge 2020-7

Help Suffolk County Community College raise $50,000 by 7/1/20 to get matching funds from the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Suffolk County Community College is concerned for the welfare of our students and their families during this unprecedented health crisis.  Many students do not have access to computers to facilitate distance learning and many more have been furloughed from their jobs or are facing unemployment.  And some are experiencing a health crisis as the coronavirus impacts our community.

The Suffolk Community College Foundation has therefore established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide grants to assist students experiencing a critical financial hardship that threatens their continued enrollment as a result of the coronavirus.

These grants are available thanks to the generosity of the college community and our Foundation’s generous donors.  If you would like to join us in helping to support students through this difficult time, please make a gift today

Gifts to the Suffolk Community College Foundation support critical needs and innovative programs at Suffolk County Community College, all of which directly benefit students. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Suffolk County Community College Students Share

‘I am currently jobless because of this pandemic and I have extreme family issues going on…Please if you can help me out I would really appreciate it . Thank You.’

‘I lost my job as a waitress 2 weeks ago due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. I am waiting for unemployment to come through, but I am only getting $109/week.’

‘Unfortunately with everything going on... my job has closed. I have a mortgage, a car payment, utility bills and a child…I cannot afford to pay for a textbook that is over $225. I am sure I am not the only one in this predicament. Please let me know what will happen’

If you are a Suffolk County Community College student facing critical financial strain that threatens your enrollment or know of a student in this situation, please reach the application by following this link.


Suffolk County Community College Donors, Faculty, Alumni, Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees Respond

“Let this be a moment in history where we see the very best in each other and in humanity. Be optimistic. We will prevail!”

“Faculty are here to support you in your time of need. Good luck as we all navigate this troubling time. Together we will all persevere.”

“Suffolk students are strong and amazing! You can do this during this difficult time - just hang in there for today for a brighter future tomorrow.”

“Hopefully these funds will assist deserving students during this difficult time. I am proud to be part of this Foundation board.”

“Dear Students, I wish you much health and prompt recuperation for those affected. We are in this together and Suffolk County Community College Trustees are here for you. Be well and be safe.”

“I just turned 10 and wanted to donate some of my birthday money for people with the Coronavirus. My mom grew up in Brentwood and went to your college so I hope it helps someone from there.”

National Grid's $10,000 Donation to College's Emergency Covid-19 Fund Supports Students in Time of Need

National Grid

L to R: National Grid’s Belinda Pagdanganan who is also a Suffolk County Community College Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Community College Foundation; Sylvia A. Diaz, PhD, LMSW, the Foundation’s executive director and Keith Rooney, National Grid’s Director of Customer and Community Management for Downstate, New York.


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Economic Opportunity Council Emergency Assistance (Suffolk County Residents)

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New York State COVID Rent Relief Program

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. For more information Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0381 or email at



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