As we get one step closer to a smooth reopening in the fall, many students and Middletown community members are concerned for what this sudden influx people might mean for the hygiene and safety of the Middletown community – much of which comes from backgrounds of more modest means than Wesleyan students, as I’m sure you understand.
In this regard, myself and other Wesleyan students have been collaborating with community members and institutions – like the North End Action Team, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. – to provide material services and fundraise for the most vulnerable people in Middletown at this time. We set up a Direct Cash Assistance Fund with the purpose of supporting the neediest without means testing and with no questions asked. Since its inception, we have raised over $20,000 and were able to send checks to nearly 100 families over the last month. As President Roth has blogged and promoted the fundraiser, I hope you can do so as well, and implore the Wesleyan community to support their neighbors that have taken such good care of us throughout all these years.
Below is the link to our fundraiser: