2020 is the thirtieth anniversary for Upward Bound Study Center! We have so much to celebrate for the past 30 years. It has been a rewarding journey through many challenges over the years. Yet just like the rest of the world, none of the challenges has been bigger than the Coronavirus pandemic this year. However, with our amazing and dedicated staff and students, we are thankful that the center is rising to the challenge:
1. Rising to the challenge for the center - On the third day of the Stay-At-Home order announcement in March, the center switched all the After-School classes to our online platform. All classes have been taught without any interruption during the stay-at-home period, including the Evening Adult classes. With such a successful and smooth transition, the summer program was also conducted online. More students signed up for this summer program than last year.
2. Rising to the challenge for the students - One of the difficult challenges our immigrant students face is to develop a sense of belonging for this new home country. The Stay-At-Home order could easily become anoth- er obstacle to prevent them from engaging with the community. However, our students and parents are tak- ing an active role to become a good neighbor instead. They took up community caring projects that package and deliver groceries to seniors in locked down facilities, as well as hand-making masks, face shields and other health-related equipment and donating them to places of greatest need in the community.
3. Rising to the challenge for the donors - We are thankful for many donors who have been faithful support- ers of our ministry over the years. Our annual celebration has been an important fund-raising event for the center. However, due to the impact of the epidemic situation this year, our annual dinner was postponed and eventually cancelled. Instead of a traditional celebration dinner, we will now run a “30 Days for 30 Years” campaign and would like to challenge our faithful donors to raise $30,000 in 30 days, with a matching fund up to $30,000. During each day of the campaign, we will post pictures, videos, memories, statistics, and touching stories in our UBSC website, Facebook, Instagram and GoFundMe to share our fund-raising event’s progress and to celebrate together. We would like to invite our former dinner sponsors to continue sup- porting UBSC and this campaign starting on September 30, 2020. Your donations could be sent by checks or online during the campaign.
Thank you for your consideration of generous support so that we can continue our ministry of rising to the challenge.