Our College is looking for YOUR support as we help Jabs students affected by COVID-19 make ends meet!
A little goes a long way - your small donation could make a big impact on a Jabs student:
- Gas Card: $50 covers 1-2 weeks depending on MPG (Big Sky --> Bozeman = 44 miles, one-way. Gas estimated at $2.20/gal)
- Meal Pass Card: $75 covers 5-6 meals at Rendezvous Dining Pavilion
- Textbooks: $150/book (Estimated $750 for whole semester)
- Rent Assistance: $500 ($1000-$1500/mo average rent for a 1-2 bedroom apt)
- Prepaid Visa Card: $100 towards assistance with utilities (electric, heating, water, garbage, internet)
Jabs students are a resilient and hardworking bunch, but they aren’t immune to the hardship we’ve seen across the country. Our students have lost family members, missed out on job opportunities & valuable internships, and experienced housing and food insecurity. But they still showed up to class and did their best to succeed, so we decided to show up for them! We started to help where we could – a gas card, a meal pass, loaning a laptop… but we want to do more. The College feels that a dedicated fund could make a huge difference. It’s clear - students who are worried about money are not as likely to succeed in the classroom. Can you imagine writing a paper or studying for a test when you’re hungry and worried about where you will be living next month? We want to help and hopefully you do too.
Andrew Dehnke, a junior studying business management, experienced this struggle first-hand. When COVID hit the spring of 2020, he lost his job within 24 hours. With limited resources and no luck in the job market, he had to resort to the food bank and needed assistance on a monthly basis to pay for living expenses. He shared that it was one of the hardest obstacles he had to overcome since he takes great pride in paying his way through school and working full-time.
Andrew shared his struggles with the Jabs Office of Student Services, and our staff there found ways to assist him the best they could. He says that he cannot thank us enough for the support that he received and has been encouraging other students who are struggling to reach out. Thankfully, he has shared that he was able to find full-time work over the summer and continues to work while going to school.
Andrew is not the first or last student in our college who will need help. We’ve also seen our students:
- Stocking up on our free snacks due to food insecurity
- Missing classes because they couldn’t afford the gas money to commute to campus
- Taking on additional work to pay for their bills
- Falling behind in class because their technology failed them mid-semester
- Selling their belongings to make ends meet
As COVID continues to impact our students in Jabs, we want to continue to make an impact as well. Thank you for stepping up and helping us support our students in their time of need. We are all in this together!