We do not want to lose a single family to financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The effects of this crisis on the economy have been swift and severe. We know some of our families have been hit especially hard. We are resolved to meet the challenges of the current crisis and we ask that you stand with us and do the same. We need all of you. It will take hope and perseverance to reach what we believe are our most important goals—keeping our community healthy and our school intact. This is no small task.
Tuition payments have a direct correlation to faculty payroll and to the school’s future viability. While we are adhering to tuition agreements, we want to work with every family impacted economically by COVID-19. We want to help our students remain at the school now, next year, and through graduation. Our hope is that this is a short-term crisis from which we will all recover. While tuition supports the bulk of our operating expenses (primarily salaries and buildings and grounds) another important way we fund our school is through giving. Traditionally, the Spring Benefit and the Annual Fund campaign have helped us meet our goals and bridge any funding gaps. But in this uncertain landscape, we are postponing these initiatives. While this is another financial blow, we are trying to see it as an opportunity.
In place of the Spring Benefit and Annual Fund campaign, we are launching the HVWS COVID-19 “Take Care” Emergency Assistance Fund. All donations received after March 30, 2020 will be allocated toward emergency tuition assistance. If you—or anyone you know who loves our school—have the means to support families who are vulnerable right now, your generosity will help see us through this crisis and keep our community whole. Thank you.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is a non-profit 501c3 (Tax ID #061310057), a contribution may be tax-deductible. Secure, online donations (one time or recurring) may be made by clicking the donate button above. Gifts may also be sent by check, payable to HVWS, to the address below.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School
40 Dodgingtown Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470