Nami recently heard about some Stanford students in need of assistance due to Stanford closing for the novel coronavirus. She is trying to help, but quickly became overwhelmed. She asked me to post this for her. If you are interested in helping please contact her, or leave a comment with how she can contact you. Thank you for your support!
Dear YiY Community,
I put myself in the list of community members who are willing to help Stanford students who are being kicked out of their campus housing due to the school closure. Since I made my email address available yesterday morning, I have been inundated with requests for financial assistance from students. I started sending money mostly via Venmo but quickly realized that this is starting to become more than a few donations.
I was wondering some of you could offer help by providing direct financial assistance to these students. Here are what I’m thinking:
– If you are willing to send money (usually via Venmo or PayPal) to these students, I can get you in touch with them.
– Alternatively, if you are willing to let me distribute the money, you can send me whatever you are willing to contribute to my Venmo account, and I can send money to the students based on how much I am able to collect and contribute myself.
Students are being asked to get out of their campus housing by Wednesday. They are being asked to apply if they need accommodations, but many of them are being denied for their requests. Based on the emails I received so far, many of them are First Generation, Low Income students or international students who are on scholarship. Many of them said they lost their on-campus job and lost means to support themselves.
I suspect I will be getting more requests as they hear back from the school about their requests, and after this coming Wednesday they will have somewhat settled down to whatever arrangement they manage to find. Many of them seem to go back to their family but still need to support themselves because their families do not have means to do so.
I realize this sounds like one of those internet scams that asks for money via email, but this list was set up by a Stanford student and all the email for the students have been verified as legitimate. I can provide additional information if you want to be sure this is a legitimate exercise.
Please let me know if you can help. If you are willing to send me money for this cause, my Venmo is @Nami-Turner-1
Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!