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To find out if you can benefit from Fox Families Care’s programs and services, contact the FFC liaison at your child’s school (see the Contact Us tab for details).

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Education & Enrichment

Through scholarships, our goal is to help level the playing field for all students to be able to play, learn, and grow. We provide scholarships to assist high school seniors seeking higher education, to expand summer camp opportunities, and to support youth participation in sports, the arts, and other extracurricular activities.  Since its inception, Fox Families Care provided:

  • 78 scholarships giving opportunities for students to participate in different extracurricular activities

  • 14 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors pursuing higher education

  • 2 scholarships awarded to an A.W. Beattie Tech graduate to cover the cost of tools and equipment needed for their vocational training program

  • 394 scholarships allowing students to attend one of four local summer camps

  • Underwriting for the FCASD Freshman orientation in August 2022 & 2023, supporting inspirational anti-bullying speakers.

  • Hosted an anti-bullying speaker at DMS in February 2024

We also believe strongly in the proven importance of early childhood literacy. In 2022, Fox Families Care became the local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that mails high-quality books to children from birth to age five at no cost to participating families and no matter their family’s income. We are proud to work with the Imagination Library to help foster a love of reading among young children in the Fox Chapel area.  So far, 2,953 books have been distributed!

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Clothing & Supplies

Our goal is to remove obstacles to basic clothing and supplies - like winter coats and backpacks - that could keep a student from going to class because of shame or stigma. We also provide support for parents to create holiday magic for their children without worrying about the added financial pressure.

We've provided:

  • 2,017 gifts to kids in the community through our Angel Tree program

  • 1,275 gently used coats collected and distributed to families in need

  • 383 gift cards for families to purchase Halloween costumes

  • 702 backpacks distributed at the annual back-to-school event

  • 1984 new bedding items for families in need

Fox Families Care also provided funding to retrofit new spaces this year for the DMS Caring Closet, a companion program – the Foxes Burrow – at the high school, and a new Caring Closet at Head Start, a federally funded school program in Indiana township for families experiencing financial hardship. These spaces are set up like stores where students can shop with dignity for free clothes, shoes, school supplies, and personal hygiene products. 

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Food & Groceries

We know that food assistance can mean the difference between living in relative comfort and barely making ends meet. Fox Families Care helps our neighbors put food on the table and spend more on groceries than a limited budget would allow. Fox Families Care provided:

  • Funding for food at a community-building event in Sharpsburg

  • Funding to support the purchase of a community-free fridge, freezer, and pantry at Second Harvest to help fight hunger in Sharpsburg and the surrounding communities

  • 414 grocery store gift cards helping families offset the cost of Thanksgiving dinners at home

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Community Partner Initiatives and Emergency Grants

We have provided emergency assistance grants to help families regain stability when they're challenged by accidents, illness, loss of income, or other financial difficulties.

  • 37 emergency grants and 51 holiday grants to local families facing challenging financial situations

  • Funds to support SFWC's Give-a-Gift Holiday program

  • A grant to launch the "Gift of Giving" at DMS - a program for at-risk students to "shop" for their families for the holidays

  • Materials for DMS students to build "birthday boxes" during their Afternoon of Service in January 2024

  • Financial support to FCASD Unified Sports’ Polar Plunge fundraisers, to benefit inclusive, coed athletics for students with and without disabilities

Resource Referrals

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We strive to fulfill every request from our school partners on behalf of students and families with specific resource needs. Whether for eyeglasses,  transportation, prescription medication, and so much more, we’re here to make sure no child has to go without the things they need. Fox Families Care provided:

  • Funding to fulfill 229 individual requests from school counselors on behalf of students and families

  • 28 yearbooks for DMS and High School students who weren’t able to purchase them

  • 6 Kennywood tickets for middle school students who weren't able to purchase them

  • 8 prom tickets for High School Juniors and Seniors who weren’t able to purchase them

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