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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. In 2022, Fox Families Care provided:

  • 43 scholarships giving opportunities for students to participate in more than 20 different extracurricular activities;

  • 7 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors pursuing higher education;

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

  • 110 scholarships giving students the opportunity to attend one of four local summer camps; and

  • Underwriting for the FCASD Freshman orientation in August 2022, specifically supporting speaker Jesse Putkowski, Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and an improvisation group that helped students learn to cope with freshman year anxiety. 

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.

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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. In 2022, we provided:

  • Gifts for over 300+ kids through our Angel Tree program;

  • 106 backpacks and Second Harvest gift cards distributed at our annual back-to-school event;

  • 400+ gently-used coats collected and distributed to families in need;

  • 137 Target gift cards for families to purchase Halloween costumes; and

  • 822 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. In 2022, 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 helping fight hunger in Sharpsburg and the surrounding communities;

  • 67 grocery store gift cards helping families offset the cost of Thanksgiving dinners at home; and 

  • 160 Valentine’s treat bags in partnership with Backpack for Hunger.

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Emergency Grants

We provide emergency assistance grants to help families regain stability when they're challenged by accidents, illness, loss of income, or other financial difficulties. In 2022, Fox Families Care provided 10 emergency grants to local families in need.

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Resource Referrals

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. In 2022, Fox Families Care provided:

  • Funding to fulfill 52 individual requests from school counselors on behalf of students and families;

  • 26 yearbooks for DMS and High 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; and

  • Funded a grant to the FCASD Unified Sports’ Polar Plunge fundraiser, to benefit inclusive, coed athletics for students with and without disabilities.

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