Updates from COM Advancement
Thank you to all of our donors who generously supported our students during the year-end season of giving.
As in past years, all unrestricted donations were designated to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF).
This fund was created to provide a place for students to turn during a time of financial need. It supports some of our most vulnerable students who may be low-income, first-generation, single parents, or veterans. Many are working two or three jobs while pursuing their educational goals.
Bolinas Field Station Update
Plans Approved by the Marin County Planning Commission.
A major hurdle was cleared last month when the Commission approved the plans for the new Field Station in Bolinas. With the permits being issued, we are now positioned to proceed with the construction bidding process.
Once completed, the Field Station will be a one-of-a-kind facility for any community college in California. The Field Station will again offer an innovative learning environment that promotes social and environmental responsibility.
Mark your calendars for the groundbreaking on July 21st.
A big thank you to the Nancy P. & Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation.
The Robbins family has been a long-term supporter of COM’s student success by investing in such programs as Summer Bridge. When asked to support the rebuilding of the Field Station, they were eager to help by providing a $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge Grant which we completed in November. This challenge grant helped raise funds crucial to closing the $2.5 million funding gap.
Buck Family Fund at Marin Community Foundation (MCF) joined the list of supporters for the rebuilding of the Bolinas Field Station with a $200,000 grant. Their steadfast commitment to our community helps ensure the next generation is prepared to be better stewards of our environment and to create equitable opportunities in the natural sciences for a diverse community and our students.
A special shout-out to eight-year-old Chloe Barend. Chloe, a Bolinas resident, heard about the rebuilding of the Field Station in her science class. She was very excited about the opportunities for her and her fellow classmates to receive hands-on lessons about the natural world around them.
Chloe saved for several months the money raised from selling eggs and donated it to the Field Station’s campaign.
Thank you, Chloe!
We are almost there, thanks to the generosity and belief of community members in this life-changing project. To help us close the campaign, the Jay Pritzker Foundation will be matching dollar for dollar up to $250,000. Double your gift today!