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Cecilia Rawlins Fund

News from the Cecilia Rawlins Fund


Welcome back, Wiley Families! The Cecilia Rawlins Fund (CRF) supports Wiley students and families in need by providing food through the BackPack Buddies program, funds for one-time rent assistance, utility bill payment, gas cards, and assistance moving from temporary to permanent housing.


The BackPack Buddies program is funded by CRF in partnership with Inter-faith Food Shuttle. Every Friday, backpacks filled with balanced meals are sent home to students and their families who are at risk of hunger. Last year, CRF supported a record-high number of Wiley students in this program, as well as providing food assistance over holidays and breaks and addressing critical needs such as helping families move into permanent housing. CRF would not be able to provide this support without the generous donations of our Wiley and extended community.


Please consider supporting members of our own Wiley community in 2022-23. The cost to sponsor a BackPack Buddy for the school year is $162.50, and every donation helps. To donate, click here or visit our website, and click on donate. If you are interested in getting involved in this important work, we are seeking new board members to join us this year. We are particularly in need of board members with fundraising or accounting experience, though we welcome anyone who wants to get involved! Please email if you are interested.