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FTCC Employee Benefits Specialist, Brenda Nightingale and her son showing their support for the Student Relief Fund.

The Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation is urging people to give to a relief fund that will help FTCC students adversely affected by COVID-19.

Since March 1, the foundation has distributed more than $32,000 to FTCC students faced with emergency needs resulting from the coronavirus crisis, exhausting two funding sources.

As such, a new fundraising effort is underway so the foundation can continue to help students with such basic emergency needs as food, rent, utilities and medicine.

The foundation is urging people to give by or on Giving Tuesday – May 5 – a worldwide event aimed at funding nonprofits and charities that are helping people adversely affected by the coronavirus. Donations will be accepted at any point after May 5 as well.

“We are so pleased with the response to our Trojan Strong campaign from faculty, staff, students, and the community,” said Sandy Ammons, executive director of the FTCC Foundation. “Giving Tuesday is a day for us to come together to support our students and our college. We encourage everyone to make a donation on May 5 to the FTCC Foundation as well as to other nonprofits they support.”

Anyone giving at least $20 to FTCC’s student relief fund is eligible to receive an FTCC “Trojan Strong” T-shirt. Tax-deductible gifts may be made at this link – – or by calling 910-678-0094 or 910-678-8441.

As part of the campaign, FTCC has released a video to raise money to help students pushed into financial chaos because of the pandemic. The video also salutes faculty and staff for working to keep students on track scholastically throughout the coronavirus crisis and students for pursuing their goals despite the unprecedented challenges. The video may be viewed at this link.

FTCC moved most of its classes online in mid-March and most students should be able to complete their spring courses on time or by the end of May. The College offers an affordable, convenient and high-quality education in a wide variety of programs and for a wide range of students, including those aiming to transition into four-year college programs and those who want to learn a high-demand skill and move straight into the workforce.

Registration for summer and fall courses is underway.

For more FTCC Foundation’s Trojan Strong photos click here.