DVC COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

The Diablo Valley College (DVC) COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund has been created to help DVC students who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. By donating to this Fund, you can help students regain stability in the wake of this unprecedented event.

DVC food pantryTogether, we can help students purchase laptops, gain access to wifi, avoid eviction or hunger, and address other critical needs to stay safe, keep healthy, and continue their education.

Ultimately, successful DVC students return these investments by bolstering our workforce and improving our Contra Costa County community.


Emergency grant requests

Basic NeedsIn a typical academic year, the Foundation responds to emergency grant requests for food, rent/housing, utilities, childcare, transportation, and medicine. But, as we know, we are no longer in an ordinary academic year. Students have lost their jobs or had their hours dramatically reduced and their already precarious, at best, financial situation has gone over the precipice. Add to this, the need for a computer and internet access, which DVC students cannot afford in the “best of times” and the recipe for students struggling with the digital divide and being left behind is complete. This challenging life situation will, in all likelihood, lead DVC students to drop out of college.

What you can do to help

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by August 31, 2020, in order to provide a financial support lifeline to our students. Here are examples of what your generous donation could mean for our struggling students:

  • $25 could help pay a phone bill
  • $75 could help provide a Clipper card
  • $100 could help DVC pantry purchase food for one week for a student and their family
  • $250 could help pay for childcare for students who are working in essential service businesses
  • $500 could help purchase a computer and home internet access
  • $1000 could help with rent

Help our dedicated students stay-the-course, achieve their educational goals and live their dream.


For questions, contact James Blair, JD, Director of College Advancement, at jblair@dvc.edu or (925) 639-5924.