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February 28, 2024

Gavilan’s Hollister site director makes masks to raise funds

Courtesy of Jan Janes of Gavilan College:

Judy Rodriguez, Site Director for the Hollister campus, turned to her sewing machine when the shelter in place order was announced.

“I felt I had a little more free time,” said Rodriguez. “I wanted to use my talent of sewing to help others stay safe.”

Her sewing project took on an added dimension, as she decided to sell the masks and contribute the money to the Gavilan’s student emergency fund.

“So many of our students are struggling right now,” she said. Many have lost their jobs and face the pressure of COVID-19 and sheltering in place.

The masks have sports themes and colorful patterns.

“I’ve worked for Gavilan for 23 years,” said Rodriguez. “It makes me happy to work for a college that cares so much about students. We put our students first and go the extra mile.”

Gavilan has disbursed almost $40,000 to students from the emergency fund, sending $100 VISA cards or $100 checks to students who applied.

After receiving aid, one student wrote,”Thank you. Blessings! I really appreciate it, nobody in my house is working because of COVID-19. It will help a lot. I was unable to pay my rent, and I am trying to negotiate the other utility bills.”

Email Judy Rodriguez for information about how you can purchase a mask. Visit the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund page to make a direct donation.