Madison College giving back to the community during coronavirus outbreak



The coronavirus has many of us concerned about our health, the economy and the future in general. That's why it's important we continue to help each other through this difficult and unprecedented time.

Madison College is reaching out to help the community. It recently lent a dozen lifesaving ventilators to area hospitals and clinics and donated more than 46,000 gloves, 2,000 face masks/shields and 245 gowns to those in need.

"The coronavirus outbreak has created uncertainty in all of our lives," said Dr. Kendricks Hooker, dean of Health Education at Madison College. "In light of all the uncertainty, Madison College will be certain to fulfill its commitment to students and our communities to help in any way that we can."

The college also donated more than 3,700 pounds of food to the River Food Pantry in Madison. Food Service contributions and the college's student food pantries made up a large portion of the donation, which included 75 pounds of cheese from the Culinary Arts program and more than 20 pounds of peanut brittle and other candy from the Baking and Decorative Arts program.

Madison College has also created a student emergency support fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will help students who are suffering from job loss, temporary lay-off, medical expenses, housing-related expenses and food insecurity.