COVID-19 Relief Fund


Food distribution 8 March 20, 2020, cropped againThe Mary Lyon Foundation stands ready—as we always have been—to support our schools, students and families during challenging times. To continue doing so in this time of unprecedented need resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need your support.

We are working to raise $40,000 for the Mary Lyon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund to ensure we have the aid available to continue assisting our teachers and most vulnerable families and students. Our goal is to secure sufficient funding so we can help meet the needs in our local schools for the long run, as we know there will be a prolonged impact on teaching and learning due to the coronavirus.

We anticipate that the Relief Fund will allow us to champion important causes, including but not limited to:

  • Providing resources to teachers to ensure that all students have the tools needed to learn from home
  • Continuing to fund innovative ideas for delivering curriculum, educational services, and innovative learning during the pandemic and after it has passed
  • Continuing to ensure families have access to healthy food through school meals and food distribution
  • Supporting families in need with shopping for back-to-school clothing, eyeglasses, footwear and school supplies

Thanks to a generous group of donors, we already have commitments of $20,000 for this fund, including gifts from the Shelburne Falls Academy Fund, Dena Willmore and Martha Thurber, the Bromley Charitable Trust, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and an anonymous donor.  These donors’ gifts will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every donation we receive.

Please DONATE NOW to keep our work going strong by giving  to our COVID-19 Relief Fund or by  sending a check, made payable to Mary Lyon Foundation, and mail it to PO Box 184, Shelburne Falls, MA  01370. Please specify COVID-19 Relief Fund in the memo section of your donation.


(the link allows you to use Pay Pal or a Debit or Credit Card)

Thank You!

Banner image description: Bags of food awaiting distribution at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Stephen Pelletier.