Willits Rotary Club Establishes Student Debt Assistance Program to Encourage College Grads to Stay in the Town

The following is a press release issued by the Rotary Club of Willits:

Rotary Club of Willits member Joe Bratt brought to the club his concern about the higher cost of  education which has led to graduates leaving college with huge student loans. Added to this  problem is the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, lost jobs, added medical  costs, which will impact families for years to come. 

The club mirrored his concern and led to the formation of a committee to research the problems  that college graduates face when moving to Willits. The economic crisis, the high cost of  housing, and less competitive wages are perceived to be the most pressing problems. The Rotary  Club of Willits Student Debt Assistance Program (SDAP) was formed in August 2020. On the  committee are Willits Rotarians Joe Bratt, Jenny Senter, Holly Madrigal, Gerry Gonzales, and  Allisha Rigano. The committee developed an application and the criteria for choosing a Willits  area college and/or career technical school graduate. The goal of SDAP is to encourage local  college or career tech graduates, who are active in the community, to stay in the Willits area.  

Applications will be available December 10, 2020 and the deadline for the completed  applications is February 12, 2021.  

Preliminary funding for 2021 was donated by an anonymous donor for the 2021 program, but our  club welcomes donations to this fund so we can serve more Willits area residents in need of  student loan assistance. 

You can send checks, with a notation that they go to the “Willits SDAP account”. Rotary Club  of Willits is an IRS 501(c) (3) charitable foundation.  

**Please check out the new Internal Revenue Service special coronavirus tax provision for the  2020 tax year, that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying  charities. This provision expires at the end of 2020. 

To donate, please send checks to: Rotary Club of Willits, P.O. Box 787, Willits, CA 95490 . For applications, please send an email to:

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