Rihanna has announced that Jay-Shawn Z’s Carter Foundation will match $1 million in grants for COVID-19 response efforts, adding to the large donations already made by her Clara Lionel Foundation.
Undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, inmates, the elderly, and the homeless will all benefit from the $2 million donated by the two foundations to New York and Los Angeles.
To protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalized communities in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa for whom the full impact of the epidemic has yet to be seen, CLF last week awarded $5 million in funding to on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of the coronavirus response.
Multiple initiatives, such as those spearheaded by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the Fund for Public Schools, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the New York Immigration Coalition, would benefit from this latest infusion of emergency funds.
The money will be used especially for the following, as stated in the announcement:
Providing a safe place for children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders to spend the day, along with educational resources, food, and supplies;
Supplying shelters with educational resources for the more than 20,000 children and youth who are currently residing there; Offering virtual mental health support for parents.
Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for children and staff;
helping to fund the growth of meal delivery services for the elderly and emergency shelters serving the destitute;
Immigrants and undocumented employees would benefit from increased protections and access to emergency financial aid.
Campaigning for universal access to diagnostics and treatment in New York City, regardless of socioeconomic standing;
and Legal aid for vulnerable groups, such as protecting immigrant communities, fighting for the release of prisoners, and promoting civic participation and voting during the COVID-19 response period.
According to Justine Lucas, executive director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, “there are a number of populations that are especially vulnerable during this pandemic—those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly, and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders.” More than ever, it is crucial that we back cause that put the well-being and rights of these people first.
“In times of crisis it is vital that we come together as one community to guarantee that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs,” said Shawn Carter Foundation CEO and Co-Founder Gloria Carter. Love and action are the only antidotes to this pandemic.
CLF also announced today that it has decided to postpone this year’s Diamond Ball in order to focus on work around the COVID-19 response.
More than $14 million has been donated as a result of the annual September event, which benefits a wide variety of causes around the Caribbean.
The Clara Lionel Foundation was established in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, and it collaborates with local leaders and groups to develop new, effective methods for education and disaster relief. COVID-19 response work will continue at CLF, and online contributions can be made at any time.
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