Helping those who need it most

By Steph Sterner

Save the date for Stuck at home? Unemployed or extremely reduced hours at work due to the Corona Virus? Below is a list of organizations that are providing some financial relief. We can get by with a little help from our friends.

Meals on Wheels: Delivers prepared food to seniors all across the country. This is especially important in the pandemic, as seniors are at high risk, and limiting their need to go to the grocery store by delivering these meals is a critical service.

No Kid Hungry: Makes sure that children get the food they need, especially since schools are closed across the country. Their service is especially important as families who lose their jobs need to keep their kids fed.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: Provides direct financial support to restaurant workers who are out of work or have reduced hours because of the pandemic. They are also supporting community organizations of local workers and providing loans to restaurants to re-open when it is safe.

National Domestic Workers Alliance:  Gives financial support to in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners who have to stay home and not work in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: gives funds directly to service workers affected by the pandemic, including restaurant, salon, airport, rideshare, and gig economy workers who find themselves out of work or without customers.

These five groups cover a large section of the problems that we are immediately facing as the health crisis creates an economic crisis. Click here for a list of area food pantries, their hours and addresses: Food Pantries March 16-30

Steph Sterner is a CVUU member, a Social Justice Committee member and  a member of the Poor People’s Campaign.