It’s been a tough few weeks. The coronavirus outbreak has us worried about our friends, family, co-workers, and people we don’t even know. While folks all over have been impacted by the pandemic, we’re seeing millions of service and hourly workers left without jobs as their restaurants and businesses close down. Tipped and hourly workers are disproportionately affected, and many of these workers are low-income, women, people of color, undocumented, and generally lacking resources.
While the Families First Act was a good start for addressing the outbreak, it doesn’t offer solutions for the most vulnerable workers. This crisis has rapidly shone a light on some of our biggest issues -- including racial justice, income inequality, immigration, and healthcare -- and it will likely deepen these inequities if we don’t act now to help those most in need.
In the last few days, communities rallied together to create relief funds and resources for workers, and we’d like to offer our support as a movement to these groups doing important work. Below we’ve listed a few organizations who’re making a difference, and if you are able, we’d encourage you to donate directly to them, or to organizations in your community. And if you’re being impacted, we hope these are resources that may be able to help you.
- The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance to restaurant industry workers who’re in dire need of support. They’ve also created an invaluable trove of resources for workers who’ve been directly impacted by the mass restaurant closings. You can donate by clicking here.
- One Fair Wage has created an emergency assistance fund for tipped and service workers -- meaning restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, etc. Donate now by clicking here.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance created a coronavirus care fund that provides assistance to domestic workers so that they can stay home and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to donate.
- Or if you’re looking for something local, The Town Hall Project developed a searchable map of dozens of mutual aid funds that are supporting workers and communities in need during the outbreak. Click here to find a local mutual aid fund to support. Or submit yours to the list!
- As Asian American communities are targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus (due in large part to Trump’s racist rhetoric), we’re asking that Indivisibles donate to Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Click here to donate.
We know this moment can feel overwhelming for a lot of Indivisibles, especially when we’re social distancing and staying inside. Please know that we’re here to support you in any way we can, and as always, feel free to reach out.