Since March 2020, Together Rising has been focused on addressing nationwide and individual urgent needs arising from the pandemic. We are acting as virtual first responders for individuals and families in crisis. Together, we are funding hundreds of individual applications from families who need urgent help. We are supporting some of the most vulnerable groups, including heroic healthcare workers and youth aging out of foster care, by providing vital assistance.
As of the end of June, we have given $840,352.31 to assist individuals and families and we are continuing that work every day.
Helping individuals and families buy food and pay bills, $318,090.31
Each day, and for the foreseeable future, we are reviewing, vetting, and funding hundreds of individual applications from families who need urgent help with groceries, rent, utility bills, and vital supplies due to the devastation of job loss and furloughs arising from the crisis. As of the end of June, we have helped over 325 families during these heartbreaking times.
Connecting vulnerable immigrant families with housing, medical assistance, and basic emergency aid, $20,000.00, on 7/2/2020
The COVID-19 crisis has been particularly devastating for children and families engaged in immigration proceedings. In addition to the health threats of this time, these children and families are facing further restrictions of immigration policies, job losses, and severe economic hardship. To step in for these families, you deployed, through Together Rising, $20,000 to Safe Passage to assist their team of social workers and lawyers to serve as a safe harbor and family for their clients during the pandemic—immediately connecting them with housing, funding, therapeutic care, medical assistance, translation services, and basic emergency aid.
Investing in the Navajo Nation’s defense of their people, $105,262.00, on 5/15/2020
The Navajo Nation has more coronavirus cases per capita than any state in the US. Chronic underfunding, in violation of treaty obligations, has resulted in widespread structural, economic, and health injustices fueling the spread of the pandemic among these first citizens. In collaboration with and under the leadership of Navajo Nation leaders, you have funded $105,262 for masks, eye protection, gloves, PPE, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and other medical equipment to the Navajo Nation – supplied through our long-time collaborators at Direct Relief.
Funding a community organization supporting New York City mothers and young children, $35,000.00 on 4/30/2020
Community organizations that provide clothing for children, meals, a safe space to gather, advocacy and training, and community were shuttered by stay-at-home orders, as their needs only grew. We sent $35,000 to Nido de Esperanza so they can continue to serve mothers and young children in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, most of whom are immigrants sheltering in place in single bedrooms.
Buying Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers, $50,000.00 on 3/27/2020, $12,000.00 on 4/16/2020
Our healthcare workers are the heroes of our time. Many have not had the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to heal the sick and to protect themselves. Together, we sent Direct Relief $50,000 to provide PPE to the healthcare workers who are working to fight COVID-19 in under-resourced community health centers and free clinics.
Purchasing computers for under-resourced kids to access education during school closures, $25,000.00 on 4/10/2020
As the world adjusted to this pandemic, students were required to start distance learning. Not every kid has access to school provided equipment and not every family can provide that for their kids. We invested $25,000 through One Simple Wish for laptop equipment for foster children to continue education during this crisis and for young adults who have aged out of foster care and require the equipment to continue their education and employment.
Providing community support for youth in rural Alaska, $5,000.00 on 4/17/2020
We all know that youth are having an especially hard time not being able to be with their peers right now. We were honored to partner with Pride Foundation’s Crisis Community Care Fund to give a grant to Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) in rural Alaska so they can continue to provide community support for youth and families, with a specific focus on LGBTQ+ youth, by hosting virtual meet ups and continued case management.
Supporting separated families, $20,000.00 on 4/6/2020
On March 2, 2019, we accompanied 29 families across the US border to reclaim their children who were taken from them while trying to seek asylum. As these families were becoming self-sustaining, they too were hit with the effects of COVID-19, and many are now without work. We continue to support the families as they rebuild their lives together.
Feeding hungry children on the weekends, $250,000.00 on 3/17/2020
When this pandemic first hit, our community was heartbroken by the thought of children going hungry. Many schools are still feeding kids during the weekdays, but many kids still need support from other programs to eat on the weekends. Together, we sent $250,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit working to provide hunger-free weekends for kids across America. With our funds, they were able to make more than 83,750 bags of food a reality for thousands of vulnerable children nationwide.
Donations to our COVID-19 work are supporting families struggling to pay rent, pay bills, and buy groceries following job losses due to the pandemic.
If you need help to get through this time, please complete our application here. We are reviewing these applications as they come in, and will continue to fund needs throughout this crisis.
Thank you for continuing to show up during this difficult time. We are in this together.
5/15/2020 – Navajo Nation
5/9/2020 – Nido de Esperanza
5/6/2020 – You’ve shown up for 193 families so far!
5/4/2020 – We are all in need.
4/23/2020 – Thank you for helping families during COVID-19
4/15/2020 – Connecting during COVID-19
4/10/2020 – You are lifting burdens!
3/30/2020 – We were made for such a time as this.
3/27/2020 – You’re sending PPE to healthcare workers
3/17/2020 – You are helping feed children