COVID-19 Relief Fund for Boston Immigrant Families

There's no sugar coating it: Coronavirus / COVID-19 is a massive and unprecedented global crisis. The outbreak will continue to wreak havoc on the world's population for an unknown period of time. Nobody will come away from this experience untouched. We're all suffering - whether it be from uncertainty, anxiety, illness, income loss, isolation - we're all in this together in some way. 

One of the more distressing facts highlighted by this outbreak is that in times of emergency, the most vulnerable populations in our society are left with even less resources than before. In Boston and other cities across the nation, these vulnerable communities include large populations of low-income immigrants and/or families of color. In an attempt to combat COVID-19's devastation of Boston communities, two local non-profit organizations - Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) and BeHeard.world - have joined together to fundraise $20,000+, which will go directly to immigrant families who are in the most dire need of support. 

Here are some quick stats to illustrate the need:
1. As of 2017, Massachusetts has been home to nearly 919,000 foreign-born residents of color.
2. 35% come from Latin America and the Caribbean.
3. Massachusetts’ most populous city, Boston, is home to the 3rd-largest Haitian-American population in the nation, as well as a Latin(x) population of over 111,000.
4. Well over 100,000 children from immigrant families in Massachusetts live in low-income households. 

It's difficult to know exactly how many immigrants in the Boston area are undocumented, but considering there are estimated to be 12 million undocumented people living in the U.S. today, it's probably safe to say that Boston hosts a fair portion of them. These people often live every day without guaranteed safe access to healthcare, steady income, housing, consistent meals, and most government services. They regularly are cut off from many rights and privileges that the average American citizen takes for granted. Take that anxiety and instability and throw a global pandemic like COVID-19 into the mix, and the results are catastrophic. That's why it's so important to do our part to make sure ALL our neighbors stay afloat during this time.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our campaign! Please help us meet our goal by donating whatever you are able and sharing this link widely. The more shares, the faster we can get the funds to those in our community who need it most. All donations are tax deductible, and all funds raised will go directly to the constituents mentioned after GoFundMe's transaction fees are withdrawn.


Sources for statistics:
1. bostonindicators.org
2. migrationpolicy.org
3. Center for Immigration Studies: cis.org

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  • Andrew Frederick 
    • $50 
    • 21 d
  • neshama franklin 
    • $50 
    • 24 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 24 d
  • Edna Etienne 
    • $300 
    • 24 d
  • Anna Myer 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Akela Franklin 
Organizer
Hyde Park, MA
Youth and Family Enrichment Services 
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