Eastern Kentucky Emergency COVID Relief Fund

As businesses in eastern Kentucky close their doors to address risks posed by COVID-19, many members of our community are facing hardship through loss of income or additional work hazards, often coupled with lack of paid sick leave, health insurance, and sufficient savings. 

We will be sending donations directly to individuals who are in emergency need of assistance, based on information received via a donation request form . 

Due to an influx of relief requests and limited funds, we have made the difficult decision to close the EKY Mutual Aid request form at this time. There are over 50 families currently on the waiting list - and we are working hard to fulfill those requests before taking in any new requests. 

How the fund works
This fund is a mutual aid fund, meaning anyone can request relief and we will work to ensure that 100% of donations received will be distributed as quickly, thoroughly, and indiscriminately as possible. Funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis until all money has been given out.

This fund is not organized by a private foundation, charity, or registered nonprofit organization, but by a group of people who care about their community and want to do what they can to support it during this difficult time. 

Our campaign is designated as a Daily Withdrawal Fund, which means the amount received each day is deposited directly into our fundraiser account within 2-5 days. We will then withdraw the funds from our account and immediately distribute them to individuals via Paypal or Venmo. Presently, we are sending up to $200 to each request, in the order that they are received. We will share screenshots of money coming in and out of the account if requested. 

Our team
This fund is organized by a group of individuals in eastern Kentucky. We are students, parents, non-profit employees, musicians, artists, gig-workers, and community members based in eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. 

We wanted to empower our community to come together and help each other out. The team includes: 

Mikaela Curry, Pike County, KY 
Ricki Draper, Letcher County, KY 
Larah Helayne, Montgomery County, KY

If you have any questions, or would like to join our team, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Organizer and beneficiary

EKY Mutual Aid
Whitesburg, KY
Ricki Draper

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