Marshallese Covid-19 Response Fund

Marshallese community members across the United States are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

They are especially vulnerable to coronavirus, in part, because the community has one of the highest diabetes rates in the world. Having relocated to the United States since the 1980s as Compact of Free Association migrants, Marshallese do not qualify for Medicaid and most have no health insurance. 

Additionally, many Marshallese are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic as line workers in meatpacking plants across the country. Springdale, Arkansas, which is home to approximately 10,000 Marshallese residents, is also the epicenter of industrialized poultry processing, which employs hundreds of Marshallese workers.

In response to this pandemic, Marshallese community members and advocates in Springdale joined together to form a Covid-19 Response Task Force. Our nonprofit organization received a $10k grant to distribute healthy foods to Marshallese residents in northwest Arkansas, and as part of the Task Force, we are delivering food to 40+ families a week over a 4-week period. However, more is needed, not only locally, but by those who live in other regions of the state and country.

Help us provide more food and supplies, like diapers and thermometers, as well as assistance with internet access so children can do their homework, and to help with utility bills and healthcare costs for those who are sick and/or have lost income due to the pandemic in Arkansas, other parts of the Midwest, and in other states.

Visit the MEI website, our Facebook page, and that of the Task Force to learn about this unique Pacific Island culture and Marshallese community efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Kommool tata!  Thank you!


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Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 4 d
  • Jimmy Castillejo 
    • $25 
    • 14 d
  • Hannah McCollester 
    • $25 
    • 15 d
  • Cindy Cook  
    • $10 
    • 17 d
  • Sevin Gallo 
    • $50 
    • 17 d
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Organizer

April Brown 
Organizer
Springdale, AR
Marshallese Educational Initiative 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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