Earlier this month, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation had already made substantial donations to coronavirus relief. Today again, they announced that an additional $1 Million in grants towards COVID-19 response efforts would match with Jay-Z‘s Shawn Carter Foundation. Hence, the funds will be totaling a combined $2 million from both foundations. The funds, therefore, will support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, likewise, for the support of the elderly and homeless population in New York City and Los Angeles.
Moreover, the $5 million in grants donated by CLF earlier was primarily for on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response to protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalized communities in the United States, Caribbean, and in Africa for whom the full impact of the pandemic is still to come. However, this new set of emergency funds will support a variety of efforts led by organizations, including the Mayor’s Fund for LA, Fund for Public Schools, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the NYC Immigration Coalition.
Furthermore, the funds from the two organizations will assist efforts to provide free tests for all New Yorkers regardless of legal residence status. Also, it is to ensure that daycare workers and their respective facilities meet CDC guidelines to care for healthcare officials and first responders’ children. Alongside keeping in line with young kids in shelters, the funds will be allocated to providing materials to keep up with studies and “virtual mental health support” for parents in those shelters.
“In times of crisis, it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition, and education,” said Gloria Carter, SCF’s CEO, and co-founder. “The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.” She added.
On the other hand, Justine Lucas, the Executive Director of the CLF, said: “There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic – those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders.” “Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals,” she added.
Rihanna shared the news to her over 80 million Instagram followers this afternoon, urging her fans and the public to join them in the movement.
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#PullUp @claralionelfdn ・・・ A huge thank you to JAY-Z’s @shawncartersf for joining us in giving a combined $2 million to the #MayorsFundforLA #FundforPublicSchools @aclu_nationwide & @thenyic for COVID-19 response in support of undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in the United States.