Pandemics, like any disaster, strain individual, family, community and societal resources. COVID-19 is particularly dangerous for people who are older or have serious underlying medical conditions, but young and relatively healthy people are also vulnerable to infection and transmission. People in high-exposure jobs and those without sick leave, health insurance, savings, secure housing, affordable child care, social supports or other kinds of safety nets also face a variety of serious economic challenges.
Each of these organizations received $20,000 grants from our Disaster Relief Field of Interest Fund.
Central City Integrated Health (CCIH)
CCIH provides medical and behavioral health treatment and services to Detroit residents, in tandem with creating housing, employment, and community re-entry opportunities. CCIH has served central Detroit since 1972, providing health and wellness services to all people, regardless of their economic situation. In the heart of Detroit and in communities most susceptible to COVID-19, CCIH has pivoted their health care efforts to implement “emergency crisis” protocols, allowing them to effectively and safely identify, test and triage individuals potentially infected with COVID-19. They also launched a telemedicine platform for behavioral health and primary care services, ensuring those with health vulnerabilities continue care.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana
New Orleans, LA
Second Harvest Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes. Staff and volunteers distribute the equivalent of more than 32 million meals to 210,000+ people a year. Through food distribution programs, community kitchen meal service, nutrition education and public benefits assistance, they are helping to create pathways out of poverty.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to Cook County, IL, the most populated county in Illinois. The organization acts as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed, address the root causes of hunger and provide public benefits outreach and job training programs in order to overcome poverty.
The Dimock Center
The Dimock Center is a community clinic recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of comprehensive health and human services in the Roxbury neighborhood. The clinic provides over 19,000 people annually with convenient access to high quality, low cost health care and human services that might not otherwise be available to the communities served. COVID-19 services include the creation of an open-air testing structure located towards the front of our Health Center for community accessibility and increased capacity for testing in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
SCO Family of Services
New York City, NY
SCO Family of Services provides a comprehensive array of services and housing to children and families throughout New York City and Long Island, helping vulnerable New Yorkers to meet critical needs and build a strong foundation for their future. This community-based organization pivoted all their programming to remain open in order to serve 60,000 community members through health and wellbeing, housing, immediate needs and social services.