April 26, 2020 4:27PM
I fostered a habit of donating some of my savings to charities during my birthday. This year I'm doing this a little early to make sure that my contributions can be put to good use in supporting frontline workers and vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.
On March 16 I started a 30-day, 100-rep burpee regimen as part of my home workout routine so that I can stay in shape. To motivate myself, I decided that I would try to save $100.00 per 100 burpees, with the intention of donating those. As of this writing I had saved about $3500.00, with an additional $500.00 from how much I've done making cooking my own meals.
As The Atlantic's Joe Pinsker points out in "The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two" (one among many articles out there), communities will experience COVID-19 very differently based on socioeconomic factors. These factors have historically been determined among racial and class lines, and contribute to the lower quality of health and education for minority groups. This is further compounded when someone needs to put themselves at risk in order to make money - these are often lower-income essential workers who are our harvesting our food, helping stock groceries, and making deliveries. I would highly recommend reading through the article as it goes in more depth than I can.
I recognize my privilege to be able to shelter-in-place and have some financial security. I want to be able to contribute and help others who may not have the resources as I. This seems to be something that I can be actionable on.
Here's where my money is going towards. All decisions were made with a focus of helping people first. Admittedly it's not much, but maybe I can do more in the future. Specifically, I would like to follow-up on charities outside of the United States after my birthday.
All descriptions taken from their websites. I highly encourage checking them out for more details.
- $500.00 to The Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund: We are launching the Immigrant Safety Fund to provide immediate resources and financial support so excluded workers can take care of themselves and their families at home. Without paid sick time leave, remote work capability, health care, access to jobs, and financial security, migrants are uniquely vulnerable, and the support we collectively muster for the Immigrant Safety Fund might be the only lifeline for thousands of people most at risk in our communities.
- $500.00 to Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA)'s COVID19 First Responder to Native Reservations: More and more tribes have travel restrictions in place, such as Rosebud, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, Northern Cheyenne and Navajo to name a few. Yet, the tribes we serve are allowing PWNA to continue its critical deliveries as an essential service and first responder for the reservations — even the tribes with travel restrictions.
- $250.00 to The National Domestic Workers Alliance’ Coronavirus Care Fund: The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF) provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance from the Fund is to help you stay home and stay safe during the pandemic.
- $500.00 to Donate PPE: A surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States is straining the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Let’s do our part to provide our healthcare heroes with the equipment they need to fight COVID-19.
- $250.00 to One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Please help!
- $500.00 to Coalition for the Homeless: While the current COVID-19 outbreak in NYC is dramatically impacting the lives of every person in our city, please remember that homeless New Yorkers are particularly vulnerable, as they have much higher rates of serious underlying health problems, generally lack access to quality health care, and have no way to self-quarantine. The Coalition for the Homeless is doing all in our power to ensure that our neighbors without homes get the help and protection they need during this crisis.
- $250.00 to HealthWell Foundation: When health insurance is not enough, we’re here to help — with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for supplies, supplements, surgeries and more. We offer financial assistance through a number of Disease Funds, with new funds opening every year, so you can get the care you need.
- $250.00 to RIP Medical Debt: RIP Medical Debt empowers donors to forgive billions in oppressive medical debt. We are dedicated to removing the burden of medical debt for individuals and families and veterans across America.
- $250.00 to The Artist Relief Fund: To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
- $250.00 to Global Health and Development Fund: The Global Health and Development Fund aims to make grants that improve the health or economic empowerment of people around the world as effectively as possible.
- $500.00 to Asian American Legal Defense Fund: The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.