As our world faces unprecedented challenges with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the world is coming together by bringing governments, organizations from across industries sectors, and individuals together to help respond to this global outbreak. We here at Keeping Families Connected, Inc. need your help and donation more now than ever to help to ensure that the most vulnerable populations in our communities are cared for during this pandemic.
One of the main questions people ask Keeping Families Connected is, “How can I help?” It is a natural question. As I am writing this letter to you, over 214,000 people have died of coronavirus worldwide, including nearly 58,000 in the United States alone. Nearly 17 million people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance over the past three weeks, suggesting that the unemployment rate is already above 15 percent —well above the rate at the height of the Great Recession.
Keeping Families Connected believes that no one should go hungry, live on the streets, and live without the proper medical and mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With school closures, job disruptions, and as ongoing health risks mount, millions of Americans will turn to organizations like our own to receive aid in the most basic forms.
As communities across the country are grappling with the spread of COVID-19, our community is experiencing financial strain, hunger, illness, and homelessness (in shelters and the unsheltered. People experiencing extreme poverty have higher rates of acute primary health care needs, including respiratory disease, and those living in poverty can be at a much greater risk of infection and complications from infection. These issues are particularly acute for seniors and people of all ages with compromised immune systems.
With COVID-19 spreading quickly, we need a fast and coordinated response from every level. With your donation and help, we will be able to great meet the needs of our community by doing the following:
- To provide food, clothing, and basic need services for youths, adults, and their families in community.
- To generate permanent financial, mental, and emotional stability for adults and their families.
3. To provide highly essential non – emergency medical transportation services for those who have no form of transportation to access healthcare services when the need arises.
Keeping Families Connected, Inc. COVID-19 Provisions:
- We will help to facilitate participants by providing resources and support for: employment, education, and counseling, depending upon each individual’s particular needs. These services can be offered remotely via telecommunication.
- We will provide digital counseling and mentoring services during COVID-19 that uses an interactive project and activity-rich curriculum. These programs will encourage open dialog and expression during this worrisome time, it will promote positive self-image and attitude, build strong peer-to-peer and peer-to-adult relationships, and emphasize the importance of team work and diversity by utilizing a unique team model to connect youth and adults. This program will be offered to youths, young adults and adults, immigrants, prison re-entry participants, transitional/ homeless shelter participants, battered/abused individuals, and disadvantaged people who seek to make their future brighter.
- Due to the 50% increase in demand for food, Keeping Families Connected will distribute
Emergency Meal Kits, which provide 40 meals per box, enough to sustain a family for several days.
- Additional resources will help with providing Prepared Meals which are being made and packaged by our organization and other alliance food distribution agencies within our community.
- We will provide volunteers that help members in the community and serve as a liaison to make sure they are utilizing community and government resources. Example, unemployment insurance, SNAP, WIC, etc.
Partnering with Keeping Families Connected, Inc. Donating will provide an opportunity for Corporate Donors to: • Gain or expand visibility in the community. • Participate and support in successful community events in Dallas County, Texas. • Support a program that directly benefits and enhances the most vulnerable in the community by providing essential and live-saving resources.
Keeping Families Connected, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, organization established in 2015. All donations are tax deductible. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is welcomed and accepted.
Please donate to help our program bridge together initiatives within our community to aid the people hurt and affected most by COVID-19 and poverty. I can be reached at (214) 242-0995 or KFConnected@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your time and generosity and please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns.