Paying It Sideways will be live on this GoFundMe page for only 1 more month:
The last day for new contributions on this page will be June 30th.
The incredible young folks of NYSYLC have raised $180,000 of their $200,000 goal (including the money we've raised with this campaign)! That said, contributions are waining ... I can't help but dream that WE -- the NYC performing arts community could together raise this last $20K leg in these next 2 weeks.
Tag you're it.
And spread the word.
From Debbie Howell, now one of the truly Magic 1000 ! (a performer in PINS & NEEDLES & a member of FUREE)
Thank you to the undocumented immigrants for ALL you do in the "shadows" to make this city a better place. You can be found in a variety of work places. God's continued blessings and protection. Hugs and love. Stay safe, stay healthy _________________________________________________________
Sadly none of the current stimulus packages include fellow NYorkers who are undocumented; nor are there emergency funds from foundations or wealthy patrons springing up to help. In the best of times, it's been up to grassroots organizations to look out for these folks One of the more inspiring and impactful of these is NYSYLC, founded (07) and led by undocumented youth. In addition to continuing to run their ongoing programs, they launched a Covid-19 Emergency Fund campaign with which they are getting cash into the hands of undocumented youth and their families who need it NOW.
Let's rally NYC's performing arts community —artists, audiences, supporters— to donate $15/month thru September 2020 to NYSYLC's Emergency fund, to, as it were, pay it sideways to fellow New Yorkers who really need some dough right now. Let's raise the price of a cocktail once an month and toast the extraordinary young folks who are rising up to meet this emergency.
From NYSYLC (nysylc.org)
The NYSYLC is the first undocumented, youth-led organization in New York. We are working to raise funds to support undocumented youth and their families in New York City during the time of COVID-19. We have received over 2,500 requests for funds.... Please help spread the word. Our goal is to raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk.
We seek to provide support specifically for undocumented folks whose livelihoods are being affected by COVID-19. Whether it’s from a decline in business for street vendors or being laid-off in domestic and restaurant jobs.
Undocumented folks do not have the same safety nets provided to other members of our community. Many undocumented people work in jobs that are most vulnerable to exposure to the virus and the shutdown. There is already limited access to healthcare, so undocumented people should have the resources to be able to take care of themselves.
*For logistics and transparency: Money raised will go directly to the New York State Youth Leadership Council and will then be distributed to directly impacted individuals and families on an as-needed basis, until the funds raised are completely distributed.