As many of you already know, the MCLE, founded almost 28 years ago, is a community-created non-profit organization that provides an organized and supportive place for people to hire and be hired, creating opportunities for the unemployed to build independence and self-sufficiency through work while supporting the needs of the local Malibu community (https://www.malibucommunitylaborexchange.org/).
We recently heard from our dear director, Oscar Mondragon, that the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) workers, especially the women, are still struggling to get enough work to survive due to Covid. We just received a generous $5000 grant from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), 100% of which we will distribute to the workers. If we could at least double that amount, and even better triple it, we could provide some modest support for more families during this difficult time.
We know we have asked much of you since the beginning of the pandemic, and you have generously responded, so if you can’t give at this time we understand. This is not our annual fundraiser that we begin around Labor Day to raise the money we need for operating the MCLE, but rather an additional ask to help get the workers through what we hope are the final months of this health crisis so that they can all get back to work, which is what these men and women want to do. Any amount will help, and 100% of the donations will go directly to the workers and their families. We must distribute the NDLON funds by May 31, 2021.
As always, please continue to use the MCLE to hire workers (painters, carpenters, housekeepers, gardeners, and more). There is no added fee, and this is the best way to empower the unemployed. The Malibu Community Labor Exchange is a 501c3 charity, tax ID # 95-4428885.
The MCLE Board