Help your neighbors in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and double the impact of your gift!
Here’s what’s happening in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain
We all know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone. Our hearts are heavy, and spirits are nearly broken.
But the families in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain are getting hit even harder. In the City of Boston, black and brown residents make up the majority of COVID-19 cases when race is known. Half the people we recently polled have seen a reduction in their income or lost their job altogether. While there’s been a groundswell of support, we’re still seeing a gap between what families have and what they need to make ends meet.
What we’re doing about it
First up is cash into the hands of people who need it. We’ve started distributing $150 cash cards to families in need. Why cash? We affirm that people know where they should allocate their resources, particularly when such resources are scarce.
Second, we need to set the stage for the long-haul. Providing immediate cash is just a short-term solution, so plan to work alongside families, meeting them where they are at now, and dare to dream in the future. As the impact of the crisis unfolds, we’ll have resources at the ready to meet challenges head-on.
Help us turn the tide
You know that Urban Edge, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain have a legacy of activism steeped in justice for all and solidarity with one another. Urban Edge got its start when Boston community leaders came together to rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods on the “urban edge” of town. We ask you to be part of the Urban Edge Resiliency Fund.
Our Board of Directors has redirected $250k for the Resiliency Fund. Our friends at TD Charitable Foundation, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, NeighborWorks America, WinnCompanies, Wells Fargo Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Cambridge Savings, Cambridge Trust, anonymous donors, and other community leaders have responded with $225k.
They are asking individuals like yourself to chip in $25,000, which will bring us to $500,000 for families during this emergency.
A historic response to a once-in-a-lifetime crisis
Our fund will inject half a million dollars into the neighborhood, getting assistance into the hands of families in need and subsequently into the local economy.
Please consider making a gift today.
A tax break, too?
We can also offer you Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) for your support. Simply put, for gifts $1,000 and higher, you receive a 50% tax credit from the Commonwealth. Contact Michael Rousseau, Director of Resource Development at (617) 875-3185 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.