The coronavirus crisis has extended its impact far beyond those who have become infected. It’s ramifications have been felt by people all over the world and it hasn’t spared those in our very own communities here in the USA.
This time is especially devastating to families who are out of work and can’t afford to put food on the table, pay their rent and fulfill their basic needs. It is during these uncertain times where families may especially feel helpless and alone. While Your Ethiopian Professionals Network (YEP) is working to pull together resources from various private and public institutions to assist for the long term, these families need our help immediately.
We are calling on you to donate what you can to the YEP COVID-19 Relief Fund. Due to its tenure, YEP has the privilege of having access to community leaders and representatives that have direct communication channels to these families and their challenges. The Relief fund will be used to cover their immediate financial needs. While we understand that this pandemic is putting a strain on all of us collectively, we urge those who have the resources to donate $5, $10, or $100. Please know that no donation is too small to make a difference.
These donations will be used to provide immediate assistance to families who live in DC, Maryland, and Virginia through the following options;
1. Buying grocery gift cards and sending the gift cards to the family directly,
2. Paying their utilities,
3. Covering some portion of their rent payment.
We appreciate your consideration and ask that you share the page amongst your network. We will provide regular updates on how the funds are being distributed for those who donated.
We hope you continue to stay positive and safe! We will get through these unprecedented times together.