While the global spread of the deadly virus has proven nothing short of devastating for the entire planet, the Latino population is among the most detrimentally impacted by the virus. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for Latinos has risen from 4.4 percent earlier this year to a staggering 18.9 percent, higher than any other racial or ethnic group surveyed by the department.
These organizations are working to support our country’s Latino communities during COVID-19.
1. Latino Community Foundation: Love Not Fear Fund
The Latino Community Foundation has raised over $1 million via their Love Not Fear Fund, which channels critical funds to over 30 Latino-led grassroots organizations supporting California’s Latino population impacted by COVID-19.
Working on the frontlines during the global pandemic, Love Not Fear’s grantees serve the Latino community’s most vulnerable populations like elderly people, undocumented immigrants, farmworkers, and other working-class families, many of whom don’t qualify for federally funded relief efforts. Visit https://latinocf.org/covid/
2. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (HCI): COVID-19 Response Fund
“As Chair of CHCI, I’m proud to announce our COVID-19 Response Fund to help some of the most severely impacted members of our Latino community. Our friends, families, and neighbors are facing serious economic hardship, and our essential workers aren’t being given enough of the protections they need and deserve on the frontlines.
This fund will allow us to collect donations for nonprofit organizations providing direct services to the most vulnerable members of our community – and to the farmworkers, domestic workers, service industry employees, and more who are doing heroes’ work to help us fight this pandemic.” – Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), CHCI Chair. Visit https://chci.org/
3. Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)
“We are witnessing an unprecedented moment in our lifetime. For this reason, we as funders must continue to support and trust our partners on the ground who are rapidly making critical decisions on how to shift their operations to better serve our communities,” said Ana Marie Argilagos, HIP’s President and CEO. “While we are collectively doing our part to flatten the curve and ensure that our families and elders are taken care of, let us not lose sight that these investments will help respond to increased vulnerabilities in migrant communities and assist in ensuring a fair Census count for underserved groups.”
The organization recently joined forces with Justice for Migrant Women to produce the star-studded “Altisimo Live!” online benefit concert for their Farmworkers’ Pandemic Relief Fund. Co-hosts included Eva Longoria, J Balvin, Kate Del Castillo, Rosario Dawson, Alejandro Sanz, and iHeartLatino Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Enrique Santos. Visit hiponline.org/
4. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): COVID-19 Relief Fund
“LULAC is offering temporary relief to address the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware of the enormous burden that the pandemic is having on our Latino communities and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it is needed the most. LULAC has created the COVID-19 relief fund to support individuals and LULAC Councils.
We will be providing microgrants towards general aid, hunger relief, technology, mobility/transportation, mental health, and mentoring and online educational support.” Visit lulac.org/covid19/relief/