UPDATE: September 24, 2020. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of the Mothers of Color COVID-19 grant. We have served close to 70 women of color with children, a one-time grant of $250. We have over 700 applications and know that what we have sent out is a drop in the ocean. We recommend 1K Project by Minda Brusse and Alex Iskold as a resource.

I am forever grateful to Amina Ibrahim, who launched the grant with me and Karina San Juan and Silvia Jaramillo, who soon came on board to assist with Spanish applications. I am deeply indebted to Seattle Works, especially Ben Reuler and Amanda Brown, for becoming our fiscal sponsor and sending out the grants through Seattle Works. Thank you! 

This challenge is far from over and we know women of color are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Since March 2020, 54% of Black women, 56% of Asian women, and 63% of Latinas reported a loss of income, compared to 46% of white women (National Women's Law Center data). Please do all in your power to support communities of color providing direct services.

Thank you to all who donated and spread the word. We are in this together. Thank you to all the women of color who entrusted us with their stories, we are rooting for you! This page will remain as a record of the services provided.

 

In solidarity,

Ruchika

WEEK 1 (FRIDAY, MAY 22)
1. Claudia, WA state, two children, husband in critical state from contracting COVID-19.

2. Anonymous recipient, one child, survivor of domestic violence

3. Anonymous recipient, one child survivor of domestic violence

WEEK 2 (FRIDAY, MAY 29) - Bolstered by donors' incredible generosity, we are sending more grants this week!

1. Diosa, WA State, mother of one preemie currently in the NICU

2. Anonymous, domestic violence survivor with 1 child

3. Abril, WA Mother of 5 children, lost job due to COVID, and was recently hospitalized  and diagnosed with heart failure

4. Esperanza, mother of 4. Worked in an Iowa meat packing plant, got COVID-19 and has been unable to work since then 
5. Ramona, LA. Single mother of 3, who lost her job in housekeeping

6. Talia, GA. Cares for her disabled mother, and one child. She has been laid off due to COVID-19

7. Anonymous Recipient, WA, mother of 4

8. Ishle, HI, single mother of 2, who was laid off

WEEK 3 (FRIDAY, JUNE 5)

  1. Cristina, Mother of 2, undocumented and out of work

  2. Elizabeth, WA, Mother of 3, lost her job due to COVID-19

  3. Anonymous, MO, Mother of 2

  4. Anonymous, CA, single mother of toddler, lost employment

  5. Saundra, PA. Provides for her grandmother and daughter. Lost her job and has been impacted by COVID-19.

  6. Dayana, WA state. Mother of 1, reduced hours due to COVID-19

  7. Alyvia, WA, pregnant mother of 1, lost job due to COVID-19

  8. Anonymous, WA. Mother of 3

WEEK 4 (FRIDAY, JUNE 12)

  1. Anonymous, WA

  2. Ebony, CA, Mother of 3, unable to work due to COVID. Domestic Violence survivor

  3. Juana, TX, Single mother of 7, lost employment due to COVID-19

  4. Martha, WA. Single mother of twins. Preschool teacher with reduced hours due to COVID-19. 

  5. Lorena, WA, Single mother of 2. Both she and one of her daughters have lost employment and work hours due to COVID-19

WEEK 5 (FRIDAY, JUNE 19)

 1. Araceli, WA. Mother of 4, lost her job due to COVID-19

 2. Carmina, WA. Mother of 1, lost her job due to COVID-19

 3. Claudia, WA. Mother of 2, lost her job due to COVID-19 and is pregnant with a higher-risk pregnancy

 4. Araceli, WA. Mother of 4, lost her job due to COVID-19

-- Henceforth, grants will be disbursed from the Seattle Works Mothers of Color fund--

WEEK 6 (FRIDAY, JUNE 26)

  1. Teresa, WA. Mother of 2, lost her job due to COVID-19

  2. Anonymous, TX. Mother of 4, lost all current and future work due to COVID-19

  3. Anonymous, WA. Mother of 6 

  4. Martha, WA. Single mother of twins. She is a preschool teacher with reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  5. Yuridia, WA. Mother of 3, lost her job due to COVID-19

WEEK 7 (FRIDAY, JULY 3)

  1. Anonymous, NJ. Mother of 3. Lost job due to COVID and home in a fire a few weeks ago. 

  2. Ashley, TN. Mother of 1, unemployed due to COVID-19. At risk of becoming unhoused. 

  3. Serwa, WA.  Mother of 2. Working fewer hours due to COVID-19. Experiencing discrimination and homelessness. 

  4. Gloria, WA. Mother of 2. Lost her job doing after-school pick-ups due to COVID-19. 

WEEK 8 (FRIDAY, JULY 10)

  1. Anonymous, PA. Mother of 3. Lost income due to COVID-19 and is staying in a shelter. 

  2. Esfeidy, WA. Mother of 3. Responsible for household expenses and other added costs due to the recent passing of her husband.

  3. ShaCorrie, WA. Mother of 2, worked as a phlebotomist but has not worked the past few months. 

  4. Mungunchimeg, WA. Mother of 3. Lost her job due to COVID-19. 

 

WEEK 9 (FRIDAY, JULY 17) 

  1. Anonymous, CA. Mother of 1. Domestic Violence Survivor 

  2. Tineka, NC. Mother of 3. Pediatric nurse case manager with reduced hours due to COVID-19. 

  3. Anonymous, WA, Mother of 1. Lost her job due to COVID-19. 

  4. Gabriela, IN. Mother of 2. Recently lost her fiancé during the June protests and is the sole provider of her two children, including a newborn.

WEEK 10 (FRIDAY, JULY 24) 

  1. Anonymous, NY. Mother of 2, Domestic Violence Survivor 

  2. Audrey, WA. Mother of 1. Lost job due to COVID-19 and family members have contracted COVID. 

WEEK 11 (FRIDAY, JULY 31)

  1. Da´Janee, NY. Mother of 1. Unable to work due to COVID-19.

  2. Valentina, WA. Mother of 2. Lost her job due to COVID-19 and is the sole provider of her two children. 

  3. Clara, WA. Mother of 2. Lost her job due to COVID-19.

WEEK 12 (FRIDAY, AUGUST 7)

  1. Shelmira, WI. Mother of 5, and helps take care of her sister's 4 kids as well. Lost her job due to COVID-19 and lack of childcare. 

  2. Clarice, MS, Mother of 2. Lost her parents due to COVID-19 and her husband to cancer. Lost her job due to COVID-19. 

  3. Lluvia, WA. Mother and caretaker of 4 after the passing of her sister. Cancer warrior who’s currently fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and lost work hours due to COVID-19. 

  4. Keila, WA. Mother of 1. Lost work hours due to COVID-19.

WEEK 13 (FRIDAY, AUGUST 14)

  1. Anonymous, WA. Mother of 1, lost her job due to COVID-19 and has not received unemployment yet. 

  2. Aikeih, FL. Mother of 2, undergoing cancer treatment

  3. Amanda, TN. Mother of 4, pregnant and also takes care of her grandmother. Cashier at a grocery store, currently unhoused. 

  4. Anonymous, WA. Mother of 3. Lost her job due to COVID-19.

  5. Sandra, WA. Mother of 1. Mixtec single mother who is not eligible for additional aid. 

 

WEEK 13 (FRIDAY, AUGUST 21)

  1. Evelin, NJ. Mother of 4. Undocumented single mother who has lost one of her jobs and reduced hours for another job. 

  2. Keyla, NJ. Mother of 2, unemployed and ineligible for unemployment. Her and her family are currently experiencing homelessness.   

  3. Evonne, TX. Mother of 2, has been out of work due to not recovering from COVID fully. She was also recently evicted. 

 

WEEK 14 (FRIDAY, AUGUST 28) 

  1. Anonymous, MA, single mother of 1, lost her job due to COVID. Currently lives in a DV shelter.  

  2. Kendalll, CA. Mother of 2, currently unemployed and experiencing homelessness, after leaving an unhealthy relationship.  

WEEK 15 AND WEEK 16 TBA

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