JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation and Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation have teamed up for a good cause as both have donated $1 million each to COVID-19 response efforts.
These relief efforts will aid in supporting undocumented workers, health workers and first responders, those incarcerated, the elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.
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Today #JAYZ's @shawncartersf announced it will be joining with @badgalriri’s @claralionelfdn to give a combined $2 million to the #MayorsFundforLA #FundforPublicSchools @ACLU_Nationwide & @TheNYIC in support of undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in the United States.
JAY-Z’s Mother and CEO of his Shawn Carter Foundation, Gloria Carter said this; “In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition and education. The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.”
According to Forbes, these donations will also provide daycare services, educational resources, food and supplies for the children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, as well as learning materials for over 20,000 children and youth who have to learn from shelters. Mental health support for parents will also be available online and home-delivered meals will be increased and distributed to the homeless and elderly populations.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation $1 million donation, follows her foundations previous donation of $5 million to support partners and medical workers fighting COVID-19 in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean.
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We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million in grants to @PartnersInHealth @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @RescueOrg @WHO and #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple countries and regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes 📷: Partners in Health
“There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic — those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders,” says CLF executive director Justine Lucas. “Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”
With the world basically on global lock down, we’re seeing a lot more celebrities and those with influence stepping up to help support those in need during these hard times. Hopefully by seeing this, others of JAY-Z and Rihanna’s stature will do the same.
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