Avila and Associates is partnering with SFPUC Community Benefits in supporting Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) – a non-profit leader in community organizing, economic justice, and mental health for immigrants, workers, and youth to launch their Bayanihan Relief Fund to offer emergency financial assistance to Alameda County residents facing hardships to due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Relief Fund will provide up to $500 in financial assistance for individuals and up to $1000 for households to support essential needs including food, housing, distance learning, and medical expenses. FAJ Executive Director Geraldine Alcid said “Domestic workers and caregivers have the most pressing needs, both as front-line workers and as elderly workers who are having to choose between lost wages and their own health.” This being the reason why these workers would receive priority in receiving assistance.
Students too, are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis due to school closures. To assist, Avila is also supporting The Village Method, a grassroots non-profit focused on youth education, family engagement, and community outreach. The organization launched its Virtual College Pathways Summit and College Counseling Fund to close the gap in access to and affordability of college readiness resources for African American students, a gap that has widened amidst the current pandemic.
These partnerships are where we can give back to the communities in which we work.