Frontline Response Fund – COVID19
Front & Centered’s
Front and Centered, a coalition of over 60 grassroots organizations based in and led by communities of color, has created a Frontline Response Fund to provide immediate and direct assistance for our grantees working to respond to the crisis throughout Washington State due to the financial, social and health impacts of the Coronavirus.
Working with our 60-plus partner organizations−−each of which is deeply-rooted in communities of color−−the Fund will support the member groups of Front and Centered as they continue to serve at the frontlines in their communities, all of whom are experiencing multiple barriers and for whom a modest amount of assistance can serve as a lifeline for the people within their organizations and communities during this crisis.
Here’s how you can help!
Your tax-deductible donation, combined with generous contributions from the philanthropic community, will make it possible to provide a lifeline of short-term support for hundreds of people in the wake of lay-offs, school closures, medical issues and other factors related to coronavirus in communities throughout Washington State.
At Front and Centered, we know that all of us are facing great challenges and uncertainties in the face of this crisis. We also know that this is when people come together and do what they can to help people who are most in need.
COVID19 – Frequently Asked Questions
Most food banks are delivering food. You can see a map of foodbanks here through Northwest Harvest.
Call 2-11 as a general resource for information and referrals. You can also review important information about their services and network on their website.
Community health and basic services are available in the Seattle-King County region. Checkout our Front and Centered member organization, Asian Counseling and Referral Services site for helpful information about what they are doing and other community resources.
The Washington State Department of Health reported 642 cases of novel coronavirus in the state, with 40 deaths, as of Saturday afternoon, March 14.
For more information about the virus, symptoms, and how you can practice health and safety, read important guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.
With schools closed throughout the state through April 24, the health department offers tips and suggestions to families dealing with childcare. They also have a webpage offering helpful information and resources, you can review here. Many licensed childcare facilities are still open to care for your children. Kids can play outside and are encouraged to do so close to home.
People 60 and older are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and are not good candidates to provide childcare at this time. That includes grandparents.
We encourage community places of worship, especially those serving communities of color, to check on the elderly and vulnerable, but refrain from in-person services which put people at risk. Faith Action Network is a local resource which has more current information on interfaith services locally and nationally and general faith support. See their facebook page here.
Special provisions have been made for unemployment, temporary lay-offs and sick leave and keeping those already on unemployment stabilized during the crisis. The WA State Unemployment website provides the up to the minute information.