Dorcas International Receives Capacity Support for COVID-19 Relief Work
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Receives Capacity Support for COVID-19 Relief Work
Assisting Systematically Under-Resourced BIPOC Communities
Dorcas International announced today that it has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the newly- formed Momentum Fund to continue its COVID-19 relief work supporting community-run organizations working with communities of color, low-income populations, and other groups being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The grant was one of 129 grants, totaling $8.5 million, awarded by the Momentum Fund to 501(c)(3) organizations around the country managing COVID-19 relief funds that provide grants and other forms of direct support to community-run organizations working with communities of color, historically marginalized populations, and other groups being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic that continues to ravage these communities.
“Many immigrants in Rhode Island have lost income due to COVID-19, and at the same time are excluded from our social safety net. This support will allow us to expand our capacity, and that of our community partners, to ensure speedy distribution of weR1 financial assistance, which is crucial for the well-being of thousands of our neighbors.” — Kathleen Cloutier, Executive Director
The weR1 Rhode Island Fund is a collaborative effort between government, community, and philanthropic organizations that have raised more than $3.2 million since June 2020. These funds are being used to provide no-fee debit cards to approximately 7,000 Rhode Islanders with urgent need due to the pandemic but have no access to federal assistance.
“We are witnessing a historic and unprecedented level of suffering and need that must be addressed before this nation falls even further into a state of absolute humanitarian crisis,” said Amanda Misiko Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness and Chair of the Momentum Fund Advisory Board. “It is essential that the philanthropic sector continues to dedicate itself to this work, which includes addressing the devastating and deadly human health, economic, and social impacts that are befalling millions of people of color and vulnerable families across the nation every day.”
The Momentum Fund was launched in May 2020 with a vision of ushering in a new model of philanthropic giving that unapologetically centers racial equity and explicitly prioritizes the needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The Momentum Fund is managed by United Philanthropy Forum.
To view a complete list of Momentum Fund grantees, visit www.momentumfund.org.