RESTORE 954: COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF
Rapid Response &
Recovery for Families
Established in 2017, the Urban League of Broward County Restore 954 and Families First Fund were developed to provide disaster recovery and relief funding to families impacted by Hurricane Irma. With an official state of emergency declared for the State of Florida, demands on the healthcare system and nonprofits are already increasing, and we expect COVID-19 will have a serious economic impact on the region. Urban League relaunched Restore 954 and the Families First Fund to receive charitable donations that will support local response, recovery and relief efforts for families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In an effort to understand how best to support our families during this difficult time, the Urban League developed a Community Impact Survey to inform our rapid response. This survey will assess our clients' immediate, short and long-term needs including:
- Food Insecurity
- Essential Living Expenses
- Emergent Needs Due to COVID-19
- Rent & Utility Payment Support
Small Business Needs & Access to Capital
O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L
S T R U C T U R E & S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
Now more than ever, nonprofits throughout the nation will experience an increased demand for critical services and support. Locally, our recovery efforts include stabilizing and strengthening the Urban League's infrastructure to adequately respond to the community's most pressing needs.
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We anticipate the long-term impact of COVID-19 on our community, especially for those who were already struggling to make ends meet. Our team will continue to serve through a virtual service model which includes outreach and enrollment, case management, and training in our core services areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, Jobs, Justice, Housing & Health.
V I R T U A L S E R V I C E S O L U T I O N S
- Prevent youth development gaps by offering "virtual afterschool" including enrichments, physical activities, and interactive activities to stay connected with students, help for parents at home, and suggestions to keep minds and bodies engaged.
- Mitigate long-term economic instability through employment training, financial coaching, foreclosure prevention, credit repair and income gap assistance for families experiencing financial hardship.
- Assist businesses in making applications for federal, state and local loan programs based on needs and qualifications.
- Provide businesses virtual group training and individual coaching on resiliency skills such as cash flow management, emergency management, reinvention and employing a strategy to remain viable during this uncertain season.
- Offer interactive and comprehensive homeownership education through the Freddie Mac CreditSmart Homebuyer U Online Course.
- Provide health education and resources to seniors, new and expectant mothers, and people without health coverage.
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THE FAMILIES FIRST FUND
The Fund is designed to provide our community’s most vulnerable families with emergency
assistance such as financial support, food and other essential items.
Through a rolling community needs assessment, our Urban League team will screen families to
assess and respond to those who are experiencing an urgent, unexpected need associated with the coronavirus
WHO WILL THE FUND SERVE?
- Low-income residents experiencing financial hardship caused by COVID-19;
- Low-income workers in disproportionately impacted industries, such as hospitality and the service industry, as well as gig-economy workers;
- Communities of color and residents with limited English language proficiency;
- Families impacted by school closures and remote work/study arrangements that have created challenges linked to childcare, technology access, and food security;
- Residents with greater health risks, including people over age 60, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women;
- Veterans experiencing homelessness
WHAT ARE THE FUND'S KEY PRIORITIES?
- Providing rapid-response solutions to meet the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations;
- Reducing the impact of lost wages for hourly and gig economy workers or small business owners, especially for people of color who are disproportionately affected
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Invest in Restore 954 and/or the Families First Fund focused on Response, Recovery & Relief.
- Underwrite technology to help Urban League overcome unique needs related to working remotely including software, cybersecurity, bandwidth, and devices.
- Engage "virtual volunteers" from your company to provide skills-based training, coaching, and expertise for virtual workshops and classes.
Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting community readiness and response. We believe that the most effective way to ensure our strategic investments can do the most good is through a coordinated community response between philanthropic, nonprofit and business partners.
We are grateful to the philanthropic leadership of our community working quickly and collectively to support those most impacted in this dynamic time.
- Philanthropy: The Jim Moran Foundation, United Way of Broward County, Broward Health, Castle Group, Cox Media Group, City National Bank, Citrix, Florida Blue, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, WSVN - Channel 7
- Business: Truist, Bank of America, Fifth Third, Sunshine Health, Sign-On-The-Go, Wells Fargo, Capital One
General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to Urban League's Vice President of Program Impact, Mark Reyes at email@example.com.
Foundations and businesses interested in offering recommendations on evolving priorities can share suggestions with Urban League’s Executive Vice President, Courtnee Biscardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For interested donors and media inquiries, please contact Urban League’s SVP of Philanthropy & Communications, Alica Brown at email@example.com
To make a donation by check or other assets, visit our website at www.ulbroward.org/donate or contact (954) 625-2544.