As we move into July, we are continuing the fight for equality. We reflect on last month’s Pride celebrations and the achievements of the LGBTQ rights movement. More than half a century ago, the LGBTQ community, led by people of color, stood up against discrimination and police violence during the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Let their courage be a source of strength to all of us as we redouble our efforts towards promoting social justice and fighting for equity.
At the same time, we also reflect internally on the many challenges caused by the public health crisis and global response to racial injustice. In addition to experiencing gender-based violence and fear of deportation, many of the clients we serve here in Monterey County are facing unemployment and economic insecurity during these times. Our newly-established Food Distribution Program, which aims to meet the partial needs of vulnerable clients, recently received an extremely generous grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This funding will enable us to offer continued and targeted support for some 50-60 families through the rest of the year. With this funding, we will also be able to provide financial assistance related to housing and transportation for our most vulnerable clients. We sincerely thank the Community Foundation and each person who has contributed philanthropically to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
For those of you who are able to help and would like to donate to our Food Distribution Program, or for continuing the fight for equality, you can make a donation through our website by clicking the donate now button. To read more about the program, click the link. YWCA Monterey County relies completely on the generosity of the community and needs donations to keep providing much needed services to the community. Any donation goes a long way and will directly impact Monterey County in a positive way.