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 fighting for equity.
At the same time, we also reflect internally on the many challenges caused by Covid-19 and racial injustice. In addition to experiencing gender-based violence and fear of deportation, many of the clients we serve are facing unemployment and economic insecurity.
We Continue the Fight
Our newly-established Food Distribution Program, which aims to meet the partial needs of vulnerable clients, received an extremely generous grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This funding will enable us to offer continued support for some 50-60 families through the rest of the year. With this funding, we will 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. YWCA-MC and the Community Foundation work together to make Monterey County just and peaceful.
For those of you who are able to help and would like to donate to our Food Distribution Program 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. We require donations to keep providing much needed services to the community. Every donation goes a long way and will directly impact Monterey County in a positive way.