RISE Colorado is maintaining our core commitment to meeting most-impacted families where they are at during the COVID-19 crisis by determining their greatest needs and then connecting them to the resources required to meet those needs. Those most impacted are low-income families, families of color, and immigrant and refugee families. There is a tremendous need right now during the COVID-19 crisis to support and empower families. These families are leaders in our community who have been working tirelessly to improve the education system, many having been involved in strengthening community ties for years. They are incredible people who have contributed immensely to our education system — this is our time to support them.
Given the unprecedented impact of coronavirus, RISE Colorado is establishing the RISE Together Emergency Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to RISE Colorado Family Leaders facing extreme hardship due to this public health emergency. RISE Colorado Family Leaders cannot maintain academic instruction and growth without their most basic needs being met at home. Specifically, the Emergency Relief Fund is intended to support families that experience unemployment or reduced wages, medical bills, critical utility bills, the need to pay for alternative childcare, or other extenuating circumstances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Our efforts extend beyond the Emergency Relief Fund including the creation of an Aurora Resource Guide, conducting one on one needs assessment calls with RISE Family Leaders to ensure their voices are heard during the crisis, and providing mental health and wellness supports and connections. We are asking you to join us in this movement, so that all of us, including those most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, can RISE Together.
Right now, there is an opportunity to show up in a big way that will make a huge difference in the lives of those most impacted in our community. As a trusted community partner, RISE Colorado has set a goal to raise $30,000 in the next two weeks to unlock a $30,000 matching grant from a generous supporter. This will allow us to immediately give each family who applies and demonstrates need up to $1,000 in emergency relief to cover groceries, medicine, rent, bills, and other stabilizing needs, and continue providing support until the fund is expended. Through the RISE Together Emergency Relief Fund, the most marginalized and vulnerable families during this pandemic crisis can get the support they need. Will you join us in this movement and double our impact? Dollar for dollar your donation to RISE Colorado will be matched up to $30,000 as direct support to the most in-need families affected by the crisis. Thank you for your support and generosity. It is needed now more than ever!