As the world faces a stressful time with the rise of the Coronavirus pandemic, the message for all of us is clear—stay at home to avoid the spread of the virus. But for 6.6 million people here in the U.S., social distancing is a luxury they simply cannot afford.
Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house good enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too. It means you have access to clean running water. Hand sanitizers are a privilege. It means you have money to buy them. Lockdowns are a privilege. It means you can afford to be at home. All of us who are practicing social distancing and have imposed a lockdown on ourselves are very lucky to have the means because many people won’t be able to do this.
In the U.S. workforce, 44% of people are employed in low-income, unstable jobs—the segment of the working population that is becoming the first to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. Left to face increased financial burdens, they are becoming more fearful in not knowing where their next income will come from. They are even on the verge of thinking if their families will be able to survive this epic crisis.
With the loss of their livelihoods, they are unable to pay for basic necessities including rent, utilities, and food. Also, schools were often providers of meals for children, now leaving these children at risk of facing hunger with schools closed. With fears of hunger, homelessness, and certain hopelessness on the rise for this already vulnerable population, they need us now more than ever. Together, WE CAN OVERCOME! Together, WE ARE STRONGER. Big or small, every effort counts and it will all have a great impact on someone’s life.
With this dire situation in mind, Embrace Relief is launching a campaign with your help to provide as many people as we can here in the U.S. with financial assistance for rent, food, and utilities during the Coronavirus pandemic. We simply cannot leave this vulnerable population to face this hardship on their own, and we know that especially in times of collective concern, we must come together to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
You can help ease the burden of these people in need here in the U.S. by donating whatever you can to our campaign. It is high time that during these difficult times we set aside our differences to come together, unite, and BE AS ONE. If not NOW, when? If not YOU, then who? You can be that positive change you have been waiting to see in the world.
Alone we can do so little; Together, we can do so much. This too shall pass, and in the end, there’s a bright light waiting for all of us at the end of this dark tunnel. Individually, we are just one drop. TOGETHER, WE ARE AN OCEAN.