While this global pandemic has touched everyone- its impact has not been evenly felt across our community. Immigrant families are facing deep health and economic effects and are among those most at-risk for catching and dying from COVID-19. The existing availability and expansion of public benefits do not adequately cover all of our community members and their families. Immigrants and their families have been largely left out of the government's emergency response.
Many people are and will be losing their jobs and will have no resources to cover their basic needs.
We need to act now to ensure that EVERYONE in our community is taken care of during this emergency.
To support these community members in this time of crisis, Mano a Mano has established an emergency community fund (a Tanda as it’s called in Latin American countries) that will provide direct assistance to community members who are in dire need and unable to get support from government programs. Mano a Mano is only able to offer this critical support through the donations of generous community members, foundations, and other supporters.
100% of donations made to the Tanda will directly support community members who are facing extreme choices in trying to cover their family's basic expenses during this crisis.
For the month of April, Tanda funds are being made available to help families buy food and cover urgent medical expenses. The funds are limited to people who live in Lake and McHenry Counties, who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19, and are not eligible for other government benefits like unemployment.
If you or someone you know needs support, please call Mano a Mano directly at 847-201-1521.
Mano a Mano is extremely grateful for the support that our Tanda has received so far from individuals, family foundations, and larger charitable foundations. These include, but are not limited to: