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All Gifts NOW Matched to $125K! Help Hourly Workers Who Won't be Paid as We Work to Contain COVID-19

My Story:

Aside from those persons who've actually been infected by the Coronavirus, the persons in the United States who've been most directly impacted by this pandemic are hourly employees - people who generally aren't paid if a business can't open.

Over the past several weeks, these hourly employees have seen their schedules (and their paychecks) cut dramatically as more and more people choose to stay home in an effort to contain the Coronavirus. But these folks can't just 'work from home,' as many of us have been advised to do. If, for example, a server at a restaurant can't work because the restaurant is temporarily closed or has no business, that server just doesn't get paid. And without that income, these hard-working people simply can't pay their most critical, basic expenses - including (and especially) rent.

At Modest Needs, we've already received hundreds of requests for help from hourly employees in this position. We're processing those as quickly as we can, but in the meantime, we're launching this program to help hourly employees whose livelihoods are being threatened by the coronavirus. We'll use all contributions made to this fund to get IMMEDIATE help to hourly employees in danger of becoming homeless due to the economic impact of this pandemic. Thanks to (now) four VERY generous grants, the first $125,000.00 in contributions to this fund will be matched 100%, and 100% of your contributions to this fund will go directly to qualified grantees under this special program.

In the midst of this worldwide crisis, we'd like to ask that you PLEASE dig deep and and support these low-income, hourly workers to the greatest extent that you can, especially when your gift is being matched. We look forward to hearing from you soon, but in the meantime, thank you so very much for your kindness, generosity, and support of the hard-working hourly employees whose incomes have been cut to nothing as we work to contain this outbreak.

Two quick updates:

1) Thanks to your generosity, so far, we've been able to assist 100% of qualified applicants under this program, with grants going out same day, usually within hours. AMAZING!!

2) It looks like this issue is going to define the year, and we're going to need all the help we can get to reach the furloughed hourly workers now turning to us for help. So if you'd like to offer a new matching grant, let us know, and let's see how many more people we can help!

Help Complete this Application

$125,000.00  is the total cost to complete this application, including the cost of fulfillment.
$69,410.00  has already been given to Modest Needs by donors who've recommended this application for funding.
$55,590.00  is the amount necessary to complete this applicant's request for help.


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