ONE FAMILY LA HAS NOW PROVIDED EMERGENCY FUNDING TO 2,600 FAMILIES FACING COVID-19 ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS

May 19, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA)- Since launching in mid-March, One Family LA, a collective fundraising initiative led by Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) in partnership with over 30 nonprofit organizations, has provided emergency financial assistance to approximately  2,600 families facing  economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One Family LA plans to support a total of 4,000 families as quickly as possible.

The campaign has raised over $1.7 million from over 600 donors and is fundraising to continue helping people in need. 

“We are grateful for the public’s generosity in recognizing the tremendous need in Los Angeles communities,” said Dr. Ana F. Ponce, GPSN’s executive director. “We also know that the number of families who need help grows with each passing day of this pandemic. We are especially grateful to Reed Hastings and Patricia Ann Quillin, whose ground-breaking donation helped thousands of people, and all to those who continue to donate to One Family LA and make a direct impact in the lives of families who have been hit the hardest.”

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, the organizations behind One Family LA recognized that LA’s most vulnerable families would be disproportionately impacted by the crisis due to work hour reduction or complete job loss. Within its first two weeks of operating, One Family LA worked quickly to raise funds and establish a distribution system to deliver relief to families, making One Family LA one of the first campaigns in the area to get money directly into the hands of those most affected by the pandemic. Families have used One Family LA funding to meet basic needs like food, rent, and medical care at a time when the social safety net has been stretched past its limits. Every dollar donated to One Family LA has gone directly to families in need.  

One Family LA thanks all of its donors, which include hundreds of individuals as well as the Ballmer Group, The Eli And Edythe Broad Foundation, the Snap Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, Walter Parkes, System 1, the Kayne Foundation, the Len Hill Charitable Trust, the Sam Simon Charitable Trust, Patti and Peter Neuwirth, the Shekels Charitable Foundation, the Wurwand Foundation, Visionary Women, Service Station Foundation, MOCEAN, Thomas Quimby, Craig Murray, Thomas Safran, Devinyl Schonfeld, Brad Brutocao, and the Chernin Group. 

The growing list of individuals and organizations that make up One Family LA can be found here. To donate, please visit www.onefamilyla.com/donate.

For more information contact Jason Song at (213) 452-2804 or jsong@greatpublicschoolsnow.org