Families Facing COVID-19 Economic Hardships To Begin Receiving Funds for Basic Necessities

One Family LA has raised nearly $150,000 from almost 300 Angelenos 

March 25, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA)- Since launching nearly a week ago on March 16, One Family LA, a collective fundraising initiative led by Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) in partnership with over 20 nonprofit organizations, has raised nearly $150,000 to support families experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One Family LA is now positioned to be one of the first Los Angeles funds to deploy funds directly to families. 

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, the organizations behind One Family LA recognized that LA’s most vulnerable families would be the hardest hit by the crisis due to work hour reduction or complete job loss. They also identified a major and immediate need missing from existing and developing COVID-19 relief programs: most initiatives fund in-kind services instead of providing families in need direct access to funds for basic necessities like rent, childcare and medical care.  

In collaboration with the California Community Foundation (CCF), GPSN established a funding distribution process set to start deploying One Family LA funds to families in need as early as this week. Four community-based organizations were awarded $15,000 each. Those organizations are Alliance for a Better Community, Parent Revolution, Communities In Schools and United Parents and Students. Through their RFP application, these organizations demonstrated their immediate capacity to deploy funds directly to families in need. In addition, CCF was provided $40,000 in One Family LA funds for their Pass It Along Fund. 

“We know that with each passing day of this pandemic the number of families in need far exceeds the funds we are collecting,” said Dr. Ana F. Ponce, Great Public School Now’s executive director. “But we are excited to start providing some direct relief to families and will continue our collective efforts to raise more funds to disperse as soon as we can collect it.”

The growing list of individuals and organizations collectively fundraising for One Family LA can be found here.

Families who have benefitted from One Family LA funding can be made available upon request.

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