A little bit of context
Our intention is to feed the homeless, our neighbors without a home, in the same way we feed ourselves. We use organic, sustainable ingredients and prepare healthy and delicious meals that we hand deliver once or twice a month. We are feeding a homeless population near Jane's house in Rockford because this is where we cook and those people are our neighbors and are part of our community. Depending on the budget available, we add and give away hygiene items, such as wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as rolls of quarters, so that our neighbors without home can go to the laundry mat and clean their clothes. During fall and winter, fundraising take place to expand our service to distributing rain gears, sleeping bags, tents, tarps and warm clothes.
The Emerald Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to illuminating and dismantling the system of white supremacy, globally and locally. Guided by the principles of both Anti-Racism and Anti-Racist activism, we listen to where and how our engagement can most serve. During this time of Covid-19 we believe the collective call is to tend to the larger systems of oppression as they show up locally in our direct communities. Due to the impact of gentrification, capitalism and white supremacy we are aware that between 80% - 90% of homeless people in the Bay Area are people of color with out access to basic resources like water, food, and hygiene.
But there's a problem
At this time while the entire world faces a devastating Coronavirus pandemic,Current conditions for the homeless community in Rockford, Jane's most recent report:
The encampment which the Emerald Foundation serves is one that is in a very difficult location. It has no direct access to water for drinking or bathing, and they receive very little support from the extended community in terms of food delivery or shelter outreach. In Johns share's from his most recent visit with the homeless
" They are hungry. They are scared. They are Angry. Never before have I seen them compete over deliveries but their need was at a much higher than usual. People have stopped bringing them food and supplies because they are afraid of the virus. Their conditions are worse than I have ever seen them."
Here is what we are doing about it
Strategy: Care packages instead of meals.
In looking at the actual dire needs and hunger of the houseless people, The Emerald Foundation is shifting its strategy and has started to distribute care packages. A list of specific items has been established.
What we are funding in a care package:
The items have been strategically picked by Jane from her years of experience serving the homeless, to have the highest impact, for basic needs, for as long as possible. These items include: Cured meats, nuts, nut butter, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, water, canned goods, rolls of quarters for two visits to a laundromat (this is huge for them)...and more. (If you would like to see a full list of items in the carepackage, please email us and we would be happy to send it :)
Distribution: To reduce the risk of contagion, care packages will be delivered by volunteers who are wearing the necessary protective masks and gloves.
Fundraising goal:is to supply 80 care packages a month, distributed bi-weekly. Our efforts are planned for 3 months during the coronavirus crisis.
Cost for Month 1 $6000
Cost for Month 2 $6000
Cost for Month 3 $6000
10% fiscal sponsorship/Admin fee $2000.00
Total Campaign Fund $20,000
We will begin placing orders for the first month of care package materials once we have reached the first goal of $8333.00 (which we hope to raise within the first 10 days of this campaign!)
Donations are tax deductible, you can pay through chuffed using PayPal or stripe or you are welcome to pay via check by first emailing [email protected] for details.
If a surplus donation takes place, it will be in service to future care packages or meals.
We thank you for your support, solidarity, and for responding to this urgent call!