Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund Projects Update - May 20205 May 2020
The collective response of our industry to the basis.point and Irish Funds Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been heartening. As uncertainty over the duration of Covid-19 restrictions continues, it has become clear that the needs of vulnerable communities are far greater than what our original goal aimed to alleviate. Together, we have already raised over €130,000 and are continuing to push towards a higher goal of €200,000.
Sincere thanks to those who have already made donations – big or small, volunteered their time, and helped spread the word. Many programmes are now up and running, delivering a real impact to those who most need it.
Your donations in action – projects already underway
“…your generosity makes a significant difference to ELI and is supporting 700+ vulnerable children and families to create positive nurturing home learning environments in spite of Covid-19…” Dr Josephine Bleach, Director, Early Learning Initiative (ELI)
Below are several examples of basis.point partners already making an impact:
- Young parents living in temporary accommodation are receiving daily telephone support and safe, clean transportable play mats through the ELI. Home visitors can now continue to support families remotely in Dublin Docklands, Dublin North Inner City, Ballinasloe, Co Galway and County Louth.
- 35 Laptops are being delivered to Deis School Leaving Cert Students so they can continue their studies in these very uncertain times as part of the Tech2Students campaign with Camara.
- 2000 packs of fresh fruit and vegetables will be delivered by Good Grub to Deis school families struggling to put food on the table throughout Ireland. Watch video about the work Good Grub is doing.
- 26 vulnerable families in Dublin are already receiving weekly food parcels through the Belvedere Youth Club. In some cases, where there are no kitchen facilities this is happening daily.
- 200 marginalised families in the Limerick area will be receiving food and hygiene hampers along with activity packs through the Limerick Youth Service Centre
- More than 100 age appropriate activitypacks from the Peter McVerry Trust for children isolating in their temporary accommodation hubs are starting to be delivered
- Your support will help Barnardos continue to engage with children and families across the country – many are living with domestic abuse, parental mental health challenges, neglect, family breakdown and addiction – now with no escape.
- Your donations will help Focus Ireland continue working withfamilies struggling to break the cycle of homelessness, provide expert case management and transition families with complex needs into new homes where they can self-isolate without these additional anxieties.
The plight of such vulnerable families is a sobering one, yet each of us can play a part in helping these children and their families at this time of crisis.
"In the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we can put supports in place to ensure that children, young people and families who are already impacted by homelessness are not disproportionately impacted by the new crisis” Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust
Can your organisation help?
Please get in touch with Edel O'Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org if your organisation might be interested in making a corporate donation or organising a fundraising initiative for the emergency fund.
Thank you sincerely for taking action. Please help us to go the extra mile.