In a time of widespread economic instability, social inequity, and xenophobia, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our community members who are undocumented and work in temporary or low-wage jobs, are left without access to sick leave, unemployment or federal aid. Day laborers in Oakland and all across the nation do not have the privilege and luxury to stay home, they simply can’t afford it. They are fully taking on the burden of this crisis right now and for the foreseeable future. Additionally, there is an increased fear of leaving home to access food, resources, and healthcare due to police response and enforcement of the shelter-in-place order. Please help us support our community members during this difficult time.
80% of money raised will be distributed directly to day laborers and low-wage immigrant workers in need of financial support. Priority will be given to day laborers, and community members that have previously accessed Street Level services. We hope to raise enough funds to distribute a meaningful amount of at least several hundred dollars to each household. 20% of the funds raised will go towards sustaining Street Level Health Project’s programs and staff to weather this time of transition. Street Level Health Project is a women of color led organization, and almost all of our staff are immigrants or children of immigrants themselves. Funds will allow us to prioritize staff well-being and continue to serve as a vital community resource. Additionally, we have also joined efforts with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and other local community partners, including Centro Legal de la Raza, in Oakland to help raise funds for the broader immigrant community.
Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based community center that serves hundreds of day laborers, undocumented individuals and low-wage immigrant workers in Alameda County. Known to many as “the safety net of the safety net”, Street Level offers health screenings, street outreach, and drop-in services, while fighting at the state and local level for workers’ rights and equitable access to healthcare. The Oakland Workers’ Collective, better known to workers as “La Colectiva”, is an established worker collective at Street Level Health that creates pathways to safe and dignified employment. Our model incorporates vocational training, employment linkage, wage advocacy, and civic engagement. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, Street Level has served as an information hub, reaching out to hundreds of our community members and offering resources, information, and support.
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Campaign update: We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for contributing $10,000! And to the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for starting us off with a donation of $5,000!
If you are financially able to donate generously, it is deeply appreciated and will go a long way. Spread the word. Share this post widely. Thank you for your support!
Want to send a check instead? Please make your check out to:
Street Level Health Project
Mail to: 3125 East 15th Street, Suite B, Oakland CA, 94601
Memo: SLHP COVID-19 Fund