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Beyoncé's BeyGOOD Foundation Announces $6M COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Beyoncé is stepping in to help support COVID-19 relief efforts by providing medical resources and increased access to mental health services in the country’s hardest hit areas. The 24-time GRAMMY winner's BeyGOOD foundation has announced a largescale plan of support to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with the help of local organizations and non-profits.
In a statement on her website, the foundation wrote, "Communities of color are suffering by epic proportions due to COVID-19. Many families live in underserved areas with homes that make it harder to practice social distancing."
"Communities were already lacking funds for education, health and housing are now faced with alarming infection rates and fatalities. And these communities lack access to testing and equitable healthcare."
Considering these issues, the artist’s BeyGOOD foundation will support organizations working on-the-ground towards coronavirus relief initiatives, including providing necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, medicines, face masks and personal hygiene products to some of the country’s hardest hit areas. Amongst the organizations involved are Matthew 25, No Kid Hungry, United Memorial Medical Center, World Central Kitchen and others.
In addition to supporting community-based organizations, BeyGOOD is collaborating alongside Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s Start Small Fund to donate $6M to mental health and wellness services in Houston, New York, Detroit and New Orleans through partnerships with UCLA and the National Alliance in Mental Illness. Dorsey’s Start Small fund put forth $1B to COVID-19 relief funds last month.
Closing out the statement, they wrote "These are unprecedented times and it will take our collective effort to make a difference."
You can find out more information about Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD foundation and see the statement at their website.