For Immediate Release: March 16, 2020
NDWA Contact: Nidya Sarria-King, [email protected]
Washington, DC — The National Domestic Workers Alliance is launching the Coronavirus Care Fund, an emergency relief fund for domestic workers facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the fund is to raise $4,000,000 to support 10,000 workers. People can donate here starting at 10:30 am ET on Monday, March 16th.
Domestic workers are on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak, caring for homes and families, including those most at risk to the virus. Their job is to provide care for people in need. Yet, like the 40% of Americans that can’t afford a $400 emergency, they are more likely to be working without benefits, and have no savings to stock up on groceries, buy cleaning supplies, or take time off from work.
“Domestic workers are being forced to navigate this crisis alone and without a safety net. Donations to the Coronavirus Care Fund will provide emergency assistance to nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers who need help right now, giving them the stability they need to stay home and be a part of the solution to this crisis,” said National Domestic Workers Alliance executive director Ai-jen Poo.
“Many nannies, who take care of our children, are still expected to show up to work or risk being fired without notice. House cleaners, who are cleaning and disinfecting our homes, are struggling to get protective supplies, and seeing a drastic increase in last-minute cancellations and some have already seen their income cut in half. Meanwhile, home care workers are working round the clock to care for some of the people most vulnerable to coronavirus, older people and people with chronic illnesses.
“Low-wage workers are hit the hardest by any national crisis, including this pandemic. Poverty will be a decisive factor in how this virus will spread in the months to come. Staying home from work is an impossible choice for far too many Americans who can barely make ends meet.
“A safety net is a necessity. That’s why we developed Alia in 2018, the first ever online platform that helps domestic workers get benefits like paid time off and insurance. Alia will administer the Fund to domestic workers in need across the country.
“Care is a shared responsibility. Our own health depends on the health of the person next to us, and the person next to them. Times like these remind us how connected we all are. We believe people will appreciate the opportunity to show care for the people who care for us.“
Fundraising will start on Monday, March 16 at 10:30 am ET with a goal of raising $4 million to support domestic workers in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. Funds will be administered to domestic workers via Alia, the online platform originally designed for domestic workers to accrue paid time off.
NDWA anticipates the funds will provide urgently needed support to workers to stay home, care for themselves or loved ones if they are sick, gain access to safe cleaning supplies or meet other needs that enable them to protect themselves and help slow the spread of the virus.
82 percent of domestic workers lack paid sick days, making them more likely to go to work sick or losing their financial stability if they don’t. According to the Home Economics Report, 25 percent of domestic workers fired from their jobs indicate their firing was due to their request to take time off, 22 percent were fired for actually taking time off, and 20 percent were discharged for missing work to take care of themselves or a family member.
About National Domestic Workers Alliance:
(NDWA) is the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. NDWA is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations and local chapters and by a growing membership base of nannies, house cleaners and care workers in over 20 states. NDWA has created Alia, an online platform to help domestic workers access benefits, not otherwise granted to them, in addition to proposing a National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights with Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Learn more about the domestic workers movement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.