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Fellows’ Responses to COVID-19

This is a living document that aggregates known Echoing Green Fellows’ responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic, spanning work that addresses the crisis from innumerable angles.

Much of this information is sourced directly from our Fellows, but also from their public statements and social media posts. As the situation and our community members’ response is rapidly changing, always check organizational websites and social media platforms for the most recent updates.

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Last Mile Health

Fellow: Raj Panjabi

As learned during the West African Ebola outbreak, primary healthcare services are often interrupted or even suspended during times of crisis. Last Mile Health is deeply committed to supporting their local partners to prepare for and respond to the spread of COVID-19, and ensure health workers can keep safe and keep serving their communities.
https://lastmilehealth.org/last-mile-health-covid19-response/

Five Key Lessons from Ebola That Can Help Us Win Against Coronavirus, Everywhere: https://time.com/5806459/five-key-lessons-from-ebola-that-can-help-us-win-against-coronavirus-everywhere/

What If Jobless U.S. Workers Were Hired to Fight Coronavirus?
https://elemental.medium.com/op-ed-what-if-americans-unemployed-by-coronavirus-could-be-hired-to-fight-it-8066ac4434e0

Working Paper: Prevent, Detect, Respond: Rapidly expanding healthcare teams through community health workers in the fight against COVID-19
http://lastmilehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Prevent-Detect-Respond-Rapidly-expanding-healthcare-teams-through-community-health-workers-in-the-fight-against-COVID-19.pdf

Medic Mobile

Fellows: Isaac Holeman and Josh Nesbit

Medic Mobile launched and stewards the Community Health Toolkit, a collaborative effort to support the development of digital health initiatives in the hardest-to-reach areas. In a recent statement, they shared “Medic Mobile has been focused on supporting global preparedness and response efforts in solidarity with the partners, health workers and communities that we serve.” Their response includes working closely with Ministry of Health partners, evolving existing digital health systems, and coordinating with the wider digital health community. https://medicmobile.org/blog/covid-19-and-medic-mobiles-response

Care Message

Fellow: Vineet Singal

Millions of underserved patients are being messaged using Care Message during the pandemic. In addition to continuing to serve their clients, Care Message has made their covid-19 Message Library and Patient Communication Strategy documents public to be used by all organizations. From Vineet: “Our core low-income, chronically ill patient population is particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, effective early intervention is necessary to address the impact of COVID-19 on this population and the broader healthcare system. In response, CareMessage has formed a COVID-19 Task Force to prioritize prevention, coordination, and mitigation of the virus.” https://www.caremessage.org/blog/post/response-to-covid19-from-the-caremessage-team

Chordoma Foundation

Fellow: Josh Sommer

The Chordoma Foundation and their Medical Advisory Board is providing guidance and support to chordoma patients: https://www.chordomafoundation.org/learn/coronavirus-covid-19-and-chordoma/

Tarjimly

Fellows: Atif Javed and Aziz Alghunaim

Refugees & immigrants are some of the hardest hit by this virus because there is still a massive information gap for non-English speakers. Tarjimly is offering free translation & interpretation in 60+ languages to help with this public health crisis, supporting health workers treating coronavirus patients, notably already working with Harvard Med, the Seattle Flu Study, and Norwegian Health. They’re encouraging their supporters to share their website and app with health workers and people getting information out to immigrant, refugee, non-English speaking communities. Bilinguals can sign up to be volunteer translators. https://www.tarjim.ly/

MyH20

Fellow: Charlene Ren

MyH20 has been on the ground sharing information and advocating for the needs of rural communities in China http://www.myh2o.org/

Weird Enough Productions

Fellow: Tony Weaver

Weird Enough Productions, a national nonprofit using comics for social good, is making over 400 pages of comics, lesson plans, and activities free on their website. “It’s the right thing to do.” Says Executive Director, Tony Weaver, Jr. “Teachers are working with limited resources and now more than ever, students need something positive. Graphic novels have been proven to increase student literacy and engagement at record levels, and right now, I think we all could use an escape.” Their creative team is also doing visits to virtual classrooms. https://weirdenoughproductions.com/

Talking Points

Fellow: Heejae Lim

TalkingPoints provides a family engagement platform with two-way translation, coaching and content. They are offering TalkingPoints for Schools and Districts site licenses for free through the end of the school year to high-need schools and districts. https://talkingpts.org/here-to-help-talkingpoints-for-schools-and-districts-free/1383/

Coworker.org

Fellows: Michelle Miller and Jess Kutch

Coworker.org is a global platform for employees to run workplace campaigns, share information, and learn organizing strategies from one another. With millions of employees in crisis, Coworker.org is aggregating organizing efforts related to coronavirus: https://www.coworker.org/categories/coronavirus They are also providing worker resources via their medium account: https://medium.com/@TeamCoworker

Detroit Justice Center

Fellow: Amanda Alexander

Detroit Justice Center is intensely focused on advocacy and action in the US state of Michigan on evictions, foreclosures, jail releases/reducing jail and prison populations, and more. https://www.detroitjustice.org/blog/covid19

Additional ongoing policy demands as part of a consortium of community-based organizations at https://micovidcommunity.com/

Op-Ed: Coronavirus policy must account for those in Michigan jails and prisons
https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2020/03/22/coronavirus-michigan-jails-and-prisons/2887200001/

Community Justice Project

Fellows: Alana Greer and Meena Jagannath

Community Justice Project is collaborating with other Florida grassroots organizations aggregating emerging priorities and calls to action from their communities. Their response centers and supports marginalized communities who are already feeling the devastating economic impact of this pandemic. http://communityjusticeproject.com/covid19 Emerging Community Priorities from Florida Grassroots Organizations: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD2XHju5VU/IVEhJUiSRHcz5Jg3R6qxlw/view 

No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

Fellow: Bill Shore

Nearly 22 million low-income kids from communities across the US rely on the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. No Kid Hungry is providing funding to school districts, food banks and local organizations to distribute meals, as well as organizing policy advocacy. https://www.nokidhungry.org/coronavirus

Accountability Lab

Fellow: Blair Glencorse 

Accountability Lab has begun a process to debunk rumors and validate information at the community level in Nepal, Pakistan, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa. Every day, the Lab is collecting rumors from communities, gathering validated information to debunk these rumors and including this information in bulletins that are sent out as infographics to citizens, through whatsapp groups, to local government offices and to community radio DJs who are using them as the basis for Q and A shows with listeners. The bulletins are in local languages (Nepali, Urdu, Bambara, Hausa, Afrikaans and Xhosa) and are reaching 5million+ people every day. http://www.accountabilitylab.org/coronavirus-civacts-campaign/

Lessons from the Ebola Crisis: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/03/what-fight-against-ebola-can-teach-us-about-beating-coronavirus/#comments-wrapper

Disaster Accountability Project

Fellow: Ben Smilowitz

Disaster Accountability Project is advocating for policymakers to address gaps and improve the U.S. response and curated, a growing, global “how to help” lists to elevate the visibility of local NGOs around the world and their role on the front-line of the response to COVID-19. This information can be found at SmartResponse.org and http://disasteraccountability.org/

Op-ed: Grocers Must Do More To Limit Foot Traffic in Stores, https://link.medium.com/jPXUFiGcG5

Frontier Markets

Fellow: Ajaita Shah

Frontier Markets is actively seeking partnerships with supply partners who need to distribute sanitation and health supplies in rural India using their reach and infrastructure. She says: “we have access to 2000 villages, over 2.1 MN people, with 2000 Sahelis, a team of over 100+ people and 13 branches in Rajasthan – in Alwar, Dholpur, and Ajmer – we are keen on identifying supply partners that would want to work in partnership to create preventive measures for the rural poor who are more vulnerable because of lack of equipment to protect themselves”
https://frontiermkts.com/

Peace First

Fellow: Eric Dawson

Peace First supports young people 13 – 25 in 140 countries to imagine and create new social innovations to solve community problems. Because their work is digital (a digital design platform where young people can build their programs, collaborate with others, receive mentoring, and potentially receive grants to start-up and scale their solutions) they are preparing for a huge increase in supporting youth who are out of school, worried, and want to do something positive, especially around the secondary effects of the virus – social isolation, xenophobia, mental health issues. Rapid response grants and support are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world. As of April 4, 2020, over 1,200 youth teams (and counting) from around the globe have raised their hands to lead social innovation to support their communities through the pandemic. More information about their response here and http://www.peacefirst.org

OneDegree

Fellow: Rey Faustino

One Degree, a nonprofit running a digital platform built for families of low-income in California to find and access social services and community resources, has created an updated guide with COVID-related updates to crucial social services. https://www.1degree.org/ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vkSlleeLv_QZLSFwdXxEtlt7Wugp-AFuy50V7AsBaD4/view

10Power

Fellow: Sandra Kwak

10Power is advocating for and sharing resources on the need for Mutual Aid “The opportunity at this moment is to build resilient social infrastructure through mutual aid to respond effectively to the current Covid-19 crisis and the larger, ongoing crisis of climate change.” https://medium.com/@10Pwr/opportunity-in-the-covid-19-crisis-creating-resilient-global-community-6f73850d0722

Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC

Fellow: Oluwatoyin Ayanfodun

TLNYC helps over-age middle school students overcome social, emotional, and academic challenges to become positive and productive leaders of their community. They are working to bring support resources to this community by launching a COVID-19 Leadership portal, aggregating social services updates, enrichment resources, and producing digital self-care events http://www.tlnyc.org/covid19

Aliento

Fellow: Reyna Montoya

Aliento is supporting the wellbeing of DACA/undocumented and mixed status families with relief/support checks, mental health resources, and important updates. Aliento has published a resource guide for COVID-19. The guide includes information on USCIS closures, guidance on applying for unemployment insurance using the CARES Act, and how to complete the census. https://www.alientoaz.org/c19

In response to the exclusion of DACA/undocumented and mixed status families from receiving federal relief, Aliento is fundraising to cover costs of rent and utilities of those in need with $500 support checks. Contributions can be made here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/relief4mixed?refcode=over20&amount=50

Additionally, Aliento requests that — if you know anyone in Arizona who was left out of the stimulus package — you share the following link to complete their community survey for support: bit.ly/comunidadaz

Full Frame Initiative

Fellow: Katya Fels Smyth

Generating COVID-19 specific wellbeing and social connectedness resources for individuals (including frontline workers and organizations) https://fullframeinitiative.org/

GirlTrek

Fellows: Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

GirlTrek, deeply committed to the health and wellbeing of Black women and girls, has altered its programming to better align to the needs of the moment. They have put their walking programs and protests on hold, but are encouraging their members to maintain 30 minutes of self-care per day. They have established a help-line Fellow: 855-GRL-TREK and have established the GirlTrek Gives Back Fund to support members facing extraordinary financial hardship. They have earmarked $100,000 to support trekkers and are planning to provide 3-5 grants per week. Members can apply here: https://girltrek.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6aa11fa786466642f2188db2e&id=d37be43b5f&e=fdadd85448

RefugePoint

Fellow: Sasha Chanoff

RefugePoint is filling key information gaps for refugees in Kenya by leveraging their robust network of Community Navigators. Their staff in Nairobi are in touch with clients through outreach and bulk SMS messages to provide critical information about hygiene, handwashing, and resources. https://www.refugepoint.org/refugepoints-response-to-covid-19/

Thread

Fellow: Sarah Hemminger

Thread staff and volunteers have been addressing the food insecurity of their students’ families in the Baltimore area by buying and delivering groceries to families in need without two weeks of food at home. “These efforts, coupled with the sharing of community resources, have temporarily decreased the fear of food insecurity and allowed people to focus on developing a plan that will help guide them through this uncertain time.” https://mailchi.mp/thread/rsvp-reminder-october-threadtalk-3258189?e=d14e2d7d53

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP)

Fellow: Swapna Reddy

ASAP has been providing remote legal assistance to asylum seekers since 2015 and has aggregated their learnings about best practices for remote legal assistance for usage by organizations who are new to or pivoting to providing services in that way. https://asylumadvocacy.org/resource/remote-legal-aid/

Freedom for Immigrants

Fellows: Christina Mansfield and Christina Fialho

Freedom for Immigrants is deeply concerned that the government’s response to COVID-19 will only result in more harm to vulnerable populations inside jails and prisons, especially US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fellow: ICE detention centers. They are, with a coalition of partners, mobilizing a national advocacy campaign for the immediate release of individuals from these centers: http://bit.ly/flattenICE and https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/

Invest Sou Sou

Fellow: Fonta Gilliam

Capital Connector uses AI to help local governments connect small businesses to the right lender or business support service at the right time. The Washington DC Government is using this platform, DC Capital Connector, as a way to drive small business recovery assistance and support services to small businesses that have been hard hit by the covid-19 crisis, and Invest Sou Sou will be expanding this initiative nationwide soon. https://dccapitalconnector.com/

PRIME

Fellow: Sarah Kearney

Prime Coalition is a nonprofit public charity that partners with philanthropists to invest capital into market-based solutions to climate change. As a result of COVID-19, Prime Coalition has signed onto a public commitment to adjust existing milestones and extensions.They are also pledging to not pull-back on their investment strategies. https://cleanenergyventures.com/investor-open-letter-coronavirus/

Low Carbon City

Fellows: Juliana Gutiérrez and Juan Manuel Restrepo Cadavid

Low Carbon City is a citizen-led global platform that builds collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities. They have developed a toolkit Fellow: written in Spanish to support the resilience of the health, wellbeing, and leisure of their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://lowcarbon.city/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Kit-Resiliencia-en-tiempos-de-Covid19-herramientas-para-estar-en-casa.pdf?fbclid=IwAR13tPgrHSeinVqcbU7oBJc77bpo03n7BJiP8dt2ST2U2wqNYvNRBMFJjT8

GreenWave

Fellow: Bren Smith

GreenWave supports a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators working to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change and build a blue-green economy. They do this by providing education, floating classroom job training, and tools to support ocean farmers. They are offering a suite of resources for their farmers and small business owners, including a webinar on financial management during COVID-19, as well as curating a list of references and guides applicable to their participants. “Aquaculture Farm Financial Management During the Pandemic” https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5YrcOGrqjwoYbdKiwtZndUiXwiN2U5EvA

HBCUvc

Fellow: Hadiyah Mujhid

HBCUvc improves access to investment capital for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs by expanding venture capital networks to include Black and Hispanic university students and alumni networks. They have started a COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to support students experiencing hardship during the pandemic. While focused on HBCU students, they are open to applications from any student experiencing hardship. http://hbcuathome.com and donate here: https://hbcuvc.wedid.it/campaigns/7456

Pay Our Interns

Fellow: Carlos Mark Vera

Pay Our Interns creates a pathway to public service for underrepresented communities in the United States by advocating for funding from federal, state, and local governments for paid internships. With nearly 1 million internships likely to be cancelled this summer due to the pandemic, Pay Our Interns has teamed up with Symba to ease student financial burden experienced as a result of cancelled internships. Their goal is to offer $2k-$3k in stipends per qualifying applicant. Donate here:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/poifund 

Khainza Energy Limited

Fellow: Arthur Woniala

Khainza Energy supports rural households by generating clean, affordable, and sustainable fuel using high-quality biogas. They are leveraging their resources and networks to deliver crucial resources to marginalized populations. Through their work, their reach up to 500 households and support 2,000 people – to support the response to COVID-19, they are using their distribution of biogas and biquettes to distribute flyers, brochures, and stickers from the Ministry of Health to increase the spread of critical public safety information. Their goal is to reach 70,000 households within 30 days and a half million people by the end of June. https://khainzaenergy.com/blog-post.html#khainza-energy’s-strategy-to-support-communities-during-covid-19

Good Call Limited

Fellows: Jelani Anglin and Gabriel Leader-Rose

Good Call seeks to reduce mass incarceration and empower communities that are marginalized by the criminal justice system by ensuring people who are arrested have access to a free, tech-enabled 24/7 hotline to connect with immediate legal help. In response to COVID-19, they are using their resources to monitor the criminal legal systems response to COVID-19, adding lawyers to their hotline, and connecting with their callers regarding disproportionate law enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Movement Law Lab

Fellow: Purvi Shah

Movement Law Lab is building a new generation of legal visionaries to tackle America’s toughest racial justice challenges. They help social movements build power, get their ventures off the ground, and grow to scale through an incubator for legal innovations. They are helping organize lawyers around the world to respond to COVID-19 pandemic by connecting and sharing the challenges of marginalized and vulnerable communities. Their specific focus is on advocating for housing justice such as eviction and rent moratoriums and rent forgiveness – this particularly important for homeless communities that struggle with their ability to find shelter and lower the pandemic spread.

BOND (Building Our Nation’s Daughters)

Fellow: Ateira Griffin

BOND is a single-mother mentoring program in Baltimore that works to cultivate positive mother-daughter relationships, strengthen single-mother families, and lead advocacy efforts to ensure every single-mother household has equitable access to opportunities. BOND has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing food access to fruits, vegetables, and herbs to promote healthy eating during the quarantine. Additionally, they have created a CAFE session forum for their community to share lessons learned during the quarantine and are hosting live conversations on various topics to support single-mothers during these difficult times such as financial management, teaching methods, and others.

Farmerline

Fellows: Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai

Farmerline builds mobile voice services that provide timely and improved agricultural information access and better communication channels to small-scale farmers and agricultural workers through their mobile phones in local languages. Farmerline is reaching out to their farmers across Ghana through mobile voice messages to spread awareness and provide vital information about COVID-19 in local languages. So far, they have contacted 7,844 farmers with COVID-19 tips. They are recruiting volunteers to record voice messages in 13 additional local languages. https://farmerline.co/2020/04/06/covid-19-how-we-are-working-to-keep-farmers-and-employees-safe/

Project Equity

Fellows: Hillary Abell and Alison Lingane

Project Equity builds resilience in low-income communities by developing scalable cooperative businesses, and creating local entrepreneurial ecosystems that increase worker ownership. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Equity views this crisis as an opportunity to think creatively about incorporating employee ownership into national and local economic recovery dialogues and agendas so that communities nationwide can rebound and rebuild with greater equity. 

LaborX

Fellow: Yscaira Jimenez

LaborX creates a pathway out of poverty for young people without college degrees by matching them with job training and employment through an online marketplace for talent. In response to COVID-19, they are seeking to connect vulnerable jobseekers and those who lost employment during the pandemic to virtual employment opportunities (internships, apprenticeships, etc.) and are seeking employers who can expand their virtual job opportunities.

Accountability Counsel

Fellow: Natalie Bridgeman Fields

Accountability Counsel partners with communities harmed by international finance and development projects to hold international institutions and corporations accountable and to develop new accountability systems where none exist. They have witnessed an unprecedented pace and volume of money flowing through international finance systems and recognize the critical need to ensure transparency and accountability of these financial flows to that the money is delivered where it’s needed – and doesn’t undermine the rights of the people the funds are intended to serve. Their team has released a blog post highlighting methods to keep funds grounded in rights-based relationships and are working with government officials, development banks, and the private sector to advance accountability of COVID-19 funds. https://www.accountabilitycounsel.org/2020/04/fast-tracked-covid-19-financing-requires-communities-expertise-to-succeed/?utm_source=AC+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=4c9727a3e1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_06_08_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e9e87d08cb-4c9727a3e1-41552779

Springboard Collaborative

Fellow: Alejandro Gibes de Gac 

As Springboard Collaborative closes the literacy gap by combining targeted instruction and parent training with incentives for student success, it coaches teachers in data-driven instruction and family engagement. It recognizes that COVID-19 is now exacerbating a tech gap in addition to an existing literacy gap. Distance learning is not viable for all children because of disparity in technology access, closely tied to systemic inequity throughout the US. Springboard Collaborative is advising teachers on building online classrooms and digital literacy for students. However, the team also recognizes that these uncertain times will make learning difficult for many, and encourages teachers to adopt healing-centered engagement approaches – including virtual wellness check-ins with families. https://www.springboardcollaborative.org/the-digital-divide-during-covid-19/

Creative Reaction Lab

Fellow: Antionette Carroll

Creative Reaction Lab focuses on educating, training and challenging Black and Latinx youth to become leaders designing healthy and racially equitable communities. As a response to the heightened structural inequities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Creative Reaction Lab is launching the Youth Creative Leadership Fund Fellow: YCLF to financially assist Black and LatinX youth, their families, and their community members. Up to 20 young individuals will be selected to each receive $100 across three categories: Self-Care + Personal Finances, Creative Expression for Community Support, or Pass it On.

More information here: bit.ly/YCLFopportunity CRXLab also encourages anyone interesting in donating to YCLF to visit https://www.creativereactionlab.com/support-us. 100% of the donated funds will be used to increase its current financial capacity to help more youth during COVID-19.

The Op Ed Project

Fellow: Katie Orenstein 

The Op Ed Project is transforming the national conversation by providing channels for women experts to be published in the op-ed pages of top newspapers, online sites, and other key forums of public debate.  The Op Ed Project wants to ensure that those most impacted by COVID-19 are included in the story and the solution. Because they seek to “overrepresent the underrepresented,” they have been sharing resources — many free of charge — including webinars open to all, regardless of means. Among these are “How to Write and Pitch an Op-ed During COVID-19 and Beyond” and “Getting Public Health Information to the Public – Fast Tips in the pandemic.” https://www.theopedproject.org/