Fellows’ Responses to
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.
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.
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?
Working Paper: Prevent, Detect, Respond: Rapidly expanding healthcare teams through community health workers in the fight against COVID-19
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
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
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/
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/
Weird Enough Productions
Fellow: Tony Weaver
To support parents, teachers, and students impacted by COVID-19 school closures, Weird Enough Productions has made over 400 pages of comics and lesson plans free.
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 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
Additionally, the Detroit Justice Center filed a federal class action lawsuit to get medically vulnerable people released from the Wayne County Jail and protect the health of incarcerated people: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/05/wayne-county-jail-coronavirus-lawsuit-medically-vulnerable-inmates/3076656001/. Amanda Alexander also wrote an op-ed on Imagining a Post-Pandemic Era with Less Policing and No New Jails.
Community Justice Project
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
Fellow: Blair Glencorse
Accountability Lab is countering misinformation and debunking rumors around COVID-19 in six countries in local languages (Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Mali, Niger and Liberia). They put out regular bulletins and voice notes that are used by hundreds of organizations and local governments to keep citizens informed about issues related to the crisis and how to navigate it. They are also used by DJs at community radio stations as the basis for Q&A shows with listeners? The goal is to rebuild trust. http://www.accountabilitylab.org/coronavirus-civacts-campaign/
Disaster Accountability Project
Fellow: Ben Smilowitz
Disaster Accountability Project is focused on: 1) Improving aid effectiveness and advancing localization by curating and promoting a global, data-driven “how to help” list of organizations responding to COVID-19. 2) Advocating for solutions to critical gaps, such as PPE and testing shortages and leadership failures. For example, introducing and advocating for an “Emergency Production Act for States” described here: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/497700-congress-must-think-outside-the-box-on-addressing-ppe-and-test
Op-ed: Grocers Must Do More To Limit Foot Traffic in Stores, https://link.medium.com/jPXUFiGcG5
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”
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
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
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
Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC has been providing support to 100 students and families negatively impacted by COVID-19. Over the past few months they have been providing academic, social, and emotional support to students, while at the same time, providing emotional support and cash assistance to families who have been financially impacted.
Fellow: Reyna Montoya
Aliento found their community experiencing new financial, educational, and emotional stressors amid COVID-19. That is why they developed three new projects: a relief fund for undocumented and mixed-status families to mitigate the financial stressors; bilingual resource guides and laptop drives to help students navigate the tech divide and educational stressors; as well as virtual convenings and healing workshops to provide emotional support to their community in times of severe isolation. https://www.alientoaz.org/c19
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
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/
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
FFI has been tracking on a new COVID-19 section of their map the number and locations of confirmed cases in addition to ICE?s dangerous response to this pandemic (bit.ly/2B7d0Al). FFI owns and operates a safe-house in Louisiana, so they also have been bonding people out of detention and supporting them post-release. Their nationwide documentation has helped them advocate for two bills in Congress and a new budget proposal in California (bit.ly/3c5Zzxg).
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/
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
Low Carbon City is building resilience by providing a safe, intermediate tool connecting vulnerable families with accommodating families and health professionals. They are also providing basic food necessities to those most vulnerable amid the crisis, mitigating the negative effects of malnutrition, as well as directing the attention of mental health professionals to women and their families, accompanied with a resilience kit.
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
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
Since March, Pay Our Interns’ focus has been on ensuring interns from all backgrounds have the support and money to pay their bills. They first started by conducting a survey so they could better understand what the issues were and how to best help. From there they launched #SaveInternships campaign alongside Symba, a women of color-founded tech company that has an internship software. They have been working with organizations on switching to remote internships, and they also launched a relief fund to give direct cash.
Khainza Energy Limited
Fellow: Arthur Woniala
According to the Clean Cooking Alliance, people who are exposed to smoke are more likely to get infected with COVID-19 than their counterparts in clean environments. Khainza Energy offers safe and convenient delivery of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to elderly women who have been previously diagnosed with respiratory infections such as tuberculosis and asthma. For additional safety, their cylinders are sanitized at delivery, with orders and payments made remotely via online platforms.
Good Call Limited
With a recent rise in cases of violent arrests and discriminatory policing throughout NYC one thing is clear: access to immediate and reliable legal support is more important than ever. Good Call wants to use this time to launch a digital outreach campaign to make everyone aware of their arrest support service, expand the legal resources they offer by creating an online web tool for COVID-related legal services, and continue their internship program with system-impacted youth virtually.
Movement Law Lab
Fellow: Purvi Shah
Movement Law Lab is organizing a network of hundreds of housing lawyers across the U.S. to use law to cancel rent and defend tenants from evictions. They are doing this in partnership with the Right to the City Alliance?a national network of over 50 grassroots tenant organizations. Movement Law Lab’s role is to build a rapid-response network of housing lawyers to support the nearly 30 millions people potentially facing eviction and displacement due to COVID-19.
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 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 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.
Fellow: Yscaira Jimenez
In partnership with the City of San Francisco, LaborX is working on launching a pledge campaign to get companies to hire low-opportunity trained talent from local workforce training partners (vocational, pre-apprenticeships, bootcamps, community colleges). This campaign will include education (how local hiring impacts local communities, housing, etc.), training (offered to front-line managers looking to become opportunity employers), and a local, diverse talent pipeline from workforce programs.
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
Fellow: Alejandro Gibes de Gac
Springboard Collaborative launched a free resource portal featuring tools such as a four-week learn-at-home plan for parents and family engagement plans for teachers. They are also scaling up their home literacy app, Springboard Connect, and making it free to families. Finally, they developed a new virtual offering, Springboard Learning Accelerator. SLAs provide structure, support, and resources for educators and families to set and achieve reading goals within a 5-10-week period.
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/
Fellow: Jessica Mayberry
In India, vast numbers of day laborers, migrants, and others have been further impoverished by the COVID-19 lock down. People have walked across the country by foot in blazing heat only to be put into quarantine centers with no food and water. More than half of Video Voluneers’ 200 correspondents and many staff have been deeply involved in relief, helping more than 91,000 families access rations and interface with the government. Video Volunteers started a new YouTube show Corona GroundStories, dedicated to surfacing the needs and experiences of the poor in this unprecedented crisis. They are starting a community readiness survey in the areas where we work and another program called CHAT (Community Health Action Teams) designed to rally the community for better governance in the area of health. See Jessica explaining VV’s Covid response https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xo3e0DHgM. See the effects of COVID on India’s vast rural population in our YouTube show: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60GAnFL6tn3Sjv00VYUfHIc8Ums3ji5v. Read Jessica’s article in News Laundry on how COVID presents an opportunity for citizens to demand greater investment in rural health care. https://www.newslaundry.com/author/jessica-mayberry
Noora Health’s COVID-19 response is centered on driving positive behavior change in as many at-risk communities as quickly as possible and has four key elements: well-designed content in multiple mediums (video, audio, print etc., in eight languages and free to download); training front-line workers (both healthcare/non-healthcare); mobile-phone follow-up; and research to inform development. More detail can be found on their website at https://www.noorahealthcovid19.org/response
Fellow: Philip Kao
Appleseed is offering guidance to social entrepreneurs experiencing challenges communicating with their customers and/or constituents during COVID-19. Appleseed’s core competencies are behavioral change, global development issues, and remote communications, so the team can advise on behavioral marketing as enterprises adapt their strategies in the pandemic. Leaders addressing global development issues in low-income countries may benefit from direction on fostering behavioral change in their audiences.
Fellow: William Evans
Neighborhood Benches is responding to increases in police brutality against communities of color in the enforcement of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, especially in New York, where the organization is based. Neighborhood Benches is engaging community leaders in Black and Brown communities—including other Echoing Green Fellows—in discussions around strategies to highlight reports of excessive force by police offers and to foster healing in communities of color. They intend to mobilize leaders to demand accountability among police officers and to replace policing with restorative practitioners who can encourage safe behaviors in communities.
Fellow: Kristina Hugar
Ecolectro is drawing upon its team’s unique set of skills and expertise to pivot operations in response to COVID-19. Ecolectro’s mission is to use chemistry to decarbonize the energy, manufacturing and transportation industries. The Ecolectro team of chemists are well-positioned to now manufacture hand sanitizer, following FDA and WHO guidelines. While they began manufacturing for New York state, they have expanded their operations and can now ship to 48 U.S. states. Businesses or individuals interested in obtaining hand sanitizer can inquire here: https://www.ecolectro.com/ecolectro-and-covid-19