Perdí mi trabajo por segunda vez en este año porque el Gobernador de Texas volvió a cerrar los bares y clubes debido al COVID-19.
Tengo 15 años trabajando como DJ y nunca me había pasado algo así. Soy divorciada y tengo un niño de 12 años,por lo cual mi preocupación es mayor.

Event planner for social impact and community outreach, contract worker for non-profits, career focused on resource accessibility for marginalized communities.

Hi! Thank you for the opportunity for myself and also for so many others that have been impacted. Resources like this is what serves our communities and I am so happy to see opportunities like this for so many people that are dealing with such hardship. I freelance on work on projects, live events, and programming and production, all surrounding social impact efforts, increasing resource accessibility for marginalized communities, and community outreach for non-profits and private sector.
As soon as the COVID shutdown hit in NYC in late March, all my gigs ended and even future gigs were cancelled (a lot of them were live events that take months and months of programming and planning). One of my clients has completely gone out of business, so I know there will be no return for that work. And a lot of the rest relied on live events – which now it is pretty obvious that that world won’t return until another year. At first I thought, as so many others, this will last a few months. But now it is much clearer that it will have a long-lasting impact on myself and so many others.
My partner is an essential worker in a supermarket, and both of our salaries are needed in order to cover costs of living. As soon as we lost my income, we had to either resort to not paying bills, and also using our credit cards too much for the purchase of groceries and essentials (soap, hand sanitizer, things like that to keep us safe – especially as my husband is an essential worker and we didn’t want to forego on buying things that will protect our lives so we just have been putting them on credit cards). We are absolutely fortunate that he still has an income, but the added stress and trauma of him working in an unsafe environment has cost us a lot – physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. We applied for state benefits including SNAP, but it has taken MONTHS to process. They miscalculated our income which led to a denial and we had to request for a fair hearing to re-evaluate it since they made a mistake (which they admitted to). So now our application has gone back into processing, which could take additional months until it is determined. I applied way back in April.
The length of the financial stress is lasting longer than I previously thought and I just cannot tell at all what is in our future.
I appreciate the consideration and support, for myself as well as community. It’s communities like this that really hold us together. Thank you.

Indigenous Mother in need of help

I haven’t been able to make ends meet my father is out of work and cannot work because he is immunocompromised, we are behind in rent and we barely make it to buy enough groceries for me and my kids.
I’m a single mother indigenous really needing help, I’m trying not to quit my last class in order to graduate but work, rent due, bills and food is making me want to
I know not many people have paypal but I also have Venmo which is under my same email . I appreciate anything anyone gives me.

Independent Business Consultant

I am a contracted consultant hired by small businesses & individuals in the entertainment and educational industries. My biggest clients provides luxury services, business networking events and fashion events. Because of COVID all scheduled events have been cancelled in NYC. This is how most of my money is made as I provide event & production management services. No events means no income for me and this a strain for me who is a divorced mother of an 11yr old girl.

Freelance piano teacher, tutor, one night week server, pt house cleaner

For 10 years I have raised my 2 kids solely on my freelance work. I cleaned one house per week. I taught piano on a community piano. I tutored high needs kids in person. I taught in person math and science classes and ran after school clubs. We had little, but wanted for nothing. 2019 was full of hospitals and doctors as we worked to determine cause and path for one child’s chronic lung disease. All savings were spent surviving that year. Now Covid. Inside – all of the time. High risk – cannot go out. Zero income. Tiny amount of unemployment just started – not a livable income. We own no piano – so continuing to teach and transitioning this to online is not feasible. We don’t own a laptop or other devices for transitioning to online teaching. Food donations do not include allergy safe foods – so unfortunately are not a help. All bills are overdue and keep piling up. Being cooped up inside a tiny apt is not helping lung health…but neighbors not wearing masks makes it vital we stay in….until/maybe we can find a new location to be. Covid has made our lives h___l. We spent the first two months of Covid just plain hungry. Now we search for a way to help others – but need some help ourselves – – financial support to convert income to being virtual/at home income – because as a high risk family, we’ll be inside for much longer.

Actor & Freelancer in dire need

Because of Covid, I haven’t had an income in over 4 months, and have $40 in my bank account. After theaters and restaurants closed, I lost all my sources of income. I am facing losing my housing and in need of immediate help if possible.
I intend to pay it forward when I can. Thank you for taking on this initiative! I do not have family resources to fall back on or support.

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