To Our CMAA Family,
As you all know, Chicago is facing trying times during the COVID-19 crisis. Our services to low-income immigrants and refugees have never been more crucial as this community is being hit especially hard by the sudden economic downturn. Per the recommendations of government officials and medical experts, to ensure the safety of our clients, employees and volunteers, we have closed our physical office locations. That said, we are proud to share that CMAA's courageous home care aides continue to assist the elderly and disabled in their homes. These essential workers bravely provide basic needs services to our most vulnerable population, offering support and guaranteeing their health and well being during this crisis. However, we are facing unforeseen costs around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect our aides as they put themselves at risk on a daily basis.
With regard to our other programs, we are diligently working to move as many of our services as possible onto virtual platforms; however, with many of our clients lacking basic digital literacy skills and/or not having access to technology, without additional resources and financial support, we are limited in what we can provide. Additionally, we are assisting our clients in weathering the economic challenges of this crisis through launching new services, including providing direct financial assistance to our low-income client families to help them with housing costs, utility bills, groceries and other urgent needs. To impact more families, we need further financial resources.
Moreover, we recognize that our services will continue to be vital once this crisis passes. The needs of our low-income client population will likely increase even further until the economy is able to sufficiently rebound. To help sustain operations so that we are able to continue meeting present and future community needs, we need your help. We humbly ask you, our beloved CMAA family, to consider supporting us with a financial contribution so that we can weather this storm together, ensuring that our city's hardest hit communities have the resources they need. Please click the yellow "donate" button below and give whatever is comfortable for you.
Additionally, we are accepting in-kind donations of PPE and technology such as tablets and laptops. To donate PPE, please contact our Manager of Operations & Community Engagement, Thomas Choi at ThomasC@chinesemutualaid.org. For technology-related donations, please contact our Development & Special Events Coordinator, Emily Olson at EmilyO@chinesemutualaid.org.
We thank you for your commitment and ongoing generosity. We wish you and your families health and peace, and look forward to getting through this turbulent time together.