This relief fund will support nonprofit organizations across the U.S. that are on the frontlines helping the most vulnerable people in the Korean American (KA) communities. These constituents of the nonprofits have been negatively affected by the COVID economic downturn. The 3 priority areas include 1) service for low-income senior/elderly Korean American population; 2) mental health/family counseling service for the KA community; and 3) economic support for undocumented families.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taxed the financial resources of many nonprofit organizations across the United States that serve the Korean American population. While some national funding relief has been made available, for some organizations it is not enough to bridge the gap created by the additional need for aid. Furthermore, the necessity for services in many cases has increased due to the economic downturn, exacerbating an already challenging situation for many people.
CKA will identify 5 regions across the U.S. with high Korean American populations. Funds will be given to nonprofits in these regions that support Korean Americans who are low-income seniors/support elder care, assist with mental health & family counseling, or provide aid to undocumented families. Direct aid will be offered to nonprofits on the frontlines of helping the most vulnerable populations of Korean Americans & ensure their constituents do not fall due to a lack of funding.
The COVID Relief Fund will allow nonprofits to continue to serve their communities despite current financial challenges. The aid these nonprofits receive from this project could tip the scale in their favor, ensuring that they are able to persist in fulfilling their missions. CKA hopes to serve as an example of giving and encouraging communities to continue supporting efforts to help those in need. It also addresses the funding needs of nonprofits that support underrepresented communities.