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Community Comes First: Statement on COVID-19

Community. Compassion. Collaboration. Connection. Collective Giving.

// March 23, 2020

Community. Compassion. Collaboration. Connection. Collective Giving.

Community. Compassion. Collaboration. Connection. Collective Giving.

These are “co-words” that I’ve seen and heard repeatedly this week. It’s fitting; the prefix “co” means joint or jointly. Right now, it’s truer than ever that none of us can do it alone. As a statewide community foundation focused on economic security for women and their families, these words are part of our DNA. We were born from the belief that we are stronger together (though, not physically at this time).

In a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, I am humbled and inspired by Coloradans. You’ve shown up for neighbors in need, built resources to help our communities recover, and played your parts to keep each other safe. But the road to recovery will be longer than we initially thought, and we must stay the course – for the women and families who are at the greatest risk; for single moms and co-breadwinners who can’t go to work, can’t work from home, or lost jobs as small businesses close; for children out of school or child care; for older adults who should be living in peace, not fear; and for those on any frontline, showing up to provide essential services. We will be here to meet their current and future needs with your support.

Thank you for the Colorado community, compassion, collaboration, connection, and collective impact you’ve demonstrated in such a short time. The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is proud to be your partner today, tomorrow, and on the unseen road ahead.

In community, philanthropy, and impact –

Lauren Y. Casteel
President & CEO

Collective giving

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has donated $10,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund hosted by the state of Colorado and Mile High United Way. These pooled funds from community and private foundations, businesses, and generous individuals are to provide support to Colorado communities and organizations affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Funds will provide flexible resources to organizations in our state working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.

The Women’s Foundation has been invited to provide our intersectional gender-lens equity expertise during the grantmaking process. As the only community foundation in the state focused on women and their families, we will ensure the critical needs of Colorado women are communicated and strongly considered, particularly single moms, rural and low-income women.

Community resources

We have updated our community resources page for women in need to include Covid-19 resources. Our ongoing statewide resources and Denver-metro resources are categorized by the service areas below.

  • Housing & rent assistance
  • Food & hunger resources
  • Employment & education services
  • Transportation & information services
  • Child care & supports for parents
  • Healthcare & medical assistance
  • Intervention, crisis, & support services
  • Victim assistance & support
  • Free/reduced legal services & advocacy
  • Women/gender empowerment

Do you know of a resource we need to include? Please fill out the form located at the bottom of our community resources page.

Content worth bookmarking

Covid-19 is exposing and amplifying systemic inequalities globally, including gender inequality, racial inequality, income inequality, and more. The importance of child care and paid family leave has been jettisoned into the spotlight. While the Colorado General Assembly has been suspended until at least March 30, we are ready to hit the steps of the Capitol when it resumes to increase access to these critical resources for women. Below, we’ve highlighted a few articles that explain the importance of working for equity and opportunity for all.

Gender and the coronavirus outbreak
Why the coronavirus could hit women the hardest
Why the coronavirus is a disaster for feminism
Black and Hispanic workers are less likely to be able to work from home
As coronavirus deepens its inequality, inequality worsens its spread

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