Launched in the Spring of 2020, the Radical Relief Fund secured and donated funds to hundreds of people across the United States facing financial uncertainty in the wake of COVID-19, economic recession, and social unrest.
All we asked, of applicants to the Fund, was that they submit a short video explaining their situation and how the Fund could benefit them.
We received hundreds and hundreds of videos, each one as deserving of the Fund as the next.
A trend we noticed, is that the majority of applicants were single-parents trying to support their family after experiencing a sudden job loss, housing eviction, or medical emergency.
According to 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data,
there are about 11 million single-parents. Of these, 80% were single mothers.
About 4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers. Nearly two-thirds were born to mothers under the age of 30.
Today 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 12.5 million — are being raised without a father.
A Bit of Background
It has been a tumultuous year for everyone. For some, it has been harder than others, and collectively we have all been impacted in some shape or form. Collectively however, is how we will rise to meet the burdens we face, and collectively is how we will reinforce the imperative need to help others.
Asking for help is an act of bravery and a display of vulnerability which takes strength and honesty. We here at the Radical Relief Fund honor this courage and choose to actively support those who reach out.
In May of 2020 we partnered with The Call to Unite to highlight and engage the COVID-19 affected recipients of our fund. We are slated to do this again in May 2021 during their live "webathon" event.
If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance, please apply here to qualify.
While our work profoundly affected those we encountered, we realize that this effort touches only a fraction of those in need of support. Countless others deserve the resources we as a collective society have to share, from the ever increasing food-insecure populations of our country, to the single parent balancing multiple jobs, the artist nourishing our souls, and the farmer nourishing our bodies. We are committed to creating a long-lasting platform that lifts everyone up and propels us all forward. Is that so radical to wish?
These are startling trends, which we wish to help alleviate one community at a time.
Implementing a scalable approach, we have begun to uplift and support local full-time residents and workers in our pilot market of the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, by developing a mobile app. We call the app"Radically Local" and expect to launch it within the Roaring Fork Valley community in early 2023.
2020 Fund Recipients
Lauren teaches yoga in Long Island, and just opened up her studio at the beginning of the year. She will now be able to continue creating online videos for the yoga community to provide support to others while on lockdown.
Lisa is an artist in Colorado that recently found her own place and began supporting herself. Due to the crisis, Lisa is unable to sell her artwork at local shops and restaurants. Now, she will be able to focus on finding a new place to live and creating artwork to continue to expose people to beauty.
"I want to create is a stronger bond in the food community, by taking unemployed chefs to volunteer for understaffed farmers. Mainly in the oyster and urban garden community, promoting a new sustainable protein and making New York City more sustainable and self reliant."
"Helping others should be done as much as possible. Looking for ways to help others doesn’t just have a positive impact on the people you’re helping, it’s good for everyone."
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We're happy that you’re interested in getting involved with the Radical Relief Fund. Below, you can choose to donate to the fund if you have the resources, or apply for a grant. By engaging below, you’ll become a vital part of our Non-Profit Fund and cycle of positivity.
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Susan helped launch the FitFoundation as a cofounder and a director. She has also supported the Radical Relief Team every step of the way!
Nicky is our Executive Director. He has been instrumental in furthering our mission and serves as a backbone of support to our entire team & network.
Philip has been a vital part in developing a straight-forward and easy to understand law agreement for the participants of our fund, so that everyone has the ability to apply with a peace of mind.
Kent has provided our team with an incredible insight into the philanthropy sector, offering guidance and direction every step of the way.
Gail is a professional writer in Los Angeles, and worked with us for the best vocabulary to make our program accessible to all.
Victoria helped with design and format for the site, improving on previous structure and using her design expertise to help.