The One Chelsea Fund will help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Donate Now for Chelsea
The One Chelsea Fund will help families and individuals who are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund was established by Chelsea community leaders, together with City Manager Tom Ambrosino, in partnership with The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
How Can I Donate?
The fastest way to put your donation to use is to click on the yellow GIVE TODAY button or click here. Your donation is tax-deductible, and no fees will be charged beyond what your credit card company requires.
Alternatively, you can send a check to: United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc., P.O. Box 412866, Boston, MA. 02241-2866. Please make checks out to “United Way of Massachusetts Bay” and include “One Chelsea Fund” in the memo of your check.
The Need in Chelsea
Chelsea is home to some of the most vulnerable groups in the Boston region: newly-arrived immigrants, undocumented families, non-English speakers, and low-income workers and families with children. As a frontline community, Chelsea residents already experienced the greater public health challenges associated with environmental contamination. Therefore, the economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were immediate and dire for the many Chelsea individuals and families who live one paycheck away from serious financial hardship. COVID-19 has magnified the challenges our community has long been struggling with: unstable and unaffordable housing, food insecurity, low wages, lack of English proficiency, and high rates of uninsured.
Our community is in crisis.
Hundreds of Chelsea workers are unexpectedly without wages, and families are making painful choices between rent, food, medicine, and academic support for at-home learners.
The Chelsea community has come together swiftly and decisively to address needs as they arise. Food is being distributed at multiple locations across the City. The Chelsea Public Schools are distributing ChromeBooks for remote learning. Neighborhood Captains are checking in with neighbors, matching them with resources, and providing multilingual educational materials to help our community navigate this challenging time.
Yet, the needs in our community far outweigh these efforts. Individuals and families need immediate financial support.
The One Chelsea Fund
The One Chelsea Fund will provide financial relief to Chelsea individuals and families to meet their basic needs. The City and community leaders from La Colaborativa (formerly known as the Chelsea Collaborative), GreenRoots, and The Neighborhood Developers will quickly and equitably distribute financial resources to our neighbors in crisis in the form of $250 checks.
What Do I Do if I Need Assistance?
To date, the fund has helped thousands of Chelsea households through La Colaborativa, The Neighborhood Developers, and GreenRoots. The partners have temporarily paused new requests to the fund to allow them to work through the backlog of requests since mid-March. If you need immediate assistance, contact one of the organizations directly.
- La Colaborativa
- Green Roots
- The Neighborhood Developers
Chelsea Eats is a community-wide effort to create a sustainable model of food relief for the residents of this city. Led by the City of Chelsea, collaborating with philanthropy and community partners, Chelsea Eats is using the following strategies to achieve stability:
- Increase enrollment in federally-funded programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.) to as close 100% participation as possible.
- Grow the USDA Emergency School Meals program serving Chelsea kids by improving menu offerings & increasing distribution points across the city.
- Provide locally-prepared meals for vulnerable residents under quarantine or recovering from Covid at home.
- Distribute prepaid debit cards to support the most vulnerable Chelsea residents who are ineligible for federal relief programs like SNAP & UI.
Help Us Help our Chelsea Neighbors
Your donation will help individuals and families stay afloat during these uncertain times.