The strength of Lawrence is in our amazing people and collaborative community culture. The pandemic has brought economic devastation, but also called forth our spirit of resilience and mutual aid. The One Lawrence Fund will mobilize resources to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic – especially those who do not qualify for other resources.
DONATE NOW TO HELP PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY
The One Lawrence Fund has been established by Lawrence community leaders including Mayor Daniel Rivera, City Councilors, State Representatives, United Way, and various community organizations. The fund will distribute resources through organizations to cover the costs of rent, food, utilities, childcare, medications, and other basic necessities.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Lawrence residents and organizations have stepped up to the plate in inspiring ways. Whether it’s delivering food, securing shelter, or creatively providing emotional support, our community has pulled together as ONE Lawrence. Now we need your support to make sure that no Lawrence resident or family gets left behind.
HOW WILL THE One Lawrence FUND HELP?
United Way has established the fund and will distribute 100% of donations to Lawrence community organizations (less credit card processing fees) who will distribute it directly to the families who need it most by focusing on those who do not qualify for other types of assistance, such as unemployment. Families will receive a gift card they can use to purchase food and other supplies. Partners include The Center, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Groundwork Lawrence, ACT Lawrence, and Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.
HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE One Lawrence FUND?
You can donate to our fund by clicking the yellow GIVE TODAY button or by clicking here. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance via organizations already working in our community. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “The One Lawrence Fund” in your recommendation details. Our tax ID number is 04-2382233.
You can also send a check to the following address: United Way of Massachusetts Bay, PO Box 51381, Boston, MA 02205-1381. Please make checks out to “United Way of Massachusetts Bay” and include “The One Lawrence Fund” in the memo of your check.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?
If you don’t qualify for state or federal benefits you may qualify for one-time financial support through the One Lawrence Fund of up to $300 in gift cards. To request assistance from the One Lawrence Fund, Lawrence residents can call 978-620-4717, submit an online request form, or contact one of the community partners listed below. In addition, COVID-19 resources are continuously updated at We Are Lawrence.
The One Lawrence Fund is a collaboration of:
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera
City Councilors Kendrys Vasquez, Marc Laplante, Ana Levy, Maria de la Cruz, David Abdoo, Pavel Payano, Estela Reyes, Jeovanny Rodriguez, Celina Reyes
State Senator Barry Finegold and State Representatives Frank Moran, Marcos Devers, and Christina Minicucci