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COVID 19 RESPONSE

There are several ways First Church is engaged in responding to the pandemic and in supporting our wider community and those most vulnerable.  Aside from ongoing work with our Homeless Ministries, see below for a list of ways you can give, volunteer and join our advocacy efforts.

WAYS TO VOLUNTEER IN WIDER COMMUNITY

A note on volunteering at this time: needs for volunteers are changing daily, as organizations respond to this fast-changing crisis while still protecting the critical need for social distancing. If you engage in volunteer activities, please continue to consider carefully how best to keep yourself and your community safe. We all depend on each other, now more than ever. Click here for up to date information on volunteer needs in Cambridge. 

WAYS TO GIVE

Looking for ways to support our wider community during this unprecedented time of need? The Missions and Social Justice Committee has compiled and vetted a short list of organizations looking for assistance to aid in their work in the COVID-19 response - locally, regionally, and internationally.

Organizations looking for monetary donations:

 Cambridge Mayor's Emergency Fund 

Cambridge Community Foundation

Black Lives Matter Boston, which is funding emergency needs of members of the community, including rent and food 

Food for Free 

Greater Boston Food Bank 

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem,which funds several hospitals and clinics in Palestine 

WAYS TO ADVOCATE

The Greater Bostobn Interfaith Organization of which First Church is a member recently submitted a letter from 70 of its clergy and religious leaders to Governor Baker advocating around three areas of urgent concern to our communities:

Housing — protecting homeowners and tenants from foreclosures/evictions/bad credit reporting because of late payments, and pressing for additional funding for emergency rent support.

Criminal Justice — immediately lowering the population of incarcerated persons behind bars to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent predictable deaths among them, and/or personnel.

Healthcare — making sure our frontline hospital persons have enough supplies for PPE, and that there is no price gouging on much needed supplies. We will also continue with our Healthcare Campaign because, now more than ever, we need accessible affordable healthcare.

To read the full letter, please visit https://www.gbio.org/news and stay tuned for updates on this and other GBIO campaigns.


 

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