Freelancers Union’s fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19
As shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus take place across the U.S., independent workers face the greatest threat to their livelihoods in modern history. Freelancers work without traditional protections such as paid sick leave and unemployment insurance, and are at a disproportionate risk of financial hardship in the best of times. At the same time, they make up one-third of the U.S. workforce, and contribute more than $1 trillion to the country’s GDP.
While we work toward securing government aid, freelancers’ bills are coming due now. Rent must be paid, groceries, utilities — for those who live gig-to-gig, these necessities are at risk. Your donation to the Freelancers Relief Fund, through our nonprofit subsidiary Working Today, will provide grants to freelancers experiencing economic hardship or health crisis as a result of COVID-19.
Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including:
- Food/food supplies
- Utility payments
- Cash assistance to cover income loss
100% of all donations will be distributed directly to freelancers in need.