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Resources from "A Caring Future: Supporting Essential Workers for an Equitable Economy"

Publication date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2020

James Irvine Foundation.


National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

  • California’s Future of Work Commission is looking to identify what kind of innovative demonstration projects California could lead. 

  • The COVID-Ready Caregiver Training Program is a new training initiative that helps care workers stay safe in the COVID context. 

  • CareTogether is an emotional support text line for care workers who are struggling emotionally and psychologically to continue to work in this COVID context. 

  • The NAW Care Fund is an emergency cash fund that administers cash assistance to domestic workers in need. The fund has delivered aid to more than 25,000 domestic workers worldwide, including undocumented folks and those affected by COVID. Funders can make investments in organizations meeting the urgent needs of workers who are recently unemployed. 

  • Caring Across Generations is partnering with Blue Shield of California to continue to push forward work around the care economy. 

  • NWA is working on a partnership between essential workers and the Department of Public Health to define safe guidelines to reopen cities.

  • NDWA, in partnership with Hand in Hand, is supporting employers looking to hire domestic workers by providing tools and information such as sample contracts, hiring checklists, and support for hiring during crises. 

  • NDWA is considering a new public-private partnership between the labor secretary's office, labor unions, and organizations in the worker organization space to create workforce development systems in California founded on racial equity. Given the disproportionate economic and public health impact on communities of color and essential workers, philanthropy needs to center race and the need for racial justice. 


Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) 

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) has taken swift actions to meet the growing and evolving needs of the home care workers and domestic workers in the Filipino community during the pandemic. 

  • The Community Care Program provides free care packages containing personal hygiene essentials and grocery items to Pilipino communities. 

  • The Care Meal Program delivers meals to low-income families in the historic Filipino town. 

  • PWC is also offering free temporary shelter for those who need to quarantine during COVID testing or those displaced by COVID. 

  • The PWC Virtual Town Hall helps keep the community informed with the latest information and programs. 

  • PWC has continued to lobby via Zoom meetings and organize members to participate in social media actions, attend town halls, webinars, and training. Funders can continue to support organizing efforts, which are critical to ensuring an equitable recovery.


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