Beyonce Pledges to Support Essential Workers
The $6 million fund will aid mental health and medical services during the pandemic.
Last week Beyonce spoke out about coronavirus and the disproportionate effect it has on African Americans during One World: Together at Home, a concert curated by Lady Gaga to benefit the World Health Organization and Global Citizen. But Queen B is more than just talk. She made a pledge to fund mental health and medical services for essential workers through her BeyGood Foundation.
“Communities of color are suffering by epic proportions due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” BeyGood said in a statement. “In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.”
To address these needs BeyGood partnered with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Start Small fund to provide $6 million towards services for those essential workers. The partnership also includes UCLA and the National Alliance in Mental Illness to offer local support in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Detroit. Support will also go to local organizations like United Memorial Medical Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25, Dia De La Mujer Latina and World Central Kitchen.
“Please protect yourselves,” Beyoncé concluded during her statement at the One World concert. “We are one family and we need you. We need your voices, your abilities, and your strength all over this world.”