JAY-Z and Rihanna team up for a good cause. Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF) both donated $1 million to COVID-19 response efforts.
These efforts will aid in supporting undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, the incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.
In addition, according to the press release, the funds will also provide daycare, learning resources, food and supplies for the children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, as well as provide learning materials for over 20,000 children and youth learning in shelters. Mental health support for parents will also be available virtually. Home-delivered meals will be increased and distributed to the homeless and elderly populations.
Executive Director of Clara Lionel Foundation Justine Lucas stated, “There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic — those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders. Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”
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CEO of Shawn Carter Foundation (and JAY-Z’s mother) Gloria Carter added, “In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition and education. The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.”
Clara Lionel Foundation most recently donated $5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Caribbean, Africa and the United States. Andrew Cuomo even took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Rihanna and her foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation helps provide education for children, as well as implement emergency response programs around the world. She holds an annual Diamond Ball in New York City to raise money for her foundation and last year she raised more than $5 million.