5 Ways to Confront Racism and Support Communities of Color in the Wake of COVID-19

By United Way of King County Posted on April 15, 2020 In News, Racial Equity, Volunteering

Communities of color are among the hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic. Viruses do not discriminate but the legacy of biased and racist systems in place set up an environment that makes people of color more vulnerable to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19.

To name a few of the inequities people of color are facing right now:

5 Actions to Take to Confront Racism and Serve Communities of Color

1. Volunteer

There are many ways you can volunteer either remotely or in person (while following safety guidelines). Below are a few opportunities focused to serve our communities most impacted by COVID-19.

2. Buy from Local POC-Owned Businesses

Here are a few local businesses that provide online and delivery services:

3. Advocate

Reach out to your representatives and make sure that they are making racial equity a priority when designing legislation to provide relief and aid for the COVID-19 crisis. 

Speak out against racism and the spread of misinformation when you see it.

4. Listen, Learn and Act

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach; the obstacles different groups of people face are varied. Listen and learn from the organizations and groups in your area about the best ways to serve the people most impacted by COVID-19.

5. Donate

United Way of King County is raising funds to provide relief to people most impacted in these key areas:

  • Rental Assistance: There was already a housing crisis that disproportionately impacted communities of color. Economic instability during this pandemic has made the situation much worse. United Way is focusing rental assistance to the communities that are facing the most obstacles.
  • Food Relief: United Way is raising money to expand City of Seattle’s food vouchers program and services that provide free meals for students and families.
  • Where it’s needed most: There are many unprecedented needs we’re seeing emerge all at once, your donation will provide flexible funding to areas that need it most.

Bonus: Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself

These times are hard for everyone. Remember to get help when you need it. Visit our COVID-19 Resource page for resources on how to get rental assistance, job and unemployment information, food and health services and more.


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