The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened systemic inequities in our community. The Richmond Rapid Response Fund (R3F) is a wraparound initiative that will meet the immediate and ongoing needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The R3F will provide, coordinate, and advocate for direct resources and supports to heal our community in the wake of this crisis. Beyond this pandemic, the fund will create healing centered, racially just policies, practices, and investments for long term community transformation.
Led by community and government leaders from the City of Richmond, The RYSE Center, EdFUND West, Richmond Promise, and Building Blocks for Kids, the R3F was born from a community-centered process that began the first week of the region-wide shelter in place. This process, known as the West Contra Costa COVID Community Care Coalition, engages over 90 cross-sector stakeholders including community partners and non-profits, the City, the School District, the County, local and regional coalitions, and funders. The Community Care Coalition will continue to inform and steward the R3F. The Community Care Coalition will continue to inform and steward the R3F.
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