Right now, in the midst of this pandemic, LIFT has received wonderful news. We are the beneficiary of an anonymous $100,000 matching grant made possible through the generosity of LIFT donors. And with this important support, we are pleased to establish the upLIFT Fund, which will help ensure that our critical work continues amidst the uncertainty brought on by this crisis.
As a New Yorker, I am profoundly moved by the extraordinary response of my nonprofit colleagues – inside and outside of LIFT – to ensure a strong safety net for those in need.
And I am particularly proud that LIFT has been able to serve our clients without interruption over these difficult months. Thanks to you and the support of our talented staff, LIFT has enabled our clients to receive legal advice and guidance at a time when the Family Court is hearing only a limited number of virtual cases.
Many of LIFT’s clients have lost their jobs, cannot pay child support and are worried about mounting arrears. Others are caught in violent relationships while isolated at home, often with their abusers. Still others fear sending their children to visit a co-parent who is a frontline worker and is not being adequately protected from the virus.
These are urgent issues, now. We are in unprecedented territory and working hard and creatively to help these families. We are also preparing our clients for when the courts reopen fully, as we know there will be enormous demand and need. That is why it is critical that LIFT remains open and easily accessible
During this time, for obvious health reasons, we cancelled our 2020 gala, which we knew could pose a significant financial challenge. We are confident however in the unwavering support of our LIFT community. You have always been here for us and our clients.
We hope you will participate in the upLIFT Fund. With our gala cancellation and impending government funding cuts, your support will go a long way. Please consider a 100% tax deductible contribution. Any size gift makes a difference.
None of us can get through this alone. Thank you in advance for being part of the process of moving all of us forward.