Cambridge, MA, March 19, 2020 — In response to the public health crisis created by COVID-19, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale have activated the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance in partnership with non-profit organizations to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 crisis. Secure donations can be made through the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund website at, http://www.cambridgema.gov/MayorsDisasterReliefFund .
“The COVID-19 virus has had, and will continue to have, devastating impacts on all our residents, and particularly those who are most vulnerable in our community,” said Cambridge Mayor Siddiqui and City Manager DePasquale in a joint statement. “The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund will solicit and collect contributions to extend support to residents. We need our entire community, in collaboration with state and federal agencies, to be involved in mitigating and slowing this pandemic. Please consider donating to help your neighbors during this difficult time.”
Additionally, the City of Cambridge has been working in close partnership with the Cambridge Community Foundation, which will be launching two additional funds, one to assist individuals and families, and the other to assist artists and others in the arts community who have been significantly impacted by this pandemic.
Given the magnitude of the impact of the COVID-19 on Cambridge residents, we will need to garner all resources available to help those who are in crisis due to this public health emergency.
In addition to the online donation portal at http://www.cambridgema.gov/MayorsDisasterReliefFund donations can also be mailed and made payable to “Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund – COVID-19” and sent to the address below:
Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Finance Department
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
For more information or questions, please contact Madelein McCormick, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, at MMcCormick@CambridgeMA.gov.