• Micah Dicker

CIANA Responds to Educational and Economic Needs of the Immigrant Community due to COVID-19



CIANA is responding to the increased needs of immigrant communities across Queens by encouraging community members to support immigrant-run institutions and acknowledge their contributions.


#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.


At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.


Located in Queens, the “epicenter of the epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., CIANA serves some of the most severely impacted communities. Many of CIANA’s clients are essential workers who do not have health insurance. Many others have lost their jobs, with no source of income to provide for their families, many of whom are low-income.


In addition, with NYC public schools closed for the remainder of the school year, many of CIANA’s tutoring and SONYC program participants do not have access to adequate academic support and social interaction that is crucial to their development.


Having participated in Giving Tuesday in December 2019 and November 2018, CIANA is accustomed to encouraging the community to support their immigrant neighbors, and with great success. CIANA is hoping to generate the same level of community involvement for the specific purpose of alleviating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its clients' financial wellbeing, academic progress, and social development.


People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes. Every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.


“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”


Those interested in joining CIANA’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit cianainc.org/givingtuesdaynow to learn more about the campaign, and to see the many ways to give on May 5 and beyond.


For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.



About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.


Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.


#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.