DEAR COMMUNITY PARTNERS,
We need your help. Can you or your church help during this time of need? Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis directly impacting the residents living within Las Vegas Trail, our attendance base whom we serve has almost tripled in the number of residents needing assistance with food and necessities. In the coming weeks, we expect to see an even more considerable increase as our service industries continue to limit amenities provided at business establishments. Many of the residents living along "The Trail" work in the service industry as blue-collar workers. These vulnerable workers are already facing slowdowns or shutdowns with little or no access to any form of sick pay or unemployment pay and insurance.
Starting March 23rd, all regular bus service will operate on a modified Sunday schedule seven days a week. A significant number of residents utilize & rely on public transportation to get to and from work. The most massive trafficked routes of the Trinity Metro come straight out of the Las Vegas Trail area. Without transportation, a job, or money, residents rely on LVTRise to assist with providing food for their families.
During this crisis, we are helping our neighbors. Think of the hard-working mother who regularly receives tips every week to pay for necessities at home. After her kids go to school, she catches a bus to work to make an honest living. With the restaurant and school closures, she is left looking for resources to overcome this unprecedented change in our economy. Or our neighbors on a fixed income, who receive their social security or disability check once a month. Some of our neighbors cannot drop everything to go shopping. A lot of community members do not have a savings account that allows them to stock up on extra items to ride out the pandemic. Some of our families are told to teach their children from home but do not own a computer to keep up with their school's online curriculum. We need to work together in times like this.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 8:00 am to 9:30 am, LVTRise will collect nonperishable items to distribute to community members. We are not asking for volunteers at this time. We are limiting our volunteer gatherings to adhere to CDC guidelines.
For donations, please bring non-perishables to 8201 Calmont Ave.
A $25 donation can help pay for groceries for another Fort Worth Resident. 50% of Las Vegas Trail community members live on less than $25,000 a year before the COVID-19 outbreak. We are purchasing items and giving them directly to community members in need. You can donate HERE.
Thank you in advance for backing a neighborhood desperate for revitalization. We cannot provide the necessary resources to our community residents without the continued support of the overall Fort Worth community.