Queen Bey is doing her part to ensure healthcare workers are cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyonce’s BeyGOOD philanthropic initiative announced an extensive coronavirus relief plan to help those most affected by the virus on Thursday (April 23).
“Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a representative for the Grammy Award winning singer shared in a statement. “In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.”
To advance its efforts, BeyGOOD has formed a national partnership with UCLA, which is offering a COVID-19 Care Package that, “includes resources and tools designed to lift moods and ease anxiety and depression” during the pandemic. Furthermore, BeyGOOD is also partnering with the National Alliance in Mental Illness to offer local support in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Detroit. Additional support will go to local organizations like United Memorial Medical Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25, Dia De La Mujer Latina and World Central Kitchen. As such, the organization has partnered with Twitter creator Jack Dorsey’s Start Small effort along with UCLA to commit $6 million to the cause.
The wave of good news arrives just days after the superstar used her platform during the One World: Together at Home benefit special on ABC to speak out regarding the deadly toll the coronavirus is taking on African Americans throughout the country. After singing her rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” Yoncé dedicated the performance to “all of the healthcare workers who’ve been working tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe.”
The full press release is available here.