Learn more about how you can support in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners during this crisis:
 

Support for Workers

Coronavirus Care Fund

The Coronavirus Care Fund provides emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The response to CCF has been overwhelming. Since March, we have distributed funds to over 40,000 nannies, house cleaners and home care workers.

At this time, we are in the process of distributing remaining funds and no longer able to accept new requests from first-time applicants.

The Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance when the pandemic first thrust domestic workers into economic crisis and when we saw that most domestic workers would not be able to access other forms of emergency assistance. Together, we stepped in to fill this need.

This has been an enormous undertaking, and we are proud of how domestic workers, our supporters and allies came together to make the Fund possible. Domestic workers need and deserve real relief, and the economic need far outweighs the support we have been able to provide. Throughout the pandemic, we have pushed Congress to take action to provide adequate financial relief, and to make it accessible to ALL workers. We continue to demand that politicians at all levels of government do their job!

For those who donated, THANK YOU. Your generosity helped to extend the reach of the Fund far beyond our initial imagination. As we close out the Fund, you can continue to support domestic workers through NDWA’s ongoing programming--including our COVID resources for members, on-the-ground organizing via our 70+ local chapters and affiliates, products like Alia that help workers access long-term benefits, and visionary directives like our We Dream in Black Unbossed agenda.

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El Fondo Para Cuidado del Coronavirus brinda asistencia de emergencia para trabajadoras de cuidados en el hogar, niñeras y limpiadoras de casas que enfrentan dificultades financieras como resultado de la pandemia de coronavirus. La respuesta al Fonda ha sido abrumadora. Desde marzo, hemos distribuido fondos a más de 40.000 niñeras, limpiadoras de casas y trabajadoras de cuidados en el hogar. 

En este momento, estamos en el proceso final de distribución de los últimos fondos y ya no estamos recibiendo nuevas solicitudes de personas solicitando por primera vez.  

El Fondo fue establecido por la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar cuando la pandemia empujó a las trabajadoras del hogar a una crisis económica y cuando vimos que la mayoría de las trabajadoras del hogar no podrían acceder a otras formas de asistencia de emergencia. Juntas, intervinimos para satisfacer esta necesidad.

Este ha sido un esfuerzo enorme. Estamos orgullosas de cómo las trabajadoras del hogar, nuestros seguidores y aliados se unieron para hacer posible el Fondo. Las trabajadoras del hogar necesitan y merecen un alivio real, y la necesidad económica supera el apoyo que hemos podido brindar. A lo largo de la pandemia, hemos presionado al Congreso para que tome medidas para brindar un alivio financiero adecuado y hacerlo accesible a TODES las trabajadoras. ¡Seguimos exigiendo que los políticos de todos los niveles de gobierno hagan su trabajo!

Para aquellos que donaron, GRACIAS. Su generosidad ayudó a extender el alcance del Fondo mucho más allá de nuestra imaginación inicial. A medida que cerramos el Fondo, puede continuar apoyando a las trabajadoras del hogar a través de la programación continua de la NDWA, incluidos nuestros recursos COVID, el trabajo organizativo de más de 70 capítulos locales y afiliados, productos como Alia que ayudan a las trabajadoras a acceder a beneficios a largo plazo y directivas visionarias como nuestra agenda Unbossed/Independiente del programa We Dream in Black.

For more information about the Coronavirus Care Fund, please review our FAQ page.

Resources for Workers

NDWA has created this hub to support domestic workers with trusted information and resources to take care of yourselves and the people that depend on you. Visit our online resource page for tips on how to stay safe at home and at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

La Alianza ha creado esta página para apoyar a las trabajadoras de hogar con información y recursos confiables para cuidarnos a nosotras mismas y a las personas que dependen de usted. También le invitamos a visitar nuestra página web para ver información y consejos sobre cómo mantenerse segura y saludable en su lugar de trabajo y en su casa durante la pandemia coronavirus.


Take Action

We have another opportunity for Congress to hear from domestic workers and their allies about the important support we need during this crisis.

Congress is drafting and voting on this legislation very quickly so we need to e-mail them right away to let them know that domestic workers need support right now. We are asking that domestic workers be included in two specific ways.

  • We want to ensure that direct financial assistance provided by Congress is available to all taxpaying workers regardless of immigration status.
  • Our first priority is for domestic workers to be able to remain at home, but for those domestic workers who are on the frontlines providing care for elders and people with disabilities and must continue to work we demand that they have the protection and support, such as child care and safety equipment, to be able to perform essential work.

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Tips for Employers

How do I determine whether or not my in-home care worker, nanny or house cleaner should come to work? 

  • Establish open and respectful communication with workers in your home.
  • Ensure you and your worker are communicating about whether anyone in the home has any flu-like symptoms. 
  • Make necessary adjustments for this new reality and together set up new agreements to avoid any conflicts and impacts on their income. Have a flexible cancellation policy and if you need to cancel, pay for cancellations

What if my in-home care worker, nanny or house cleaner cannot come to work or I don’t want them to come to work? 

How can I help keep in-home care worker, nanny, or house cleaner safe while at work in my home? 

  • Provide gloves, soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure that your home is stocked with cleaning supplies, over the counter medicines, prescription medicines, and non-perishable foods, to minimize trips to the store.
  • Practice – and teach – good handwashing. Explain to children that this is both to protect ourselves, each other, and people in our communities who may be more vulnerable.
  • If possible, limit exposure to coronavirus by avoiding taking children on optional outings to crowded indoor places. Discuss alternative activity plans with your nanny.
  • Talk with your in-home care worker, nanny, and house cleaner about backup care plans in case either you or your worker become ill. 
  • Talk with your care worker about backup plans for medical visits or treatments, in order to limit exposure to coronavirus in healthcare settings.

How else can I keep my community safe? 

  • One of the best things we can do to keep ourselves and each other safe—during the COVID-19 pandemic and always—is to build communities of care. Learn more.