Community Organized Relief Effort Receives $10 Million From Dorsey

Community Organized Relief Effort Receives $10 Million From Dorsey

The Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), a nonprofit established by filmmaker Sean Penn, has received a $10 million commitment from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's #StartSmall initiative in support of COVID-19 testing efforts across the United States, City News Service reports.

In March, CORE opened its first free drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles and has since established additional sites in Atlanta, Detroit, and across California, including Malibu, Oakland, Bakersfield, and Napa County; it is planning to expand into New Orleans and the Navajo Nation. The program is focused on serving vulnerable and underserved communities, including low-income groups, communities of color, first responders, and essential workers. In April, Dorsey pledged $1 billion of his equity in Square to charity and established the #StartSmall initiative to fund global COVID-19 relief efforts.

"CORE is an inspiring force for good. Not only in what they're doing by increasing our testing capacity, but also by how they're doing it," said Dorsey. "The open-source approach and work...is exactly what this country and world needs right now."

(Photo credit: Community Organized Relief Effort)