The California Community Foundation, in partnership with the California Endowment, the California HealthCare Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation, has announced the launch of a relief fund to help address the refugee youth crisis.
The Our Children Relief Fund will assist nonprofit organizations working to provide shelter, health services, social services, and legal representation for unaccompanied children from Central America who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. To that end, CCF will accept and re-grant individual donations and foundation grants to nonprofits in Los Angeles County. Home to the largest concentration of Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans in the United States, the county has received thousands of refugee youth fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking refuge or reunification with their families in the U.S.
"This is a humanitarian issue, and the health and safety of these children is of utmost importance," said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. "I'm happy to partner with the philanthropic community to establish this fund that will help serve these children, and I encourage all Angelenos to contribute if they can."
"This is about humanity, not politics," said Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. "As Angelenos — as humanitarians — we should ensure that all vulnerable children can access safe and humane shelter, food, health care and legal counsel. They are our children."