Latinos Unidos at Clemson University and the Hispanic Alliance were both created to serve the local Hispanic/Latinx community. In this crisis, we have partnered up to raise funds for Hispanic/Latinx students and families in Upstate South Carolina affected by COVID-19. This pandemic has impacted all of us, but the Latinx community has been hit particularly hard.
49% of Hispanic households have experienced pay cuts or job losses, compared to 33% of the whole US. Many in the Latinx community are most worried by their current financial situation, leading them to risk their health in frontline jobs. Only 16% of Hispanic workers are able to telecommute, compared to 31% of non-Hispanics.
Falling ill is a more serious issue for Latinos, as they collectively make up the population with the lowest rates of health insurance in the US. In fact, only 38% of Hispanics in low-wage jobs have some form of health coverage. People of color who do get the virus are at higher risk of serious illness due to higher rates of underlying health conditions and increased barriers to accessing care.
Undocumented workers, who are majority Latinx, have it even worse, since they cannot receive stimulus checks despite paying billions every year in taxes. Many also fear getting tested or receiving medical treatment.
Hispanic Alliance and Latinos Unidos would appreciate your support of the Hispanic/Latinx familia affected by this pandemic. Please consider donating using the form below. You can also use Venmo (@cu_lucu) or Cash App ($culucu), and share this with others. LUCU will match every dollar you donate up to $2,000 so that your donation goes even further. Thank you so much for all the help you can give in this challenging time.