I want to start this off by stating that I am extremely disheartened by the COVID-19 crisis and the effect it has had on people’s health, people’s jobs, and the overall impact of human connection on a global scale.
My name is Brittany, I have lived in NYC for 5 years now and 3 of those years my life here has been fully sustained by the weekly paychecks I made serving in hospitality. I am so grateful for the home I have created within my work community. I work at a small Gastropub in Chelsea, NYC but have sadly been laid off due to COVID-19. I have lived paycheck to paycheck for a long time now and have never been late on any of my bills including rent, electric/wifi, credit card, and student loans. Being temporarily laid off by my job has cost me a great financial loss. What makes this time harder than most is that my lease has gone up and I am in the process of moving. Moving is undeniably an incredible financial expense, but doing it in NYC while having no income has made this a very big struggle.
Filing for unemployment has been a long trial of website crashing and endless phone calls leading me to “call again later”. While many companies are laying people off, it makes the hunt for a job (especially a remote job) nearly impossible to find.
I know that I am trying my best to be as resourceful as I can during this time. Trying to maintain a sense of hope and optimism amidst this crisis has been difficult but I am unwavering.
I am asking for a donation of $4,000 which will help me pay for 3 months of rent. 1 month of rent is $1,330. I am asking for 3 months because that is about how long the state officials are assuming the pandemic to last, and also the amount of time NYC has frozen mortgage payments. Though these payments are frozen, they will need to be re-paid. Based on recent news reports, I do not foresee restaurants opening back up anytime soon.
This donation would make an extravagant difference for me as a responsible worker, taxpayer, overall respective New York citizen. This money would serve me on a large scale, helping me maintain a roof over my head without the fear of kneeling deeper into debt. It would be an eternal blessing to be privileged with this donation as I take the step in serving my civic duty in self-isolating and keeping a healthy distance between myself and other citizens during this pandemic.
Paypal link below: (With much gratitude)