Boston Resiliency Fund Started To Help Residents Affected By Coronavirus

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the creation of the Boston Resiliency Fund Monday in an effort to help those residents most affected by COVID-19 and the measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Walsh said the fund would focus on aiding children and seniors.

"As we deal with the immediate business of keeping people healthy and safe in Boston, we’ve also been preparing for our long-term recovery efforts," Walsh said in a series of tweets Monday afternoon. "There is no doubt that the coronavirus will have long-term impacts on our community. That’s why we’ve been developing comprehensive plans to help local families recover in the weeks and months ahead."

The fund is the city's effort to coordinate philanthropic and fundraising efforts to help Boston families in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. It will raise money to provide food to the city's seniors and children, technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning, and support to first responders and healthcare workers.

"In the face of challenges like this one, our city shows its true colors," Walsh said. "Every day, I’ve seen people and organizations stepping up and doing the right thing. I’ve seen incredible acts of kindness and generosity. This Fund is a perfect example of that."

Boston companies like Vertex Pharmaceuticals, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, and Bain Capital have already committed to the fund, which Walsh said has an initial goal of raising $20 million.

"I am confident we will reach that goal," Walsh said.

For more information about how to donate to the fund and who it will benefit, visit the city's website, here.

You can donate by check payable to "Boston Charitable Trust" with "Boston Resiliency Fund" in the memo field, sent to the address:

City of Boston Treasury Department

1 City Hall Square, Room M-5

Boston, MA 02201

To make a donation to the fund online, click here.

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