Help us reach our goal of $75,000 for the APA RICE Fund to support New York’s neediest and most vulnerable Asian Pacific Americans now.   


On Tuesday, May 5th, CACF is joining #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving in response to the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19.  In April, CACF started the APA RICE (Responding Immediately to the COVID-19 Emergency) Fund to respond to the growing numbers of APAs who have lost their income due to COVID-19, and who are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs. Many APAs are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits, the federal stimulus, or public assistance. 

In less than three weeks, CACF raised over $20,000 to provide direct cash assistance to children and families in need. In partnership with our member organizations, CACF is immediately able to screen and distribute the emergency funds to those in need. The funds have been requested as soon as we announce their availability - we receive daily requests. There is an urgent need to help families now.

I am so grateful for the APA RICE Fund. I lost my job a few weeks ago. I was a private home care nurse and was being paid in cash. I cannot apply for unemployment. I am ineligible for the Stimulus Fund, as well as, other public benefits. I didn't know how I was going to make ends meet. I had no support  to turn to.     
- Client of CACF Member Organization: Council of Peoples Organization

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, APAs had already been living through states of crisis. Over a quarter of New York City’s APAs live in poverty are unable to keep up with their bills - the highest and most intense poverty rate of all racial/ethnic groups in NYC. One in two APA children is born into poverty. Many in our community live in overcrowded housing and can’t speak English well enough to navigate complex systems to get help. And those without appropriate immigration status aren’t eligible to receive cash assistance at all.    

APA children and families are in need now more than ever

APAs are often the invisible segments of our community masked by the model minority myth, and will continue to be left out. The COVID19 pandemic highlights the systemic inequities our community already faces. CACF recognizes how crucial it is to continue the fight for more fair and responsive systems that will be able to meet our needs. We are working tirelessly to ensure the APA community is included in relief and recovery initiatives, and that the most vulnerable populations are protected. While we continue our fight for larger systems-change, we realize the need to take immediate action now.

With your support to the APA RICE Fund, CACF can continue to provide emergency cash assistance to APA New Yorkers affected by this crisis and support families now! Your contribution will help provide critical dollars to children and families who have nowhere else to turn. 

Your support will save lives.

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CACF APA RICE Fund #GivingTuesdayNow

by Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)


Help us reach our goal of $75,000 for the APA RICE Fund to support New York’s neediest and most vulnerable Asian Pacific Americans now.   


On Tuesday, May 5th, CACF is joining #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving in response to the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19.  In April, CACF started the APA RICE (Responding Immediately to the COVID-19 Emergency) Fund to respond to the growing numbers of APAs who have lost their income due to COVID-19, and who are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs. Many APAs are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits, the federal stimulus, or public assistance. 

In less than three weeks, CACF raised over $20,000 to provide direct cash assistance to children and families in need. In partnership with our member organizations, CACF is immediately able to screen and distribute the emergency funds to those in need. The funds have been requested as soon as we announce their availability - we receive daily requests. There is an urgent need to help families now.

I am so grateful for the APA RICE Fund. I lost my job a few weeks ago. I was a private home care nurse and was being paid in cash. I cannot apply for unemployment. I am ineligible for the Stimulus Fund, as well as, other public benefits. I didn't know how I was going to make ends meet. I had no support  to turn to.     
- Client of CACF Member Organization: Council of Peoples Organization

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, APAs had already been living through states of crisis. Over a quarter of New York City’s APAs live in poverty are unable to keep up with their bills - the highest and most intense poverty rate of all racial/ethnic groups in NYC. One in two APA children is born into poverty. Many in our community live in overcrowded housing and can’t speak English well enough to navigate complex systems to get help. And those without appropriate immigration status aren’t eligible to receive cash assistance at all.    

APA children and families are in need now more than ever

APAs are often the invisible segments of our community masked by the model minority myth, and will continue to be left out. The COVID19 pandemic highlights the systemic inequities our community already faces. CACF recognizes how crucial it is to continue the fight for more fair and responsive systems that will be able to meet our needs. We are working tirelessly to ensure the APA community is included in relief and recovery initiatives, and that the most vulnerable populations are protected. While we continue our fight for larger systems-change, we realize the need to take immediate action now.

With your support to the APA RICE Fund, CACF can continue to provide emergency cash assistance to APA New Yorkers affected by this crisis and support families now! Your contribution will help provide critical dollars to children and families who have nowhere else to turn. 

Your support will save lives.