Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with St. John, from the radio channel 99.7Now about Project Morph, our journey, and our current donation drive.
This year has taught us the value of educating ourselves and those around you about deep-rooted problems that may disproportionately affect minority groups and black/brown communities. Thus, we focused on educating our peers about the prevalence of the issue in the Bay Area. By having the “harder” discussions with our family, friends, and nonprofits like Ruby’s Place and Rewire Community, we understand that it is our responsibility to work towards ending the stigma surrounding abuse.
Conversing with these organizations allowed us to realize that the pandemic has been detrimental to shelters, as many of them may not have the resources to safely accommodate families while implementing social distancing protocols. Thus, over the past few months, we began to organize the ideal list of items for Covid-19 Relief Survivor Care Kits.
By reaching out to our family and friends, the Project Morph team was able to raise over $1000! We are eternally grateful to live in a community where we can ask for such support. Using these donations, as well as funds from selling bracelets, we were able to create care kits in collaboration with the Rewire Community.
While we are able to safely shelter-in-place in our homes in San Ramon, many survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and/or human trafficking do not have this privilege. Due to the pandemic, people may be trapped in spaces with their abusers, which causes shelters to see a surge in people who need immediate help. This experience has shown us the potential we have to help those who have been displaced from their homes by providing them with necessities, such as soap, masks, toiletries, and food items. Along with this, it is vital to provide Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers to those who may not be able to afford it. Over the course of this year, we plan to expand and donate more care kits every month to a range of shelters in order to consistently relieve survivors during unsafe times.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way. For the donation drive, we are currently accepting new and unopened items, and the complete list can be found on our website. Check out https://linktr.ee/projectmorph to find all the ways you can get involved. Please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Listen to the 99.7 Interview here!
Our team putting together care kits