FAQ/ Preguntas Frequentes

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  • Money can be donated using the Venmo app to the Washington Solidarity Fund account @WashingtonSolidarity. Please only donate through this link and be cautious when searching for the account name. This is the only Venmo account associated with this project.

  • If you do not have the Venmo app, you can download the app and sign up or find a peer who has it; alternatively, you can contact us at gwhssolidarityfund@gmail.com 

  • Venmo donations are held in the Washington Solidarity Fund Venmo account managed by two staff members. All money will be held in the Venmo account and donations will be retained there until being dispersed to the intended recipients.

  • Donations will be accepted beginning Friday, May 22, 2020.

  • Anyone who wishes to support the solidarity fund can donate! GW staff and community members are encouraged to donate and invite family and friends to do so as well.

  • Donations made are NOT tax exempt.

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Donation Process

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Selection of Families Process

  • There will be a higher priority given to families with one or more undocumented family members, students in transitional living situations, and families most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • At the moment, this fund is focused on serving families with one or more students currently attending Washington High School.

  • All decisions about which families will receive grants will be made by the Solidarity Fund Advisory Committee. 

  • The timeline for dispersal will depend on how quickly we meet our goal of collecting 5k. We aim to get grant money into families' hands as soon as possible.

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Money Distribution Process

  • After a family is selected by the Advisory Committee, the family will receive a $500 grant.

  • For Venmo transactions, families will receive the $500 directly to their Venmo account.

  • For families who do not have access to a bank account, families will receive the $500 in a money order. In this scenario, the Venmo account holders will send money to one staff member to withdraw from their personal bank account and placed in a money order to the family. The money order will then be delivered directly to the family.

  • 100% of funds collected will be disbursed to GWHS families in need of immediate support.

  • If we exceed our starting goal of $5,000 for ten grants of $500, we tentatively plan to award more grants to more families based on available funds.

  • In the future we may choose to partner with a community organization from the neighborhood focused on providing relief to Washington families. We are discussing a potential partnership with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: United Workers Center, an East Side based organization that supports immigrant families

  •  If we choose to partner with an organization, we will notify all donors of the shift and any potential transfer of donations to a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Transparency

  • We will provide weekly updates to donors via email regarding the amount of money raised.

  • To receive additional updates, send an email to gwhssolidarityfund@gmail.com

  • Periodic updates about our fundraising goal will also be posted to social media and the Washington Solidarity Fund Website's Donation & Updates tab as able. 

  • To protect the privacy of families, names of families will not be released.

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How to Get Involved

  • Please help us get the word out by sharing the Venmo link and digital flyers on social media!

  • If you have any questions or would like to be a part of this project, contact gwhssolidarityfund@gmail.com