#PassTheCheck: Get COVID-19 government support to those who need it most

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In response to COVID-19, the Senate has just passed a trillion-dollar aid package to send checks to millions of Americans. Some of us will receive a single one-time check of up to $1,200, based on income. For those with the greatest need, this is not enough. Not even close.

That’s why I’m asking people to pledge to #PassTheCheck. Some of us (myself included) will get a check from the government. And some of us (myself included) are lucky enough to continue receiving a paycheck from work during this time.

So I’m pledging to #PassTheCheck along to someone who needs it more. And I’m asking you to do the same: promise to send on your check to help people who have suddenly found themselves unable to make ends meet.

I’m excited about this idea because I work at a nonprofit called GiveDirectly — for 10 years, GD has been sending money to people around the world who need it most, no strings attached. In fact, GiveDirectly just started sending $1,000 to single mothers across the United States who are on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program run by the government). I was raised by a single working mother who is a nurse and currently taking care of elderly patients in the Bay Area, so GiveDirectly’s project hits close to home for me. I’m going to #PassTheCheck on to GiveDirectly so a single mom on SNAP can get my government check instead.

But there are also other ways you can give directly. Maybe you know someone personally who could use the extra money. Or you might have another organization you trust to pass your check along to someone in need. But if you don’t, GiveDirectly can help handle the logistics, prevent fraud, and ensure your check gets in the hands of someone who really needs it. 

This is a movement for those of us who have a little extra to give right now. Whether you get a government check you don’t need, or have a little extra on hand because you’re continuing to receive a paycheck from work, pledge to #PassTheCheck to someone who needs it more. 

Once I get my government check, I’m going to #PassTheCheck. Will you pledge to do the same?