HSC is working hard at the City, State, and Federal level to make sure nonprofits and our staffs have the support they need to continue their lifesaving work through COVID-19. Join us in calling on our elected leaders each week on Fight for the Frontlines Friday.

WEEK 4 – May 29th
Federal Advocacy

Send a letter to your Senator on May 29th!  

The House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion stimulus bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), which included reforms to support nonprofit organizationsJoin us to ensure that the next COVID-19 federal legislation includes nonprofit human services organizations as the sector will be needed more than ever in the coming weeks as more people are in need of critical services. We are asking that the next federal stimulus package:  

STEP 1: Find your Senator and their contact information by clicking here. 

STEP 2: Use our sample letter to share your concerns. 

WEEK 5 – June 5th
Cash Flow
Call Your City Council Member

Call your City Council Member on June 5th!

We want to make sure the City Council hears from the sector about ways the City can improve the human services-government contracting relationship as many providers have shifted programs and experienced unforeseen costs, while others have had to defer programming. The consistent delays in payments, the underfunding of programs and the lack of collaboration with providers on program design and budget have a detrimental effect on the nonprofits and the communities they serve. Our sector needs and deserve the support of government as they too battle COVID-19 on the frontlines.

We ask that the City Council push the administration to:

WEEK 6 – June 12th
Infrastructure & Capital Commitments

We are asking the City and the State to establish a $100 million technology infrastructure fund so human services providers can effectively provide remote services and fill the gap in technology that became painfully apparent when non-frontline staff started to work from home. 

Moreover, we urge the City and State to commit to rolling over and preserving all capital commitments into the next fiscal year and committing to provide additional contingency costs as a result of delays caused by COVID-19.

WEEK 7 – June 19th
Forgive Nonprofit Debt
Twitter Chat

On June 19th we will ask the City to forgive nonprofit debt so providers can remain solvent while facing a long-term increased need for services and additional COVID-19 related expenses. 

Join HSC at 1pm Friday, June 19th for a Twitter Chat on nonprofit debt using the campaign hashtag #Fight4TheFrontlines. Think of it as a digital panel discussion! Keep an eye out for a list of questions and instructions that we will be sending out early that week to give everyone time to prepare. 

WEEK 1 – May 8th
Discretionary Funding
Call-In Day

Call your City Council Member on May 8th! 

Join us to ensure that the City Council provide human services organizations clear guidance on discretionary funding for FY21 and to preserve funding for critical services next year. 

We’re asking the Council to allow providers to convert all discretionary funding to general operating support so that providers have more resources at their disposal to pivot to critical needs and ensure discretionary contracts are paid out quickly and in full. 

WEEK 2 – May 15th
Workforce: Incentive Pay, PPE, and COLA
Social Media Action

Our workers are on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 and keeping communities safe, please join us in celebrating the workforce by sharing photos and videos of workers delivering essential services this Friday as we call upon government to provide incentive pay, PPE, and cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for human services workers.  

CLICK HERE to download our sample tweets and graphics.

Start collecting photos and videos of now, showing workers out in the community, delivering food, staffing shelters, as well as working remotely to tutor, provide counseling, and checking in our clients. Then on Friday, May 15th, tweet the stories and videos using #Fight4TheFrontlines, and you can also join us on Facebook and Instagram.  

Some tips! Here are the kinds of videos and images that will be perfect for this action:

Don’t forget to tag our government partners at the City and State and ask that they: 

WEEK 3 – May 22nd
Budget Advocacy

On Friday, May 22nd, we’ll be focusing on calling for more budgetary support for human services organizations on social media. Join us for A Day Without Human Services!
To participate:
  1.  Get your own personalized Tweets! – fill out this survey by COB TOMORROW, 5/20. HSC staff will use the data to craft personalized tweets for your organization to send out on Friday to help illustrate the impact of a day without human services for the community. If you fill out the survey by the deadline, you will have personalized tweets sent to you in time for Friday’s action.
  2. On Friday, 5/22, change your Twitter profile photo to the Fight for the Frontline logo and your Twitter banner picture to a Fight for the Frontlines banner – and ask your staff, colleagues, friends, and family to join us as well. Then tweet out your personalized tweets throughout the day using our hashtag #Fight4TheFrontlines.

Together, we can demonstrate the tangible value of our services to government officials in order to secure future funding for the supports we offer to community members.