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Rihanna, Big Sean and more donate $3.2M to COVID-19 relief efforts in Flint and Detroit

The funds will go towards food, shelter, bail relief and more.

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Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey’s #Startsmall have teamed up once again to help save the world.

According to a press release, their foundations, along with Lyft, the David Rockefeller Fund and Big Sean’s Sean Anderson Org, have donated $3.2 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in the cities of Flint and Detroit, Michigan. “This round of grants will mobilize comprehensive solutions ranging from food distribution and foster care to bail relief, temporary shelter and social support services in Michigan and elsewhere,” the press release stated.

“I personally want to thank Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey’s Start Small Fund for stepping up to help groups in Detroit and Flint on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Whitmer said. “This generous gift will give these essential nonprofits much needed resources to help address the needs of those impacted most by COVID-19.”

The funds will go directly several organizations, including Freedom House, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Coordinated Access Model Program, Flint Metro Community Project, Serenity House of Flint, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Carriage Town Ministries, Catholic Charities, My Brother’s Keeper, the Shelter of Flint, Ennis Center, Samaritas, the YWCA Safe House, Food Bank Council of Michigan, Genesee County Youth Corp, the Center for Popular Democracy and the Bail Project.

Rihanna and Jack have previously donated a total of $4.2 million to create an emergency fund to directly benefit those in domestic violence situations during stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles. The grant “will enable the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to provide 10 weeks of support for victims of domestic abuse including shelter, meals and counseling for individuals and their children,” according to the press release.

They also joined forces with JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation to donate more than $6 million to launch a COVID-19 relief fund for those in marginalized populations.

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