The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed deep vulnerabilities for majority Black-serving nonprofit organizations and for-profit small businesses in Long Beach. These entities face underlying economic issues that make them less profitable and more difficult to scale because they are concentrated within and offer services to communities most immediately affected by the pandemic. Long Beach Black-serving organizations and small businesses suffer disproportionate economic impacts while facing the uncertainty of how to maintain service provision, ensure employee/volunteer safety, cover operational/salary costs and adapt to new ways of delivering their services in compliance with everchanging health orders.
Black-serving community-based service organizations and businesses have trusting relationships with Black community residents, which facilitates their ability to make expedient and reliable connections to this prioritized community. They deliver culturally affirming services and support and help Black residents meet their heightened needs.
I’m so grateful for Black Health Equity grants. With my grant, I can support my community while keeping my business alive during this pandemic.”