Beyoncé announces a $6m donation to help essential workers amid coronavirus

The money will aid mental health and wellness services during the pandemic

Beyoncé recently spoke out about coronavirus, thanking essential workers for their efforts to limit the spread and impact of the virus. Now, the singer has made a pledge to fund assistance for those workers, through her BeyGood Foundation.

In partnership with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Start Small fund, the foundation will contribute $6 million towards mental health and wellness services for essential workers during the pandemic. 

The initiative also includes a partnership with UCLA, as well as the National Alliance in Mental Illness, which provides support to various communities across the US.

“Communities of color are suffering by epic proportions due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” BeyGood writes in a statement, echoing Beyoncé’s own comments about the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on black Americans. 

“Communities that were already lacking funds for education, health and housing are now faced with alarming infection rates and fatalities.” 

“These are unprecedented times and it will take our collective efforts to make a difference.”

 Jay-Z has also taken part in the effort to provide relief during coronavirus, while Blue Ivy Carter has helped get the word out about the importance of washing your hands in a cute PSA.