Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation ties up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate a whopping $4.2 million to LA domestic violence victims amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rihanna and Twitter's Jack Dorsey have pledged $2.1 million each to provide LA domestic violence victims and their children with shelter, food, and counseling services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rihanna at the 1-Oak Nightclub following the 2018 Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine
Los Angeles officials have been emphasizing the availability of services for those who face domestic violence at home amid the orders of self-quarantine imposed by the state. Rihanna and Jack Dorsey have now teamed up to provide an emergency fund for those directly affected, especially as the number of incidents are on the rise in Los Angeles.
Approximately 90 people per week are shunned along with their children from shelters in LA since "Safer at Home" guidelines were put in place in March.
The singer, through her Clara Lionel Foundation, and Jack Dorsey, funded a joint grant to the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, which was recently announced by a representative from the foundation. It is directed towards 10 weeks of expenses for shelter, meals, and counseling for individuals and children suffering from domestic violence, especially with shelters full and incidents of violence on the rise.
According to the Los Angeles Housing Authority, approximately 90 people per week are shunned along with their children from shelters in LA since "Safer at Home" guidelines were put in place in March. Now, the grant enables people seeking a place to stay to get housing and food for the next ten weeks.
The generous donation isn't the only thing Rihanna and Jack Dorsey have been doing, as Dorsey previously announced that $1 billion of his equity in Square is to be given to COVID-19 relief efforts. Rihanna and Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation also pledged $2 million in grants to COVID-19 response efforts to support undocumented workers, children of frontliners, elderly and homeless populations, and the incarcerated.
The Clara Lionel foundation also provided $5 million in grants to on-the-ground foundations working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response to protect and prepare the at-risk communities in the US, the Caribbean, and even Africa. Rihanna asked her fans to stop asking her for a new album, as she's currently busy trying to help "save the world."
Previously, Rihanna spoke up about racism in the UK and the US, something she's experienced firsthand. After opening up about her experience of living in Barbados as an immigrant from Guyana, she began her humanitarian efforts to try and aid those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.