Be a catalyst for change this November 16-19th!
This Give Miami Day, we're raising critical dollars that will help us continue our work to create a more just and equitable Miami.
If you believe in advancing equity, building up our future leaders, and creating meaningful change that starts from within our communities, we welcome you to join our movement and support us this November 16th to 19th!
The pandemic has shown, more clearly than ever, just how much work is needed to achieve equity and justice in our communities. Catalyst Miami’s commitment to this mission has remained strong and unwavering. Here’s just a snippet of our work in 2020:
Through an initiative we called the Rapid Response Fund, we distributed $100,000 in the form of $500 grants to households that had lost income due to the pandemic. The generosity of our funders and donors allowed us to provide this cash assistance to families in need of support. Below are quotes from a few of the recipients:
Community Collaboration & Outreach
Our staff collaborated with our incredible team of Community Champions to increase the 2020 Census count and help Miami residents be ready for hurricane season. Together, they made 2,000+ direct calls about the census to community members.
Community Engagement Manager Izegbe Onyango, who coordinated and led the 2020 Census outreach efforts, spoke at numerous webinars about the importance of being counted.
The team also delivered 600+ hurricane preparedness kits to community members, which included a census pledge card and mask, a hurricane preparedness checklist, and tools to get them started, such as flashlights, battery-powered radios, first-aid kits, and more.
Despite the distance, we have continued helping our clients access the resources they need. We have also focused on issues of importance to them in some of our virtual events. Here's a clip from our Immigrant Information Session (full recording here).
Civic Engagement & Grassroots Advocacy
We’re proud to be part of a coalition of 60+ organizations mobilizing grassroots advocates to push the county and city for participatory budgeting that centers community priorities. We’ve seen our leadership program graduates and community members get civically involved in response to our social media advocacy posts. At the virtual Miami-Dade County budget hearing in September, more than 240 residents showed up to make public comment, and many of them were graduates of our programs.
We have maintained strong community engagement through virtual events, one of which featured Sen. Jason Pizzo and Rep. Dotie Joseph giving a summary of the last legislative session and advice for grassroots advocates.
With our coalition of partners, we have pushed FPL not to shut off power for households that are behind on payments, and urged local and state government to extend the moratorium on evictions. We and our partners organized a virtual press conference in which community members shared personal stories, and Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez and Rep. Ida Eskamani weighed in on the issue of utility disconnections.
Because we believe the best solutions and leaders come directly from the community, we have hosted civic training events, such as one on how to speak at commission meetings and a 3-part Get Voter Ready series (find the recordings on our Facebook!).
Check out this op-ed training, featuring journalists from WLRN, Miami Herald, New Tropic, Center for American Progress, and Community Justice Project.