As the coronavirus continues to challenge our country medically and financially, Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center, Inc. (CISC) has established an emergency fund to help members of our Italian and Italian-American community in the Washington, D.C. area who find themselves in financial distress. These are extraordinary times and even though we are blessed to live in a fairly stable economic area, many in our immediate community lack the financial resources to support themselves and their families during the prolonged lock down. For this reason, CISC has set up the #WeAreOneCommunity Coronavirus Emergency Fund to collect donations through this GoFundMe account. Our Coronavirus Charity Committee (CCC) is establishing specific guidelines for identifying affected individuals and disbursing all the funds directly to the recipients. The guiding principle is to give precedence to community members in the front lines, such as medical workers and first responders. The CCC is chaired by CISC Board Member Dennis Santoli, Esq. Members of the CCC are currently: Vincenzo (Enzo) Fragomeni, Eileen Parise, Willy Meaux, and Maria Marigliano. The Committee is working with the support of Holy Rosary Church (the national Italian parish) and representatives of our local Italian and Italian-American organizations to help identify individuals in need. “In this unprecedented time, we hope everyone can donate an amount they feel comfortable with, so that we can provide some relief to those in our community who truly need our support during this pandemic,” said CISC President, Francesco Isgro’. Thank you in advance for whatever support you can give.
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