Join FreeFrom’s Savings Matching Program / ¡Regístrese! Al programa FreeFrom, Crece tus Ahorros

Are you a survivor interested in growing your savings? Do you have at least $40 a month to put towards your savings? FreeFrom is now accepting new participants in our Savings Matching Program! We would love to join you on your savings journey and match you up to $40 a month PLUS a $20 end of program bonus. Apply today to join our Savings Matching Program!

Our Goal

Help survivors to grow a savings cushion of $500.

How It Works

Our Savings Matching Program is a trust-based savings matching program. Participants will self-report their savings each month and FreeFrom will match up to $40 a month for six months. PLUS a $20 end of program bonus on top of your last matching payment.

When does enrollment begin?

Starting today, you can enroll in the program! 

When will the program begin?

The program will officially begin September 1st. This enrollment period will remain open until 7/31 or until we reach the number of open spots available. However, if you are unable to join in time, the initial intake survey will remain open and you can fill out the survey to secure your spot for future open enrollments!

Is now the right time for you to participate? 

  1. Do you have spare income to save $40 each month for at least six months? 
  1. Do you have access to an internet connection via smartphone/tablet/computer to fill out a monthly survey?
  1. Do you have a safe way to store your savings? (e.g. perhaps you are moving around and you may not have a secure place to keep your money and track your savings)
  1. Do you have a safe way to receive your monthly matches (e.g. PayPal, Venmo, address we can send a check, bank account)?

If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be best to wait until you are able to answer yes with certainty to all four questions.

We want this program to be as beneficial as possible for you and it is perfectly fine if right now is not the best time!

Next steps:

  1. Fill out the initial intake survey to secure your spot by 7/31 here

Register for one of our webinar sessions in either English or Spanish on Wednesday, August 24th at 11am PT/ 2pm ET (English), 1pm PT/4pm ET (Spanish) to learn more about the program. If you cannot attend, register to receive the recording

¿Es un sobreviviente interesadx en aumentar sus ahorros? ¿Tiene al menos $40 al mes para poner en sus ahorros? ¡FreeFrom está aceptando nuevos participantes en nuestro programa llamado Crece tus Ahorros! Nos encantaría apoyarle en su viaje de ahorro e igualarle hasta $40 por mes MÁS un bono de $20 al fin de programa.

Nuestro objetivo

Ayudar a sobrevivientes a obtener ahorros de $500.

Cómo funciona
Nuestro programa Crece tus Ahorros es un programa de ahorros donde confiamos en la informacion que nos brinde. Lxs participantes reportan sus ahorros cada mes y FreeFrom igualará la cantidad de ahorros, hasta $40 por mes durante seis meses. ADEMÁS le vamos a proporcionar un bono de $20 al final del programa.

¿Cuándo comienza la inscripción?

¡A partir de hoy, puede inscribirse en el programa! 

¿Cuándo comienza el programa?

El programa comenzará oficialmente el 1 de septiembre. La aplicación permanecerá abierta hasta el 31 de julio o hasta completar el número de puestos disponibles. Sin embargo, si no puede apuntarse a tiempo, la encuesta permanecerá abierta y puede completar la encuesta para asegurar su lugar para cuando se abra la inscripción de nuevo.

¿Es el momento adecuado para que usted participe?

  1. ¿Tiene ingresos adicionales para ahorrar $40 cada mes durante al menos seis meses?
  2. ¿Tiene acceso a una conexión de internet a través de un teléfono celular / tableta / computadora para completar una encuesta mensual?
  3. ¿Tiene una forma segura de guardar sus ahorros? (por ejemplo, tal vez se esté mudando y no tenga un lugar seguro para guardar su dinero y ahorros)
  4. ¿Tiene una forma segura de recibir su pago de igualación de ahorros mensuales (por ejemplo, PayPal, Venmo, dirección a la que podemos enviar un cheque, cuenta de banco)?

Si respondió no a cualquiera de estas preguntas, le sugerimos que se espere hasta que pueda responder afirmativamente y con certeza a las cuatro preguntas.

Queremos que este programa sea lo más beneficioso posible para usted y está perfectamente bien si ahora mismo no es el mejor momento para comenzar. Habra posibilidades de empezar en otro mes.

Próximos pasos

  1. Complete la aplicacion para registracion antes del 31 de julio aquí: bit.ly/FFahorros

Regístrese a nuestro seminario web el miércoles 24 de agosto a la 1pm PT/4pm ET (Español),  o a las 11am PT/2pm ET (Ingles) para obtener más información sobre el programa. Regístrese aquí: Ingles: https://bit.ly/SMP-ENG22 Español: https://bit.ly/SMP-SP22 (Si no puede asistir, regístrese para recibir la grabación).

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW REPORT: When Disaster Strikes: Lessons From Survivors Living Through Winter Storm Uri

We are very excited to share our latest report that we just released today, entitled, When Disaster Strikes: Lessons From Survivors Living Through Winter Storm Uri, that shares the stories of 661 survivors impacted by Winter Storm Uri who applied for cash assistance from FreeFrom. 

In February of 2021, Winter Storm Uri—a record-breaking coast-to-coast storm—brought record-low temperatures and unprecedented snowfall to the state of Texas. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, large-scale disasters not only exacerbate survivors’ already precarious circumstances, but also expose the pervasive lack of support for survivors within societal institutions and systems. We found that the #1 need reported by survivors affected by the storm is access to unrestricted cash, which aligns with other data our team has collected about what survivors need outside of a natural disaster situation. 

Some key takeaways from the data: 

  • 1 in 4 survivors in our sample reported that the harm they had been subjected to started or got worse during Winter Storm Uri
  • 25% of survivors reported the winter storm led to increased economic abuse or threats of economic abuse 
  • 90% of survivors reported the winter storm created more expenses for them that they don’t know how to pay for
  • 58% of survivors said they didn’t and would find it difficult to set aside savings for natural disasters or other emergencies
  • 75% of survivors named access to unrestricted cash as one of their top needs; this was the most frequently reported need across all respondents

Support survivors in covering the costs to access safe abortions

FreeFrom is launching a cash assistance fund for survivors who need help in covering the costs to safely get an abortion. 

We cannot talk about economic safety and physical safety for survivors without reproductive justice. Survivors must have access to healthcare services and full control over their own bodies. 

This will be a nationwide fund that any survivor of gender-based violence can apply to in order to cover the full costs associated with getting an abortion out of state, such as transportation, lodging, etc. 

The first step is to raise money and we need your help.

Can you invest in this fund and share it with anyone else you think might be interested in doing the same? Anything you can give will go directly to survivors. FreeFrom does not keep a fee, and your donation is 100% tax deductible. 

Thank you for your commitment to survivors’ safety. We are so grateful to be in community with you.

The FreeFrom team