Companion legislation to Klobuchar’s Senate bill introduced today in the House of Representatives by Representative Linda Sánchez 

The WORK NOW Act will help nonprofit organizations meet increased service demand due to coronavirus pandemic and help newly unemployed Americans return to work serving their communities 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) legislation to help nonprofits hire workers during the coronavirus pandemic was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday by Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA). The WORK NOW Act will help organizations meet increased service demand due to the pandemic and help newly unemployed Americans return to work serving their communities. 

In May, Klobuchar introduced the legislation in the Senate with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Carper (D-DE), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Coons (D-DE).

The Work Now Act is also cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). 

"Nonprofits are on the front lines of this crisis helping millions of Americans in need. From food banks, to shelters, to counseling centers, charitable organizations are doing incredible work to help families put food on their table, provide housing assistance, and serve people with disabilities,” Klobuchar said. “But as demand for their services soars, many of these organizations are struggling financially. At the same time, nearly 50 million Americans have lost their jobs and many are still looking for work. We need to help charitable nonprofits keep their doors open, scale their invaluable services, and provide opportunities for unemployed Americans to return to work serving their communities.”

“Since the pandemic began, nonprofits and frontline organizations catering to vulnerable populations like homeless shelters, foodbanks, and domestic violence shelters, have seen declines in revenue and volunteers,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez.  “At the same time, these nonprofits are trying to adhere to social health guidelines while trying to stay afloat.  This bill will provide new grants to allow nonprofits to retain their workforce or provide jobs for newly unemployed people.”

The legislation is endorsed by the following groups:

National Organizations

After-School All-Stars

Alliance for Aging Research

American Alliance of Museums

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)

Arthritis Foundation

Association of Art Museum Directors


Beyond Celiac

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

Catholic Charities USA

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Child Care Aware® of America

Child Welfare League of America 

Children's Leadership Council

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition on Human Needs

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces

Equal Rights Advocates

First Focus Campaign for Children

Girls Inc.

Justice in Aging

League of American Orchestras

March of Dimes

Meals on Wheels America

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Muslim Public Affairs Council


National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Afterschool Association

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

National Association of Social Workers

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

National Council of Nonprofits

National Diaper Bank Network

National Employment Law Project (NELP)

National Health Council

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Recreation and Park Association

National Women’s Law Center

Nurse-Family Partnership

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

PACER Center

Partnership for America's Children

Performing Arts Alliance

Public Advocacy for Kids (PAK)

Sperling Center for Research and Innovation

Spina Bifida Association

Teach For America

The Arc

The Salvation Army

The Trevor Project

Theatre Communications Group

Union for Reform Judaism

YMCA of the USA



State and Local Organizations

California Association of Nonprofits

Delaware Alliance of Nonprofit Advancement

Aha Punana Leo

Aloha United Way

Big Brother Big Sister, Hawaii

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui

Breastfeeding Hawai?i Coalition

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Faith Action, Hawaii

Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center

Hawai'i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO)

Hawaii Chapter – National Hemophilia Foundation

Hawaii Children's Action Network

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii County Council

Hawaii Public Health Institute

Hawaii State Legislature

Hep Free Hawai‘i

Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Non Profit Directors Association (MNPDA)

Parents And Children Together


Stop the Violence

We Are Oceania

YWCA, Hawaii Island

YWCA, Oahu

Kentucky Nonprofit Network

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development (Minnesota)

ASPIRE Minnesota

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Montana Nonprofit Association

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) (Nebraska)

New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits

Center for Non-Profits

Children’s Aid

New York Council of Nonprofits

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO)

Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)

Momentum Nonprofit Partners (Tennessee)

Washington Nonprofits

After-School All-stars, Hawaii

Hawaii Afterschool Alliance