Vance’s update came the same day it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson donated seven digits to the program. “Thank you @TheRock for your extraordinary generosity and historic donation SAG-FTRA Foundation,” the group said in a message posted on Twitter. “You are helping thousands of people
@sagaftra Actors and families in urgent need, and leading others to follow! We Appreciate You!!!
The program, available to SAG-AFTRA members affected by the work stoppage and in immediate need, also includes job training and development “which we will continue to provide during and after the strike,” Vance said in a “fireside chat” posted to the foundation’s social channels today (see video above).
Vance warned that the number of applicants “will inevitably be significant” as the guild’s strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers enters its second week. “We are giving priority to members who are directly affected by the work stoppage and are unable to pay essentials like rent, food and utilities.
“We are asking members who are able to cover short-term basic living expenses to keep applying unless they need emergency assistance.”
Diversity The Johnson donation was first reported, which is not currently reflected in counter totals, on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation YouTube page. This number currently stands at $16,310.
David Robb contributed to this report
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