Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches July Storybook Featuring Families Who Need Paid Family and Medical Leave

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches July Storybook Featuring Families Who Need Paid Family and Medical Leave

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2021

Stories Highlight the Need to Pass the American Families Plan, Which Includes Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy launched our July Storybook. Every month, Va-CFFE publishes stories of working Virginians, small business owners, healthcare providers and patient advocates from every corner of the Commonwealth to highlight the need for paid family and medical leave in Virginia.

“With the U.S. Senate back in session and actively considering the path forward for the American Families Plan, which includes comprehensive paid family and medical leave, now is the time to listen to families across the Commonwealth about what a lifesaver this policy would be,” said Kristina Hagen, director of the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “Families shouldn’t have to choose between being there for their loved ones and paying the bills. Now is the time to ease the burden on working families and pass this policy.”

Each of the stories in the July Storybook highlights the consequences working Virginians and families face because they do not have access to paid family and medical leave. These powerful stories illustrate the struggles many face today and the positive difference a paid leave program could make for families across the Commonwealth. President Biden’s American Families Plan would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program, helping families across the Commonwealth ease the burden working families face.

This month’s stories include Courtney in Alexandria, whose family was able to benefit from DC’s paid leave program. We also feature Victor in Richmond, Executive Director of the Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia, on why paid leave is critical to ensuring access to treatment for those who suffer from substance use disorder and addiction. Derrice, a small business owner in Lynchburg, highlights what paid leave would mean to her. And our very own community organizer, Laura, who was able to benefit from the emergency paid leave funding under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

This month’s stories include:

  • Allexus, Chesterfield: Parental leave
  • Brent, Virginia Beach: Parental leave
  • Candace, Richmond: COVID
  • Courtney, Alexandria: Parental leave & the DC paid leave program
  • Deondra, Richmond: COVID
  • Derrice, Lynchburg: Small business owner
  • Diana, Hampton: Family leave & addiction
  • Jamie, Arlington: Parental leave
  • Jamie, Culpeper: Family medical emergency
  • Jenny, Chesterfield: Parental leave
  • Karen, Arlington: Eldercare
  • Latoya, Stafford: Family leave
  • Laura, Vienna: Benefited from paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Lequita, Norfolk: Parental leave
  • Maria, Burke: Family leave
  • Rae, Chesterfield: Mental health & medical emergency
  • Roxanne, McLean: Parental leave & family leave
  • Samantha, Henrico: COVID
  • Sandy, Springfield: Family leave
  • Victor, Richmond: Advocate for individuals and families affected by substance use disorder and addiction

This is the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy’s fourth storybook. The April storybook is available here; the May storybook is available here; the June storybook is available here.

For more information about the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, please visit http://www.familyfriendlyeconomyva.org.

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