Covid-19 Stewardship Opportunities
During this time we know that your ability to contribute financially may be greatly limited. If you would like to participate in stewardship, please consider one of the following opportunities:
Bronco Food Pantry (see notes on how to donate)
Resources for Being of Service during the Covid-19 Pandemic
You might need help right now, or maybe you are looking for ways you can be of service during this time, whether it is delivering groceries, picking up prescriptions, offering translation services, providing tutoring support, or just being virtual company for someone struggling with self-quarantine.
We know there are so many ways that individuals are helping each other and communities are creating mutual support. While Santa Clara-specific opportunities are in the works, this first set of links includes many resources that were curated by MoveOn -- a community organizing network. One thing they feature is this map of AARP mutual aid networks; it keeps growing, and you can add to it!
This is an excellent opportunity for us to contribute to intergenerational collaboration with community leaders who have already crowd-sourced so many helpful resources!
Resources to find help:
https://bit.ly/scuemergencyfund If you, yourself, or a Santa Clara student you know of, is in need of emergency assistance, please use the emergency fund request. You can request up to $750 for immediate expenses.
- Have you, or someone you know, experienced a hate crime in the coronavirus response, which has especially targeted Asian communities? Report it at this site developed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
- Mental health for frontline workers: Low-cost, online services for frontline communities, including health care workers, first responders, and other essential service providers without the option of staying home.
- Multilingual information on coronavirus: Information is available in 79 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, American Sign Language, and more.
- Health care workers needing masks: Use MaskMatch.com to request that folks with spare N95 or surgical masks send them to you.
- Resources for domestic violence survivors and people experiencing homelessness: National hotlines and community tips for especially vulnerable communities, with resources for both at-risk individuals and the organizations that provide direct services to these communities. People experiencing homelessness should also refer to this website to find a shelter and other resources.
- Undocumented and seeking health care: A guide to the health care options of undocumented community members. The National Immigration Law Center also created their guide on the rights of undocumented persons seeking health care and navigating private insurance and Medicaid.
- Artists and members of the gig economy: Find resources, including emergency funding and community care opportunities, on this website.
- General anxiety support: Get smart tips on managing the financial, emotional, and mental anxiety of this pandemic.
- Tipped and service industry workers: Ask for financial support from a mutual aid fund set up by One Fair Wage.
Resources to offer help:
- Send equipment to health care workers: Use MaskMatch.com to send spare N95 masks and surgical masks to individual health care workers, or use GetUsPPE.org to see what health care centers in your community need and how to donate.
- Guide on taking care of disabled and immuno-compromised friends: Notes on equitable care from a chronically ill human in the Seattle area.
- Learn to disrupt racism: This is a skill we all need to have all the time, and developing it now will help address the rising rate of hate crimes against Asian communities we're seeing in response to the coronavirus.
- How to make masks, hand sanitizer: Several clear, step-by-step, practical guides.
- Donate to relief funds: Millions have been hit with joblessness, with vulnerable communities often receiving the hardest hit or being excluded from stimulus efforts. There are countless ways to contribute—like the linked fund to provide rent relief to undocumented communities in Seattle, this Twitter thread of queer/trans artists in the gig economy, or the One Fair Wage relief fund for tipped and service industry workers, a fund to which MoveOn members have already donated more than $100,000.
- Consider creating your own mutual aid network: Here's a great guide to getting started, with more resources linked, and join the Mutual Aid slack network for more resources and community.
Have a COVID-19 question? Ask a scientist. The Federation of American Scientists has an online portal of frequently asked questions and an opportunity to submit your questions to scientists for an answer. We've all seen bad information on coronavirus floating around on the internet. When in doubt, don't reference a meme. Ask a scientist!
Neither distance nor disease will keep us from taking care of one another and building a better future for all of us.
Thanks for all you do!!
This map of local groups and resources is changing daily. Check it out, return to it, and add to it if there are more mutual aid groups in your area.