The County needs 50 volunteers to help!

Hello Community Partners,

Covid 19 – Food Delivery Volunteer Opportunity

Duties and Schedules:

Noon to 2:00 PM –  Volunteer will serve as a Loader only  

Noon to 5:00 PM – Volunteer will serve as a Loader PLUS as a Ride-Along Box Unloader

Need to report by 11:45 AM

Possible days of the week – Monday through Thursday (one or more days each week)

Tasks:

  • Lift and carry an approximate 22-pound box of food to each residential door or porch
  • Deliver up to 25 boxes each shift
  • Safely enter and exit delivery vehicle
  • Proper use of a cart or dolly
  • No person to person contact
  • One shift per day per volunteer
  • Assignment begins the week of May 25th – ongoing

Sites:

Concord* – Seneca 3200 Clayton Road, Concord, CA  94519

            *County Connection offered volunteer transportation from home to the site if needed, for volunteers who live   within County Connection’s service area.

El Sobrante – Seneca Catalyst – 1060 Manor Road, El Sobrante, CA  94803

Equipment:

Tools – hand truck, cloth mask and bus drivers will be provided

Attire:  

Uniform / Dress Code – sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing that allows for proper lifting techniques, own mask if you prefer to use your own vs. one being issued

Volunteer Wellness and Training:

Breaks, Injury and Illness protocols, nutrition, weather, just in time instructions

Special Qualifications:  must have background clearance.

Registration:  Please email your interest and any questions to Shannon.Ladner-Beasley@cchealth.org

 

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Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa County

Loaves and Fishes operates 4 dining rooms: Martinez, Oakley, Antioch and Pittsburg where they serve meals Monday through Friday.  During the pandemic they no longer allow recipients to enter the dining room, but instead hand them a boxed to-go meal.  With the increased public food needs due to loss of employment etc. they are serving up to 650 meals/day.  One of the urgent needs is for water since many of these individuals are homeless or “living outside”.  They have asked CCCVOAD to try to find an organization willing to fund or deliver 400 16.9 oz plastic bottles of water per week during the COVID-19 crisis to distribute with to-go meals. .Once the crisis has passed, they can resume serving beverages as they used to do.  They are looking for a commitment through September.  This project can be done in one of the following two ways:

  1. Organization buys the water and delivers water to their main facility: 510 Garcia Ave, Pittsburg.  I did a trial run today at Costco.  Costco’s Kirkland brand is $4.99 (including the recycling charge) for a 40 count case of 16.9 oz. bottles. $50/week plus gas/time.I would recommend using a pick-up truck and purchasing 2 weeks supply at a time.
  2. Organization funds to have the water purchased by Loaves and Fishes which is more expensive:  $8.29 for a 35 count case of 16.9 oz. bottles.  For 11.4 cases that is $95.34/week plus shipping costs.

 

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Contra Costa County Health Housing and Homeless Services

The county uses CORE workers to go out to homeless encampments in the county to deliver food, hygiene kits and assist them with other needs.  They previously asked for 2-day meal kits which were provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  They are also asking for 500 total kits/month split 50%/50% male/female kits for the next 4 months with equal quantities hygiene kits which include the following:

For all kits:

2 small shampoo,/conditioners

2 body washes or soaps

1 toothbrush

1 large toothpaste

1 package of hand wipes 

1 deodorant

2 pairs of socks

Hand sanitizer (H3 has a supply to add to these kits but could always use more if available)

1 cloth mask/face covering or 3 disposable face masks

 

For men’s kit:

1 men’s razor

1 small shaving cream or soap

 

For women’s kit

5 tampons or 5 sanitary napkins/pads

1 women’s razor

1 small shaving cream or soap

 Each kit should be placed in a clear plastic bag – zip lock bag preferable.  On the outside of the bag in permanent marker label with  or  for Male or Female.  Multiple bags can be placed in cardboard boxes for ease of transportation.  

 

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Mega Donation Day!

The First Christian Church of Concord is sponsoring a Mega Donation Drop off Event on Sunday, June 14thfrom 1pm – 3pm at 3039 Willow Pass Rd. The donations will support SHARE, the North Concord Shelter, Hope Solutions (formerly CCIH) and First Place for Youth.

The Outreach team will be in charge of organizing a drive through our church parking lot, where members may drop off their donated items for the four community groups listed above.

All members donating items, must stay in their car and wear masks. Please clearly mark your donated items with the name of the organization you are donating to and place your items in the trunk of your car.  The Outreach team will remove your items from your trunk. They too will be wearing masks and gloves.

Below are items to be collected for each group. Start collecting and organizing now!

 

HOPE SOLUTIONS: Formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Any kitchen kits (e.g. Walmart dinner sets for 4) or

Individual plates, cups, silverware

Other kitchen/household items: pots and pans (new or gently used)

Cleaning supplies e.g. hand soap, trash bags

New bath towels

New linens

$25 Target gift cards for new families moving into homes.

 

FIRST PLACE FOR YOUTH: This organization finds housing for young adults that have aged out of the Foster Care program.

Same as above as well as:

Toilet paper

Fans (for summer)

New towels and linens Walmart bed sets (queen only)

Any gift cards for food or clothing (eg. Burlington gift cards for job interviews)

 

NORTH CONCORD SHELTER: 

Razors

Deodorant

Q-tips

Body lotion and sunscreen

Eyeglass (all kinds, readers)

Men’s belts                                                                                                                                       

Any regular ground coffee, preferable single instant packets                                   

Sugar packets and Creamer                                                                                           

Tea bags                                                                                                                                                 

Individual juices and water                                                                                                                

Decks of cards, crossword puzzles books, journals and colored pencils                                                      

Donations made out to: Health, Housing and Homeless Services, 2400 Bisso Lane #D2, Concord 94520

 

SHARE: Food pantry at 3039 Willow Pass Rd.

Staple food items: can tuna, mac and cheese and peanut butter                                 

Any easy off/ pop top cans of soups and spaghetti, etc.                                            

 Top Ramen, small bags of grains, pasta and rice                                                            

Share can also take any extra fruit from your gardens.                                                       

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Winter Nights Family Shelter

has closed its Family Shelter & Parking Lot Program operation for the season.  https://cccwinternights.org outlines how to contribute. All meals are being provided or being catered in to decrease contact with volunteers.  Below is a letter from the Winter Nights Executive Team:

How Winter Nights is coping with the shelter in place order

The new shelter in place rules have turned the Winter Nights volunteer-powered model on its head and has created many unique challenges. 

However, closing is not an option and Winter Nights will continue to support families until they find stable housing solutions.

6 feet apart, but closer than ever!

Dealing with school closures and shelter in place, in what is essentially a communal living environment, is a team effort. It has brought the executive team, staff, congregations, donors and families closer than ever before. Staff at Winter Nights are doing extra duty because of the absence of volunteers, congregations have offered their sites as a shelter in place location and instead of preparing food they are ordering in from local restaurants. Travelling Tutors are setting up video conferencing to motivate and support students with online learning and our Program Director is staying in constant touch with health and housing agencies, providing guidance to staff and families under stress. 

We want to take this time to thank all of our congregations for the vital support you have always given to our families. These are difficult times but we will get through them together. 

Stay healthy, and take care of yourselves, and each other.

We are so grateful to all of you.

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Monument Crisis Center

as of now is handing out food on Mondays and Thursdays. Check their website at https://www.monumentcrisiscenter.org for more information about daily updates and needs.

Hello Faith Friends-

    As most of you know,  food insecurity is a bigger problem than ever during this Covid-19 crisis. The team at Monument Crisis Center is working tirelessly to address the growing need among at-risk families in Contra Costs County. The lines are still around the block each day, and the wholesale, non-profit food sources are beginning to diminish. Without the help of our volunteers, the staff is trying to keep us with distributions, donations and all of their regular work. But they are making it happen, back to our roots, staying fluid and always with smiles on their faces!

     And here is the good news: the generosity of all of you!!! Thanks to your amazing outreach and that of your congregations, we are welcoming donations of both food and funds every day! I can’t  believe the numbers of people at the center trying to give what they can. From food to emergency grants to even some offering their stimulus checks! Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do. Your food drives and monetary donations are most needed and so appreciated. Here is info about two of our faith communities hosting events:

Life Church East Bay, 4255 Clayton Rd., Concord, CA 94521                                                                                                  Collecting donations of non-perishable food 8AM-4PM Mon-Fri in their multi-purpose room to be delivered to Monument Crisis Center for the next two weeks.

“NO TOUCH” Drive Up Food Drive  St. Joan of Arc Parish Parking Lot                                                                       2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA 94583                                                                                            WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH, 10 AM- 12 NOON                                                                                             Drive up, pop your trunk, donate non-perishable food for Monument Crisis Center.

If you are inspired to host an event, have a grant opportunity or can just help us get the word out about these events or donations direct to the center, we would greatly appreciate it. Our hours of distribution and donations for the next few weeks are below, as well as a letter from Sandra our executive director and a link to an ABC7 news story starring one of our own Rev. Steve Hassett of St. Stephen’s in Orinda who has been an amazing partner during this crisis.

    Thank you again for all of the love and support. Stay healthy and well and feel free to reach out to me any time.

MONUMENT CRISIS CENTER HOURS through 5/15                                    MONDAYS  9AM -12NOON   FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND DONATIONS          TUESDAYS  9AM -12NOON   FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND DONATIONS          WEDNESDAY 9AM -12NOON DONATIONS ONLY!                                     

OR DONATE FROM HOME BY TEXTING MCC TO 41444!

Best, Cheryl

Dear Friend-

As you can imagine Monument Crisis Center, the largest food pantry in Contra Costa County,  is in the thick of it.  I am apologizing in advance for the long email, link and attachments!!!

Here is what I have been sharing (see below and attached)

As you know so well…Monument Crisis Center (MCC) is a critical family resource center in Concord, serving Contra Costa County’s extreme low-income residents.  Our community-based nonprofit has assisted the at-risk community with 5 Core Programs & Safety-Net services for 17 years.

In response to this medical & economic catastrophe, the Center activated our Disaster Plan for Emergency Food Distribution providing groceries and basic necessities to those in need. 

With rising health concerns, stay-at-home directives, and skyrocketing unemployment, the situation at Monument Crisis Center has become dire.  For many people (some who never faced these kinds of challenges before) we are the lifeline that they are depending on. 

Yesterday, a young couple expressed their shock at losing their jobs, they can’t make rent, their children can’t go to school and can’t keep up because they don’t have the laptops and the wifi, and their elderly parents have found it necessary to move in with them, because the grandfather needs fulltime care.  Now, they are coming to MCC  clients and they are so grateful that Monument Crisis Center is here for them. 

We know this scene is being repeated over and over again throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the country.

For MCC over the last 4 weeks:

  • The Center is now feeding a record increase to 3,000 per food distribution (300+ families) 
  • More people are accessing services than during the recession years
  • Supply chain is weakening making it difficult to secure food at wholesale prices
  • Grants, including a large one from Kaiser Permanente, are now on hold
  • Grants from municipalities (city, county, state) may be canceled by the new fiscal year – due to loss of sales/hotel tax with all businesses closed right now and so many expected to go out of business
  • Most of our regular volunteers can’t be onsite due to age/health concerns, so right now only staff are working and we are slowly going to start bringing a few in next week.
  • Bay area media has thankfully been broadcasting stories about the Center on TV and radio (ABC, KRON, KTVU and KCBS) as well as newspapers trying to get the word out that we need help from all areas.
  • The offices of CA Senator Steve Glazer, CA Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer, Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, and Concord Mayor Tim McGallian and Vice-Mayor Aliano have all been on weekly i calls with the Center and other area nonprofits really trying to support, learn the challenges and rally the community to help.
  • The main sources of FOOD/GROCERIES and basic necessities for our Contra Costa County area are Monument Crisis Center and the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, and for prepared meals –  Meals on Wheels and Loaves and Fishes

Many people we are serving are dealing with significant stress and uncertainty, especially about how to feed their family, pay their bills, and keep a roof over their heads.  To compound the issue, they are joining thousands already struggling.

Monument Crisis Center initiated this vital response on March 20,2020 aiding more than 300 families at each food distribution. 

We would greatly appreciate your help (in any amount) to continue this fight – to ensure no child, family, adult or senior is hungry in our community. 

Attached:

  • 5 core program flyer and March 2020 calendar prior to CO-vid-19
  • MCC Mission and Disaster Mission Statement
  • Flyer for supporters after week 1 of distributions  
  • Bilingual flyer for those in need Week 4

Below – link to ABC CHANNEL 7 story about a week ago with terrific help from Pastor Stephen Hassett

https://abc7news.com/coronavirus-families-monument-crisis-center-grocery/6074185/

Many thanks and be well,

Sandra Scherer     
Executive Director
(925) 222-6868 direct (now info line only)
(925) 330-4401 cell
Best way to reach me is email:  Sscherer@monumentcrisiscenter.org

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Solano/Contra Costa Food Bank

remains open as an essential service. https://www.foodbankccs.org for more information on how to donate and help right now. 

The Contra Costa Food Bank will be hosting a food drive on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway parking lot.

Food Bank volunteers will be on hand to unload donations (contactless) from residents’ trunks or back seat of cars. Food bank volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves and will observe all social distancing guidelines. Food bank staff will also be on hand to accept cash or check donations. Checks should be made out directly to the Contra Costa Food Bank.

The food bank is asking the community for support during this challenging time, as the number of clients served since the pandemic began is up 30% to 50% based on preliminary observations. Monetary donations are as critical as food. The volume purchasing allows the food bank to obtain threeto- four times more food per dollar than consumers.

When thinking of food to donate, the food bank suggests picking healthy, nonperishable food. Some of their greatest needs are listed below: 

• Natural peanut butter 
• Whole grain cereals 
• Hearty low-sodium soups 
• Beans and lentils 
• Canned tuna or chicken 
• Canned fruit-in-juice 
• Pasta 
• Brown rice 
• Chili or nonperishable readyto- eat foods. 
• Canned tomato products

For more information: Rec Dept. 925 988 7700

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St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County

are continuing to distribute food from most of our 20 food pantries and emergency help through our SVdP branches
Your Neighbors Need You- St. Vincent de Paul is Here to Help
The individuals and families that St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, (SVdP), help are struggling now more than ever. They live paycheck-to-paycheck, and now their paychecks are gone. Many families have never needed assistance before, but do now.Visit St. Vincent de Paul’s website for an detailed update on services available: http://www.svdp-cc.org, or call (925)439-5060.
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County is here to help:

  • SVdP’s 750 Volunteers, “Vincentians”, from 29 branches throughout the county are still helping – providing emergency assistance and operating 20 food pantries. 
  • SVdP Family Resource Center in Pittsburg: The Emergency Food Pantry and Free Dining Room are open M-F, and we are taking calls to help people locate additional resources.
  • St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Stores have closed, and as this is the organization’s “earned-income” we have lost a major source of revenue. This also resulted in laying off 28 employees.
  • St. Vincent de Paul’s branches, who receive funding from their local parishes, have lost their quarterly collection – 100% of it gets distributed to local neighbors-in-need. This is a loss of $270,000 for the community.
Listing of St. Vincent De Paul services in congregations and centers around the county.

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The Share food pantry in Concord

serves all of Contra Costa County (at First Christian Church, 3039 Willow Pass Rd., Concord)

Needs food donations. We can help our Share food pantry which serves all of Contra Costa County. They need staples such as tuna, mac and cheese and peanut butter. We can also bring fruit from our gardens. They desperately need food for homeless people such as pull-top cans of soups, spaghetti, and Top Ramen.

Food items can be brought directly to the pantry which is located at 3039 Willow Pass Road in Concord which is the property of first Christian Church. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am until 1:40pm.                         

If you have questions, call Share at 925-827-4273 during their regular hours or contact Jan Carpoff 925-286-8022.

We buy most of our non-perishable food from the food bank, but in addition we receive some food items from Safeway and Trader Joe’s. Safeway gives us bread and dessert items from their bakery and Trader Joe’s gives us salads and meat. Since the stores have been selling out of bread and meat, we have not been receiving the donations that we usually do. At the present time, we have no meat to give out to people. If you would like to donate money to Share the address is Share, PO Box 399, Concord CA 94522. Food items can be brought directly to the pantry which is located at 3039 Willow Pass Road in Concord which is the property of first Christian Church. We are open Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Friday from 10 until 1:40. All the people who work at Share are volunteers so $.99 out of every dollar goes to buy food.

We can use staples such as tuna, mac and cheese and peanut butter. People also bring us fruit from their gardens. We desperately need food for homeless people—pop top cans of soups and spaghetti, etc as well as Top Ramen.

We expect demand for food will increase as many people will not be getting their usual pay checks.

If you have questions, call Share at 925-827-4273 during their regular hours or contact Jan Carpoff 925-286-8022.

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The Food Room at Hillcrest UCC in Pleasant Hill

Hillcrest Food Room is not open for the time being.  
Clothing room is closed. 404 Gregory Lane (Education Wing), Pleasant Hill. 

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First Place for Youth

is a nonprofit organization that assists young adults who have aged out of the Foster Care program. During this COVID 19 time, their clients are having difficulty finding toilet paper. We have been asked to help donate toilet paper for these in-need young adults.

How to donate the toilet paper:

  • Drop off at the Maltester house, address in the directory
  • Meet at our First Christian Church for drop off/pick up. Just call first or email Diane Maltester at dmclarinet@comcast.net

First Place for Youth would like a picture of ourselves with our donation to use for their publicity. This would also be a nice way to add a personal touch and to show the community that we care. I will send your picture on to the organization with your approval.

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County North Concord Shelter

Although most of the clients at the shelter have moved into motel rooms, the shelter has requested an urgent need for waters, sodas, juices, coffee, creamers and sugar packets. Coffee can be ground, regular or decaffeinated, instant in a jar or individual packets.

We will continue to collect men’s wallets, belts (of all sizes) and eyeglasses. Same drop off procedure as above.

Congregations can provide food in the form of catered individually packaged servings or pizza delivery. More information available from Diane Maltester at 925.765.4638 or dmclarinet@comcast.net. She would be willing to pick up donations, by arrangement.

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A letter from Shelter Inc.

Dear Valued Supporters,

We are deeply grateful for your dedication to our most vulnerable neighbors, those who are homeless or formerly homeless, seeking our help. SHELTER, Inc. is working to keep participants, visitors, volunteers, and staff safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). SHELTER, Inc. is an essential component of the human services safety net in the Bay Area. We are often the first and last line of defense for vulnerable members of our community, even saving their lives. 

SHELTER, Inc. is considered an essential service, and our shelters in Contra Costa (Mountain View Family Shelter), Solano (SHELTER Solano), and Sacramento (River District Shelter) counties will remain open.

SHELTER, Inc. has been taking appropriate precautions since before the first announcements of COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area and is following the guidance of federal, state, and local health officials, including:

  • SHELTER, Inc.’s multiple sites are closed to the public and all in-person meetings have been suspended and converted to virtual meetings where possible. These meetings are by appointment only.
  • In all locations we have established procedures for cleaning and maintaining work-spaces and common areas to combat the virus.
  • We have implemented active monitoring for participants in our shelters to check for fever, respiratory issues, and signs of any illness.
  • Each of our shelters have identified isolation areas for anyone who contracts any illness.
  • Posted signs throughout our facilities, encouraging hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.
  • We are enforcing “extreme social distancing” for all staff and participants.

SHELTER, Inc. is fulfilling its mission by continuing to serve those most vulnerable who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our communities. But we can’t do it alone. Please consider funding a meal at the shelters, as volunteer groups are unable to cook at this time. Or, give to our prevention services, which could underwrite a family hit hard by this pandemic. 

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1441660

Thank you for keeping your hearts open at this time when social distancing minimizes the spread of the virus but also creates social isolation and anxiety in vulnerable people.

Most sincerely,

John Eckstrom
Chief Executive Officer

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John Muir Health

Community Donations

We greatly appreciate the many offers to drop-off supplies, equipment and other items from our community. Your donations, combined with our existing supplies, will help to keep our patients, physicians, nurses and clinical and support staff safe.

What We Accept

To be accepted, donations must be in the original packaging and meet our infection control standards. At this time, we are accepting homemade masks, but no other homemade supplies or food.

Priority Supplies to Donate

  • Masks (N95, Surgical or Isolation)
  • Gowns (Isolation or Surgical)
  • Face Shields
  • Goggles (Non-vented)
  • Eye Shields
  • Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox or Sani-cloth)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • CAPR/PAPR Machines and Disposables

How to Donate:
To connect with us directly if you have questions about your donation or to arrange for the pick-up of a large donation, please send an email to JMHdonations@johnmuirhealth.com.

If you would like to drop-off a donation in person, please deliver it to:
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
175 La Casa Via
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Supplies donated at this location will be used for both of our medical centers (Concord and Walnut Creek) and in our outpatient facilities.Thank You!Thank you for your support as we work together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to wash your hands and stay healthy!

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SUPPORT HOPE SOLUTIONS EMERGENCY FUND
(formerly CCIH)

FINDING HOPE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Any kitchen kits (e.g. Walmart dinner sets for 4) or

Individual plates, cups, silverware

Other kitchen/household items: pots and pans (new or gently used)

Cleaning supplies e.g. hand soap, trash bags

New bath towels

New linens

$25 Target gift cards for new families moving into homes.

For over 20 years, Hope Solutions has worked tirelessly to heal the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital services to our most vulnerable neighbors. We have helped people find hope and resilience in their darkest times. And now, we are being asked to do even more to support folks hit hardest by the current health crisis.

The families and individuals we serve are already feeling the effects of our state and local response to the pandemic. As employers respond with lay-offs, major grocers scurry to keep up with demand, and schools serving hot meals have closed, the health crisis has quickly become an economic and childcare crisis for our clients.  

When you make a gift to Hope Solutions’ Emergency Fund, you will enable our front-line staff to provide families, medically-fragile residents, and seniors the resources they most need right now.

In the first week of the crisis, our team has:

•    Purchased and delivered groceries to fragile residents all over the county who must shelter in place
•    Secured hotel rooms for symptomatic homeless clients who needed a safe place to quarantine
•    Developed robust on-line work plans for children sheltering with families in modest apartments
•    Spent hundreds of hours counseling and supporting residents who are feeling isolated or overwhelmed, helping them create safety plans for themselves during this crisis


It is in facing life’s great challenges that we find our true character. I take great comfort in knowing that just as we have our clients’ backs, you have ours. Your donation to the Hope Solutions Emergency Fund will enable us to navigate these uncharted waters and find new ways to care for one another.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=Pj_BQg8rNRDdKpLcrrABd5ud2hEZz45Ilks9rbOyoHA9UF_36E8DBJ4itmgoZ2uZKUp2jm&country.x=US&locale.x=US

Carrie Veurink
Development and Outreach Manager
Formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

399 Taylor Boulevard, Suite 115
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Direct line: 925.542.5068
Fax: 925.944.2248
www.hopesolutions.org

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Jewish Family & Community Services – East Bay

Dear Friend, 

JFCS East Bay’s offices are closed, but the agency is open, still serving and responding to our East Bay neighbors in need. In this time of crisis, people are turning to us more and more. Here’s what JFCS East Bay is providing as we navigate this new reality of serving people via phone and video chat:

  • Meal, grocery, and supply deliveries to seniors and Holocaust survivors.
  • Emergency financial assistance focused on housing and food security for refugees, immigrants, and low-income families, many of whom have lost jobs and may be ineligible for government assistance.
  • Crisis counseling and case management for seniors and Holocaust survivors.
  • Ongoing therapy for young children already exposed to trauma, who are now dealing with another significant challenge in their lives.
  • Immigration legal services for vulnerable, low-income immigrants.
  • Parenting support for families suddenly juggling school, work, and home duties. 
  • Volunteer matching for isolated seniors and Holocaust survivors to receive friendly calls a few times a week.

Everyone is being impacted by this crisis, and for some it will be devastating. Here are just two examples of how JFCS East Bay has responded in recent days:

  • Eleanor is sixty years old and lives with MS. Because of her risk factors, she cannot leave her apartment to go grocery shopping or attend her rehab appointments. We have now arranged for a caregiver to give some hands-on assistance in the house and our social workers are providing mental health support over the phone. We have also matched her with a volunteer for friendly phone calls and will soon be delivering some groceries to her door.
  • The Ali family–parents and five children–recently arrived as refugees from Afghanistan. The dad was just beginning his job search. Now with everything shut down, there are no employment prospects and the family is struggling to put food on the table. Our case managers are providing remote support, and a volunteer just delivered a full load of groceries.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCEWe are here to help. You can still reach us at our regular office numbers: (510) 704-7475 in Alameda County and (925) 927-2000 in Contra Costa County. During working hours, calls are being forwarded to our office managers and will be answered. If you call after hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able. You can also fill out our Request for Information Form to receive a call or email back.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESWe are so inspired by all the people who have stepped forward to volunteer in the midst of this crisis. Current volunteer opportunities include:

  • Friendly Caller: we’ll match you with an isolated senior or Holocaust survivor so you can call and check in on them every few days.
  • Grocery Shopper: we’ll send you a grocery list and ask you to shop and deliver food to client homes. We are currently delivering to seniors and Holocaust survivors, as well as refugees, immigrants, and low-income families impacted by job loss.

To volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we’ll get back to you as possible.

SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY

Donations are urgently needed so that we can continue to respond to our community’s essential needs. Please join us today to insure JFCS East Bay will be here for our community throughout this crisis–and for all the better days ahead. DONATE

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Donating Protective Equipment and Medical Supplies for Healthcare ProvidersWe need your help!

Every day I am heartened to see so many residents step up and volunteer to help their neighbors and donate needed supplies. We are a strong community!
Here’s your chance to help out. Contra Costa County has just announced the opening of three donation sites throughout the county where you can drop off badly needed protective equipment and medical supplies for our hard-working healthcare providers. 
These supplies keep our front line healthcare workers safe and healthy so they can care for others and save lives. 
Businesses and residents are encouraged to donate only the following types of protective medical supplies (If possible, only one person should make the donation, to minimize the numbers of people going out in public): 

*        Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields 
*        Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol or bleach based               (unopened). NO baby wipes. 
*        N-95 and surgical masks (in unopened containers/boxes) 
*        Medical gowns: Disposable gowns, as well as cloth surgical and                 hospital gowns in good condition 
Donation centers will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at: 

*        West County: 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules 
*        Central County: 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill 
*        East County: 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch 
Special thanks to Facebook, which has donated 350,000 medical gloves that will be distributed throughout Contra Costa County. 

Please call the Contra Costa Health Services call center at 844-729-8410 with questions.
Click here for Contra Costa Health Department’s latest news on COVID-19and here for Contra Costa County’s ongoing efforts to protect public health
Thank you. Be well, help others, and let’s continue to make our County a model for how to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home except for essential activities. That’s how we beat this virus!

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Clean, unused 750 thread count sheets needed to make masks!

Can you ask your congregants if they have any 750 thread count sheets they bought but haven’t used? If so, please email Rev. Will McGarvey at interfaithcccc@gmail.com and he will give directions on where to drop them off or arrange a pick up from your front porch. 

Or, you can fund Felicity’s making of masks at this GoFundMe page.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-face-masks?member&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binvitesupporters&fbclid=IwAR0wL9M2h22tnyR26paQCA1h0tXc0If8b4eiy15yLhxBU3b3wd6bkTxy60E

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Please help those most in need – Request from Cindy Gershen

Hello Family and Friends

As you know I work with the underserved families in the Monument Corridor and Bay Point communities. These families have been hit hard by this crisis. Most of the parents are restaurant workers, housekeepers, gardeners and low-level members of the work force. They live from paycheck to paycheck. With the schools closed and parents out of work, there is often no money for basics. Many have not gotten paid from the last pay period because of lack of money from businesses on the edge. It’s very bleak for the underserved. But we can help!

My students and I are working to bring food to the most needy. Our goal is reach 75 families per week.

I am collecting food and bringing to my classroom to box and deliver. I am asking my neighbors and friends to help. The next time you go shopping or get a delivery of food, could you add a few items from the list below?
If you’re ready to donate items, contact Tina, tina@sustainablecoco.org, and she will make arrangements for pick up or drop off. reach Tina at tina@sustainablecoco.org

This request was posted by Tina and Tyler with Sustainable CC. Tyler participates in our ICAN monthly meetings and Cindy teaches students at Mt. Diablo High School healthy cooking, which also provides them healthy food at school. I have been looking for a way to share my neighbor’s oranges; however, regular channels are not taking fresh food. Please contribute what you can. Jan Warren

We need:

  • Bags of rice – brown or white
  • Beans – canned or dry
  • Oil, butter
  • Potatoes, onions
  • Bell peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, fresh vegetables of any kind
  • Fresh fruit, apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Canned chicken, tuna, salmon
  • Whole chickens
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Eggs, milk, block cheeses
  • Pasta, any kind
  • Tortillas, corn, flour
  • Canned broths for soup
  • Cheerios, oatmeal
  • Nut butters and jams
  • Applesauce, canned tomatoes and sauces

Thank you so much please reach out to you friends if they would like to donate food too.

I am so grateful to all of you for your help

Warmly Cindy–


Cindy Gershen
Culinary Instructor / Teacher on Special Assignment,
Mt. Diablo High School, Concord, CA

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Be sure you are healthy before going out to volunteer. Check in with your health care provider if you need to.

Pdf version of the California Volunteers flyer above: http://serve.ca.gov

 

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National listing of ways to help.

How you can help during the coronavirus outbreak – https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/21/how-you-can-help-during-coronavirus/?arc404=true&itid=lb_coronavirus-what-you-need-to-read_10