UCP of the North Bay
Community Outreach Update
May 22, 2020
On “Giving Tuesday Now,” May 5, we launched our own fundraising campaign with a goal to hit $18,000 to purchase 300 Amazon Fire Tablets. We are giving them to our participants so that they can connect to our online classes and activities. We are having a “Community Unity Match Week,” Tuesday, May 26 through May 31. We have raised matching funds for all donations during that week, up to $6,000. For every $60 donation you make, our matching donation would qualify you for a double entry to win the “Post-Pandemic Getaway” (donated and valued at $2,000) that will be drawn on Friday, June 5 during a live inspirational comedy show by our Campaign Ambassador Michael Pritchard at 5:00 p.m. on our Zoom platform. You are invited to donate to the campaign and join us for the show at www.UCPNB.org/givingtuesdaynow.
Since the onset of Covid-19 and the Shelter-In-Place order, UCP of the North Bay has been very active advocating and supporting legislation to assist individuals with developmental disabilities directly and maintain funding to keep our developmental disabilities system intact. We routinely forward emails from ANCOR, a national network of providers, requesting that you support critical issues by contacting decision-makers using their online email tools. These campaigns have been very effective and we ask that you continue your support by responding when given the opportunity. We just sent one out today. For more information, please visit their website at www.ancor.org.
We continue to take the health and safety of the people we support and our employees extremely seriously, so a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak remains our top priority. We are constantly reviewing guidance from the CDC and other public health experts on the most effective ways to remain safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Using that information along with internal conversations with key team members, we continue our proactive response for all employees on preventing community spread of this contagious virus. We are beginning to make preparations for slowly re-opening our programs when it becomes safe to do so. We are not quite there yet! Please take seriously the continuing recommendations for social distancing. We are saving lives!
Public health organizations continue to make clear that we must continue to take preventive steps NOW to slow community spread. In addition, please check the UCPNB website for weekly updates from the Adult Outreach Program and the Cypress School Distance Learning School. Work hard, be kind, stay home and stay connected.
In addition to our internal response, we urge you to stay updated on the progression of the COVID-19 in the North Bay, California, and the United States and its impact on people with disabilities:
- People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities – Forbes
- Webinar on COVID-19 Update and Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention