Chairman Response to COVID-19
It goes without saying that the Coronavirus Pandemic has turned the world upside down. I’d like to share with you how it is affecting Grace…
This year’s Afro Ball has been canceled. It would have been the 37th edition of the Ball and it was our biggest fundraiser of the year. Work was already under way to double the income we normally generate from the event. This heartbreaking development has left a big hole in our budget.
Our regular youth and senior programs are not currently operating. However, our incredible senior staff members are still reporting for duty. They are putting themselves at risk and working hard to meet the growing emergency needs in our service area. At the same time, they are adjusting plans to make 2020 another fruitful program year once the limitations of this pandemic are lifted. Here are the highlights of what they’re doing…
We are currently a Connecting Kids to Meals site. Many youth depend on school to provide them with food throughout the day. With schools closed, this program is supplying lunches and take-home meals for hungry kids Monday through Friday.
Our Food Pantry has expanded its hours of operation to meet the needs of unemployed folks. At this point, we are providing food boxes for over 150 families a week, as well as delivering food and personal care items to home bound over 25 seniors. We anticipate that number increasing as people remain out of work.
The Garden will be ready for a new growing season as planned. In addition to our normal planting, materials to build a pergola gateway, monument sign, and a fruit-bearing hedge are all ready to go as soon as it’s safe to bring construction crews together. Ours is one of the very best urban gardening programs in town, and now, more than ever, it’s greatly needed.
We are getting creative with plans to safely launch EduCamp this summer. It seems that organizing into small groups and following a staggered schedule may allow many activities to go on without posing a threat to our campers’ health. As our scheduled June launch date approaches, we will continue to monitor and follow recommendations coming from our government. In these frightening times, we are committed to providing our youth a happy safe haven.
WE NEED YOUR HELP RIGHT NOW to fill the gap in our budget and keep the Center open for those depending on us. We can feed a family of 5 for a week with just $21. So any donation, whether it’s $5 or $500, every dollar helps us keep our doors open and care for members of our community who need it most. Please click the DONATE button above to give now or mail a check to the address below. Thank you in advance for your generous donation! We cannot do this without you.
President of Grace Community Center Board of Director