When push comes to shove, Pacificans step up and give to those in need.
More than $30,000 has been distributed via the Pacificans Care Emergency Fund, the agency’s board reported to the Pacifica Tribune last week.
“The community has rallied,” board chairman Ginny Jaquith said. The fund began at the first of year and was designed to support Pacifica’s core social services in times of major disaster. Little did the board know that COVID-19 would hit just a few weeks after the effort began.
“Pacifica responded and your generosity has helped Pacificans Care help those community members directly impacted by the coronavirus. You are awesome and Pacificans Care thanks you,” Jaquith said.
Because of your contributions Pacificans Care has provided $30,000 in emergency grants to the Pacifica Resource Center, Pacifica Senior Services, Pacifica Child Care Services, and the Jefferson Union High School District Student Assistance program to address current emergency needs in the community.
Pacifica Senior Services is now helping to serve up to 200 “Grab and Go” lunches to seniors. For some it is their most substantial meal of the day. Lunches are prepared fresh each day and delivered with a smile by the senior center chef and staff. In addition, Meals on Wheels clients were surprised when a Meals on Wheels volunteer recently delivered a grocery gift certificate with their daily lunch. These certificates were generously donated by owner Vasu Narayanan and Oceana Market and matched by Pacificans Care so that 130 Meals on Wheels clients and seniors needing shopping assistance have funds to supplement their dietary needs.
During this pandemic, the Pacifica Resource Center has made grocery deliveries to over 200 Pacifica families each week to ensure that the entire family has fresh produce and grocery items. A grant from the Pacificans Care Emergency Fund covered installation costs for permits and installation of a container-size refrigeration unit to store the produce and grocery items distributed to clients. In addition, funds were made available to assist with emergency rental or mortgage assistance to families in need because of job or housing loss.
An emergency grant to the Jefferson Union High School District Student Assistance Program has ensured 130 Pacifica high school students are receiving breakfast and lunch, along with District provided educational support.
Pacifica Child Care Services creatively transitioned its preschool program to a viral program using Zoom sessions and hands-on activity kits for children and parents to continue their active school readiness program. Seventy preschool families also received a grocery certificate generously donated by Oceana Market and matched by Pacificans Care. As Child Care Services begins its school age summer day camp program this month 40 families will receive a grocery gift certificate thanks to a generous contribution from Chan and Diana Chu at Grocery Outlet and matched by Pacificans Care.
“Thank you, Pacifica, your support has made a difference during these difficult times and Pacificans Care appreciates your generosity,” said on behalf of the board.
Pacificans Care also recognizes the coronavirus pandemic is not over and the challenges for Pacificans impacted by Covid-19 will continue.
One epidemiologist who spoke at a Rep. Jackie Spieir update on the virus last week, likened the pandemic to a baseball game. It’s the second inning of a nine-inning game he said. Also, the more we know about the coronavirus the less we know, he said.
The work of the Pacificans Care emergency fund is not over. Critical needs still face Pacifica, Jaquith said. The emergency fund continues, she said, and donations can be made at www.pacificans-care.networkforgood.com .
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