Caring for communities

Organizations and leaders step up in creative ways to care for communities, especially those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

This past weekend, ACCESS, a WKKF grantee organization in Dearborn, Michigan, tested more than 562 health care workers and first responders through drive-through testing outside of busy hospital waiting rooms. This helps hospitals to treat people more effectively and for those who test negative to get back to their jobs with confidence.

A Los Angeles-based healthy fast food chain and WKKF grantee, Everytable, prices its meals based on the median income of the neighborhood where its stores are located. As a social enterprise, it provides nutritious food in communities, especially low-income communities, which often lack access to healthy food. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Everytable worked with government agencies to provide thousands of meals for residents and set up a direct helpline for food access and relief.

The Endangered Languages Project is compiling COVID-19 public health information in as many languages as possible, including Indigenous languages and those that are often overlooked. If you have other examples, send to them in the email listed in the document.

Social distancing and staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 poses challenges to our mental and emotional well-being. Dr. Giuseppe Raviola, director of mental health at Partners In Health (WKKF grantee) shares a list of key practices to maintain good mental and emotional health such as focused meditation, positive family time and exercise.

When communicating about COVID-19, how can you be clear and effective? The Communications Network created a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit to share and crowdsource best practices and resources from foundations and nonprofits. Here are some crisis communications tips and examples to incorporate into your own messaging.

To share learning resources now that so many children are at home based on public health COVID-19 guidance, the Indian Pueblo Culture Center has made their innovative Indigenous Wisdom, Pueblo-based K-12 curriculum available for download at no charge — so students and families in many communities can access and explore.

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