A message to our partners and friends about COVID-19
**UPDATE** On April 15, 2020 the Foundation announced $6.8 million in grantmaking to support the Californians hardest hit by COVID-19. This blog post from Foundation President & CEO Debbie Chang details the Foundation's approach to COVID-19 response grants. Through this funding, we are proudly supporting the California Immigrant Resilience Fund and the Relief and Resilience Fund to address domestic violence.
We continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials, and to prioritize the health and safety of out staff, we will be operating remotely until it is safe to return to our offices. We will continue working to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence.
March 14, 2020
Following the recommendations of public health officials is critical in slowing the spread of this virus. For some of us, that will mean changes to our routine; many of us will be able to work from home, cancel travel plans, change the way we shop, and rely on paid time off should the virus impact us directly. But for many Californians, the picture looks much different. How can home healthcare workers maintain social distance? What if a rideshare driver becomes ill but has no sick days or health insurance? What if your kids are home from school or childcare, but you have to keep working to pay the bills and keep your job? In our interdependent world, it’s all too easy to see how any one of these disruptions can cascade across communities.
There’s good reason to feel anxious right now. And yet, the power to alter the course of this pandemic is within us and our communities. When we take steps to protect ourselves and others, when we share accurate and helpful information, or when we check on a neighbor, we are engaging in something bigger than ourselves – and we’re demonstrating the power of our humanity.
Ray Baxter & Debbie Chang