100 Days Until Election Day
Get Yourself Ready to Vote!
Voting is one of the many powerful ways to be civically engaged. It’s also one of the most underutilized powers U.S citizens have. The more voices rallying together, the more powerful voting becomes. Check out our voter checklist below to help and ensure your friends, family, and community are registered and ready to make their voices count.
Check your registration status
Not sure if you've registered to vote?
Register to Vote
Multi-language voter is available. Register here

Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than October 19, 2020.
Request an Absentee Ballot
Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which orders that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to November 3, 2020 in addition to offering in-person voting locations.

Registered voters do not need to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020. 

However, if your mailing address has changed, you can update your address and apply to vote-by-mail here.
Get Informed
The federal election will include voting for president and vice-president, one-third of the Senate, and all of the House of Representatives. However, State and local races will also be on the ballot in many areas.

Change often starts small and at the community level. Inform yourself about local and statewide ballot measures.
Fill Out the 2020 Census
The Census gives us data about our community, informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. Our counties receive billions of dollars from the federal government for essential services based solely on the census count.

Let your voice be heard on November 3rd, 2020. Make sure your vote-by-mail ballot is postmarked by October 19, 2020 or find your local polling place here.
Checklist informed by the Black Women for Political Action Committee
Sign-up to be a Poll Worker!

Older adults tend to account for the largest number of election poll workers. For the November 3rd election COVID-19 will make it especially dangerous for older adults to participate as voters and as poll workers. The CDC has identified seniors as a high risk population for the virus. If older Americans are unable to serve as poll workers this year, it could exacerbate problems and limitations with administration of the election.

If you feel safe enough to do so, help support democracy by volunteering to work the polls.
Additional Information and Voter Resources:

Voter Registration Hotline: 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)

“When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”
Loung Ung
(Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and lecturer)
2020 Census Updates
As of July 30th, the National Self-Response rate is at 62.8% while the California Self-Response rate is at 63.4%. There is still a ways to go.

An undercount means fewer resources for everyone - for every person not counted, our community loses $10,000 over the next 10 years. Read more about the implications of a Census undercount in California.

From August 11- October 31, 2020 enumerators will be making home visits to households that have yet to respond to the Census.

Be Counted! For more information visit:
Good luck and farewell Gin !
We bid bittersweet farewell to Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) Program Coordinator Gin Hansson, whose last day was July 31st. While we are sad to see Gin go, we are excited for her next chapter which includes starting the Masters in Social Work program at California State University East Bay this fall.

Gin has been with the EHI since June 2017. She has been essential in building and expanding our department's work within SMU and in the surrounding community.

Gin has been actively involved in SMU Active Minds and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Affinity Group. Gin has led SMU participation in the annual Oakland Chinatown StreetFest, managed student pipeline work with Oakland Unified School District, institutionalized 99 Minutes of Neuro with Dr. Puder, and served as a valued community connector. Join us in congratulating Gin and wishing her the best in her continued achievements!
Volunteer Opportunities
Unless otherwise specified, voluntary participation in any activities or events included in this digest is considered non-work, non-school related and will not be considered for academic credit or paid time. Individuals who choose to volunteer under these conditions personally assume all the benefits and risks associated with their participation. Individuals with questions about whether a particular activity may be counted as work or for academic credit should contact their immediate supervisor or faculty member BEFORE participating.
Alameda County welcomes volunteers to assist at community testing sites for the month of August and beyond. Sites provide personal protective equipment and training for all volunteers and hours are flexible. With a goal to test 3,100 community members daily to meet state goals for re-opening and to ensure all people at risk are connected to care and resources, your consideration is appreciated by the county.
La Clínica COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to support testing site with patient tracing, calling patients with results, printing results etc.

Location: 35th Ave & E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601 (Parking Lot)
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Contact: Francisco Valadez, Fvaladez@laclinica.org  510-931-0445
Native American Health Center COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to greet guests, assist with appointments, patient tracing, calling patient with results, etc.

Location: 3050 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601 (Parking Lot)
Hours of operation: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am–7:00 pm
Contact: Charlene Harrison, CharleneH@nativehealth.org 510-459-5059
West Oakland Health Center COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to greet guests, assist with appointments, patient tracing, calling patient with results, etc.

Location: 700 Adeline Avenue, Oakland CA
Hours of operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 am-5:30 pm
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Contact: Erika Simpson-Akpawu ErikaS@wohc.org
San Francisco Peninsula
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Emergency Food Distribution

In response to Covid-19 this distribution is an Emergency Drive-Thru set-up. Volunteer activities include assisting with set up, unloading and moving food boxes from pallets, loading boxes into clients' cars, and site clean-up.

Multi Date and Location:
Bridge Hospice

Seeking friendly volunteers to spend time with hospice patients and engage in good conversation and story telling to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Contact: Director of Volunteer Services, Cyndee Kang. ckang@bridgehc.com to arrange volunteer schedule.
Project Open Hand

Volunteers needed to help with sorting bulk items into individual portions, sorting fresh produce, and assembling frozen-meal bags.

Multiple Shifts Available
Location: 730 Polk St. San Francisco, CA 94109

Find more information and to sign up visit their webpage:
The Regional Center for Volunteerism has compiled various COVID-19 specific volunteer opportunities throughout Sacramento.

Find more information and sign up visit their webpage: https://www.handsonsacto.org/
Placer County Food Bank- Community Garden

Volunteers are needed to work in a community garden that grows and supplies food to the Placer County Food Bank which serves economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the South Placer County area.

Location: 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, CA 95650 
Contact: Pat Aiello at Patrick.aiello67@gmail.com, 916-416-6474 for questions and to arrange volunteer time.
Take a Break...
BeWell SMU is a resource hub for all staff, faculty and students. It includes links to SMU-led virtual wellness classes, events, and resources for self-care, connection and interaction.

To access the BeWell SMU resource hub click here.

To connect with or provide feedback to the BeWell SMU wellness team please email BeWellSMU@samuelmerritt.edu
Whether you're standing in line at Trader Joe’s, meditating, or breaking a sweat during an at home workout, find your musical happy space with one of our quarantine playlists.
EHI staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 pademic.
If you would like to contact the EHI team please email:
Edith Hernandez
Program Coordinator ehernandez@samuelmerritt.edu
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