Hello Whittier Community,

Its hard to believe that we will be entering the month May this week. Where did April go? It seems as though we are lost in days and are now counting months. Our kids have missed their Prom, Spring School Dances, sporting tournaments and even Grad night for graduating seniors. Our new normal of being virtually connected is great to some extent, but some are now finding ways to disconnect from this as well.

Not only have our bodies been affected by this coronavirus-19 but our mental state as well. Many are resorting to extensive isolation by disconnecting from friends and family completely. This type of isolation is hurting our seniors the most. When visiting our relatives was common on weekends we find ourselves filling the void with other activities. While doing some research for today's newsletter, I came across https://www.engageca.org/ which is a site that reminds us to check in on our loved one's including our friends and neighbors. Now is the time to reach out via text, a phone call and even the old fashion hand written note. You don't know if someone is in need of groceries, medicine or other necessities that they can't pick up due to lack of transportation or because there are alone and afraid to ask.

This site also offers free virtual meetings to assist those taking care of elders.

  • May 6th from 1-2pm topic is Caring for Yourself while you're Caring for Someone Else: Stress Relief, Respite.
  • Panelist: TBD
  • Dial 888-788-0099, enter the Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 983 3916 3539#, then password: 21

There is no charge for these meetings.

Our actions will help determine how quickly we can get back to business. Public data has shown that "safer at home" is working. LA County website shares the latest information at covid19.lacounty.gov. It's important to be informed and take precautionary measures that our state and local officials have recommended. Although the date of May 15th is slated as a date to possibly reopen businesses, it is only a tentative date.

As of last Friday, there are 35 drive-up testing locations in LA County and are offering free same-day test for anyone showing covid-19 signs. Age is no longer a determining factor. You can schedule a covid-19 test at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ which is providing free testing to Los Angeles County residents. This site you can also find a location near you.

Are you or someone you know having food challenges? The County of Los Angeles has several sources to assist families. If you are a senior and are in need of meals dial 211 for assistance.

  • Map of Student Meals Distribution Sites
  • Student Meal Distribution Sites throughout the County of Los Angeles. The map is searchable by school district and provides information specific to each location. 

  • 211 Food Inventory
  • Website provide Zip Code based searches for a variety of food resources across the county including locations of: free groceries, food pantries, hot meals, senior meals and Meals on Wheels.

The City of Whittier is looking forward to your recommendations to highlight individuals who have gone above and beyond for someone or has demonstrated act of kindness in the community. #WhittierKindness is a new initiative to highlight these individuals. Submit the name of the individual(s) or organization(s) along with a photo or video to pubinfo@cityofwhittier.org so that we can share individuals and their act of kindness on social medial.

Last week our member Christ Foster and WUA President Frank Medina hosted a virtual Q & A workshop via Zoom regarding the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). If you missed it, you can contact Chris Foster directly at (562) 233-0479 or chris@fosterre.com. We are planning an additional workshop. Date to be determined.

Tune into the City of Whittier Council Meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 28th at 6:30pm. Meeting will be held in virtual format and you can see it live online at www.cityofwhittier.org or City TV Channel 3. You may review the meeting agenda in advance. You can submit your public comments in advance of the meeting to ccd@cityofwhittier.org by Tuesday, April 28th by 4pm. Comments will be read by staff at the meeting.

Our President, Frank Medina has been very active in the community. He's been taking videos with our restaurants to highlight their establishments and interview owners or the staff. Videos are posted on Instagram. Follow us at @uptownwhittierofficial. To place your next take-out food order, visit the restaurant director at https://whittieruptown.org/mem_category/restaurants/.

The response to our Farmers' Market has been overwhelming and positive. This last Friday, we had over 300 shoppers for a second week in a row. We will remain open every Friday from 8am to 1pm to serve our community. Market will be open again this Friday, May 1st.

No matter what your circumstance is, we want you to know that the Whittier Uptown Association wants you to be informed of things taking place not just in Uptown Whittier but in our city. With an overload of information from many sources, we would like to provide you with a condensed version of updates, community activities and changes in one simple email.

The Whittier Uptown Association (the Association) goals is to share information not just to the businesses in our community but to residents and subscribers of our newsletter. Other great resources for the latest information and updates on COVID-19 are websites for the City of Whittier , Los Angeles County and California State agencies. The City of Whittier provides continual updates at www.cityofwhittier.org.

In the meantime, if you have important information you would like for us to share to the community on social media (FB & IG) send it to me at olivia@whittieruptown.org or text (310) 403-3688. You can also reach Frank Medina, President at (562) 328-6981 or franktps7@gmail.com

Stay safe and remain healthy. #WhittierStrong

Olivia E Rios
Operations Director
The Whittier Uptown Association (the Association) goals is to share information not just to the businesses in our community but to residents and subscribers of our newsletter. Other great resources for the latest information and updates on COVID-19 are websites for the City of Whittier, Los Angeles County and California State agencies .
IRS "Get My Payment"
Track your stimulus check at "Get My Payment" portal.

Whittier Strong Buttons
The Whittier Chamber of Commerce and Whittier Uptown Association have distributed buttons to their members.

When you support a business, you can pick one up at most opened businesses in Uptown Whittier.
Grab N' Go Meals in Whittier
HOURS 11am - 1pm
Breakfast and lunch meals will be available through June 6th.

Andrews MS, 1010 So Caraway Dr.
Walter Dexter, 11532 S. Floral Dr.
Katherine Edwards, 6812 S. Norwalk Blvd.
Los Angeles Network SBDC Workshops
Our local SBDC’s are now offering a DAILY Q&A WEBINAR regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at 3pm Monday - Friday. There is no cost to participate. Over 400+ businesses access this call for information to help keep their businesses open.

Have your questions answered daily from 3pm - 4pm.

You will need to register to participate.  Click on this link now .
ab findhelp
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just plug in a zip code & get list of help resources in that area.

Grab N' Go Meals at YMCA Whittier
The YMCA is offering free healthy meals to all children under the age of 18 in the Whittier community at both branches.

Uptown Whittier Family Center
12510 Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601

East Whittier Family Center
15740 Starbuck St.
Whittier, CA 90603

LAUSD Grab N Go Meals
There are a few changes to the schools offering Grab N Go Meals. Some schools will no longer offer, however, new schools are being added to list. Schools participating are open from 8am to 11am weekdays. Click below to read updates. Each child can take home two nutritious meals.

Social Distancing
Social Distancing order has been extended until May 15, 2020.

Uptown Farmers Market
Open on May 1
Uptown Farmers Market has been opened for two consecutive Fridays at Bright Ave and Philadelphia St.

Safety measures include:
  • 15 essential vendors
  • vendor booths are at least 6-8' apart
  • markings on the sidewalk, 6' apart for mandatory social distancing
  • hand washing stations at the entrance of the market. Mandatory that each shopper wash their hands before shopping
  • only 1 entrance and exit (on different sides of the market)
  • 5 additional volunteers: 1 at the entrance; 1 at the exit; 1 on sidewalk to assist with social distancing; 2 at each of the two drive ways to insure no one sneaks into the market area.

The market will open again on Friday, April 24th starting at 8am - 1pm.

View Our Members Here
Looking for a product or service in Uptown Whittier? Many essential businesses including restaurants can be found here. Click below to view our members.

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website:  HERE
Whittier Uptown Association
Our office on Bright Ave is currently closed and we are working remotely from home. Please send your questions to info@whittieruptown.org.

W hittier Uptown Association
6717 Bright Ave
Whittier CA 90601