Opportunities to help and collaborate

Food for children and youth

 PUSD's Food & Nutrition Services program is now providing drive-through, pick-up of breakfast and lunch for any child under the age of 18. Food will be available for pickup (via car or walk-up) between 9 am and 11 am weekdays at the following schools:

Food is packaged solely for the pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Food service is providing the meals and a few wonderful staff members, but we need help handing out food as families show up. Pasadena Educational Foundation is organizing curbside volunteers and has this really handy page for you to sign up for a slot. We would like to have 5 – 6 volunteers per school site. We hope to use your time wisely, but this is uncharted territory. We ask all volunteers to be flexible as we figure out how to best to serve our school families. We more than tripled the amount of meals handed today from yesterday day at one site. Volunteers are encouraged to consider signing up for a slot this Friday and days next week. Food will also be distributed during spring break, but signups are not yet available for those slots.

Home Delivery

If you know of any families that are unable to get to one of the seven sites to pick up food during the distribution time, please let us know and we will see that meals are delivered. When emailing us, please put 'food delivery' in the subject line and in the email include as much of the following as possible.

  • Number of meals (children under the age of 18 in household)
  • Address where meals are to be delivered (include zip code if possible)
  • Family name (optional)
  • Contact phone number (optional)

We aim to deliver food between 8 am & 10 am and will be left on the doorstep after a single knock or doorbell ring. If you would like to help deliver food, please let us know.

Help for Everyone

PACTL is open for support and assistance. They will have their bread pantry open on Monday, at 5:30pm to 6:30pm. They can provide emergency supermarket cards for families or pay utility bills and help with rent.   
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The Vision | The children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable,
                        and supportive environment that prepares them for success in school and in life.
Useful Tools and Resources
The PHS Counseling Team and the school's Community Schools Initiative have developed a holistic resource guide for PUSD students and families. The guide has academic, socio-emotional, physical health and food access resources - some of which is more high school specific. Please access it here, as it may be updated with additional resources. It is translated into Spanish as well. 
Childcare Coop Calculator 
Schools have shut down, but childcare is still a collective social responsibility. This COVID Childcare Coop Calculator lets SMALL, existing social groups, plan help for caregivers who simply cannot stay home with their kids. The CCCC is not a social network, you don't have to register or start an account, and they don't hold any of your data. What it does is allow a group to input their individual unavailabilities and a strong scheduling algorithm will give them the fairest possible month plan. This tool can also be used to schedule and divide any daily task among a group of people according to availability.
Hello Neighbor!
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With so many community members looking for ways to help during this unprecedented event, we wanted to share these cards, created by the good folk at We Love Long Beach , with you all. Hopefully, they'll make it a little easier for neighbors to reach out to other neighbors in need.

When we should be thinking about who is isolated in our neighborhoods, who is in need, who might not have the supplies that they need to stay healthy. In order to respond to those needs, we can work together to help our neighbors by forming mutual aid networks . Here is a link to the Twin Cities Mutual Aid: Neighbors Supporting Each Other outline which will provide you with guidance for developing your own neighborhood network. Use a Hello Neighbor card to start the conversation!
FREE Technology Resources During Social Distancing
Thanks to a tip from our friends at the Altadena Library, here are some free technology resources to maintain yand, hopefully, strengthen your networks during Social Distancing:

Libraries - a resource always, even when closed!

All of our area libraries are closed until further notice, but they are still a fantastic resource as digital services remain available including e-books, audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; classes and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines; even Wi-Fi access in the parking lot . You can even get a temporary online library card to access these resources if you don’t already have one. Visit these library sites for more information.

*Pasadena librarians are available to provide assistance through telephone reference (626) 744-4066; or the web-based service ,

** Subcribe to the Altadena Connection News Blast for useful information, tips and links during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Donation Opportunities
Pasadena Community Foundation

The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to Pasadena-based organizations as they respond to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and quarantines. PCF has made an initial commitment of $100,000 to provide local relief, and donors may make charitable gifts to the fund that will benefit both urgent and long-term community needs. The Foundation has established the PCF COVID-19 Response Fund for maximum flexibility and responsiveness as the pandemic unfolds. Community foundations across the country have launched similar efforts to activate philanthropy in their local communities and provide much-needed financial support as conditions change in the coming weeks and months.
Pasadena Community Foundation

PEF is working in close collaboration with Collaborate PASadena and PUSD colleagues to identify challenges PUSD students and families are facing, and to define strategies to help. Their primary mission is to support the PUSD school community in every way possible. Please consider making a donation to the PEF COVID-19 Response Fund so that they may direct to areas of greatest need. 
Severe Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak.  Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.   Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.    What to know about Coronavirus and the enhanced blood donation safety protocols.
News and Events

Click here to find the latest news and events on the Collaborate PASadena website! We happily post partner news and events on our site and on our Facebook page. Submit to  info@collpas.org.
Check your mail!!!

Census forms are hitting mail boxes now. Please take this opportunity of limited social interaction to fill it out. Check out our Census 2020 page for information and answers to census questions.

Census count determines funding allocations for a variety of needs and resources, even those related to pandemic response.
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