Your monthly Underserved Grant Resource Email

May 2020
This product of the  ALSO Underserved TA Project   is designed for Underserved grantees to provide them with regular and concise information including resources, training opportunities,  open solicitations   and more.

You can always find more resources  on the  Underserved TA Tools and Resources page   on ALSO's website or through the  Online Private Portal   for OVW Underserved Grantees.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team
Resources Regarding COVID-19
There is an increasing number of  COVID-19-related resources coming out. Here are some to highlight:

The Underserved TA Team has curated a  COVID-19 Resource Guide on the ALSO website that is tailored to Underserved grantees that include population specific resources, organizational preparedness resources, wellness resources, and information from OVW. We will continue to add more resources as they become relevant and available to us.
Upcoming ALSO-hosted Underserved Webinar
Put Down the Surveys: Centering Relationship Building in Learning and Evaluation
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM CT
Presenter: Maya Pilgrim

ALSO will be hosting a webinar for Underserved grantees on centering relationship building in program learning and evaluation.

During this webinar Underserved Grantees will:
  • Identify the intersections of community connectedness, critical consciousness and gathering evidence.
  • Review approaches and principles central to aid in relationship-driven learning.
  • Practice a couple of different learning activities that can foster relationships between the people online

Please look out for an announcement and more details soon.
Insightful Reading
Title: Addressing Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community at this time of Covid-19
By: Nancy Aiken, PhD and Rabbi David M. Rosenberg
Approximate Reading Time: 10 minutes

Non-Underserved TA Sponsored Webinars
Strategy Session on Sustaining Services for Survivors with Disabilities
Time: 1:00 pm PT / 2:00 pm MT / 3:00 pm CT / 4:00 pm ET
Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am MT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET
Date: Thursday, May 28
This series of strategy and listening sessions is being hosted to leverage the collective wisdom of the advocates within victim services and the disability fields. These engagements feature a rotating set of panelists, including people with disabilities and other experts. Panelists provide important information and diverse perspectives on the impact COVID-19 is having on people with disabilities.

Estamos Aquí: Cuidándonos a nosotr@s mism@s y a l@s demás - Esta será una reunión virtual de encuentro y apoyo (May 22)
Time: 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am MT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET
Date: Friday, May 22
Le invitamos a unirse a nosotr@s en una oportunidad intencional de unirnos y conectarnos con otr@s intercesor@s de todo el país. Un espacio seguro para iniciar un diálogo sobre desafíos, oportunidades y necesidades que much@s de nosotr@s enfrentamos mientras trabajamos de forma remota en tiempos de incertidumbre. Ven y comparte tus experiencias, para que junt@s podamos aprender y compartir.
* La sesión será interactiva, asegúrese de tener acceso a un micrófono, una cámara web y un espacio silencioso.  

Releases of Information During the Pandemic
Time: 10:00 am PT / 11:00 am MT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET
Date: Friday, May 22
OVW-funded victim service providers are invited to join these webinars + Q & A on general privacy issues, VAWA-compliant releases of information, and protecting minors’ privacy. Key information will be shared and there will be chat-based conversations about issues being faced.

Language Access: The Lessons that COVID-19 has Reinforced
Time: 11:00 am PT / 12:00 pm MT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Date: Tuesday, May 26
The current COVID-19 crisis is not over yet; however, in a short time we have seen how gaps in the system for language access are exacerbated by a pandemic. Were we prepared to ensure that everyone had access to information and services in their first language? How does our language access plan monitoring help us achieve a more organized response? Through this virtual training we will share lessons learned and answer these and other questions regarding language access preparedness, responsiveness and monitoring.

Your ALSO TA Team
Image Description: ALSO's Underserved TA team posing
in a beige hallway at the 2018 Grantee Orientation.

From L-R: Quenette Walton, Lori Crowder, Lisa Gilmore,
Cristina Damiani, Zarena Leblanc, Topher Williamson 
Have Questions? We are here to help!
  • For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues: Contact your ALSO Underserved TA point of contact at their individual email or the team at
  • For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller at
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2019-TA-AX-K016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.