Hello PACCC Friends and Supporters,
As we all work to adapt to a new way of living, working and supporting one another during this challenging time, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to offer words of encouragement and ask how they can help. I am deeply grateful to belong to a community that has shown grace, compassion, understanding, fortitude and good will.
Each of us is trying to find our way in this new way of living without knowing for sure how long it will last or all of the challenges we will face. It can feel overwhelming at times and there are many people facing job, food and shelter insecurities. At PACCC we are working to try to ensure that our families and staff do not face additional hardships during this time. We are not charging tuition and we are continuing to pay our employees as long as possible.
Some of our families have generously donated their tuition or made a contribution to support PACCC during this time. The Palo Alto Community Fund quickly provided a grant to PACCC and immediately distributed similar relief checks to many organizations in our area. PACCC is also seeking a Paycheck Protection Program loan to further assist us in paying staff during this time. Every dollar we receive helps us keep over 150 people employed. If you can help, please scroll down to the “Ways You Can Help” section of our newsletter.
Wherever you are sheltering-in-place at this time, know that you are not alone. These are challenging times for us all, but we will get through them together. Whether you are a frontline first responder or essential business worker, volunteering to help someone in need, making a donation to help local businesses and organizations stay afloat, or just doing your part to shelter-in-place and exercise appropriate physical distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19, you are a hero in a time of need.
With much gratitude for you all,