YWCA Boulder County Weekly Update
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”. These words of Ralph Waldo Emerson resonate with me daily during this challenging time. I continue to be impressed and inspired by our staff, volunteers and donors staying centered and focused on our mission of economic advancement, health and safety for all women, girls and families in our community.  

The expanded stay-at-home order and our daily collaboration with Public Health and early childhood education is requiring us to extend the temporary closure of Children’s Alley through May 3, 2020. While our physical classroom doors are closed to keep our children, teachers and families safe, the learning, connectivity and resources are plentiful. Our talented teaching staff is providing virtual learning, teaching and even a cooking show to demonstrate healthy recipes. Most importantly, the love and passion we have for the children and families we work with remains steadfast as together we get through this challenging time. 

We’re committed to ensuring the economic stability of our staff and will continue to pay them fully through this current closure time. 

We’re also pivoting our programs to respond to the greatest needs of our YWCA community. Just this week, 50 Latina Achievement Support students and their families received gift cards for necessities during this time. 

Virtual STEM programming is being created to continue the passion and enthusiasm of the 300 young girls of color completing our fall STEM JAM sessions. We’re committed to ensuring their bridge to learning continues so future dreams are fulfilled.  

Thank you for your support in the past, your future support and the incredible gifts you are providing to us during this unprecedented time and collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please take care,

RER Virtual Book Club for Adults
There's still time to join our Reading to End Racism Book Club!

We have started our virtual book club with our first book, “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and are already halfway through it.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00pm. We are asking new and current members to finish reading the book and we will continue our discussion. 

If you are interested in joining, please email Debbie Pope at debbie@ywcaboulder.org.
Stand Against Racism Week
April 23-26
YWCA's fourteenth annual Stand Against Racism Week is coming up the week of April 23-26, 2020.

Our Advocacy Committee is working hard on pivoting our Stand Against Racism activities.

Look for more info in next week's newsletter.
Sign up for the Parent Resource Email
Our new Parent Resource emails have received some great responses and we have received some great feedback too. We are here to help all parents and families with activity and wellness resources as we weather this challenging time together.

We will now start sending the Parent Resource emails every other week and providing more resources through our Facebook page.

Like our Facebook page and stay tuned for more resources and more videos from our Children's Alley teaching staff!

Parent Resource Weekly will be sent to our Children's Alley families and any other interested parents.

If you would like to receive the Parent Resource Weekly, please sign up here or by clicking the button below.
Participate in the 2020 Census
With everything going on right now, it is more important than ever that everyone participates in the 2020 Census. Help us spread the word so that EVERYONE is counted!

This year’s Census will determine how billions of dollars in public funding are spent, and our communities use federal funding for important services such as health care, schools, parks, trains, roads and much more, including a number of the programs through which the YWCA receives funding. If there is an undercount in our area, neither we nor those we serve may receive a fair share of federal resources.

You can complete the questionnaire online—even from a smartphone—and your personal information is secure. The questionnaire is short and only asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, type of housing, etc.) for people living in your household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers, immigration status or bank account information. If you have questions on how to fill out the form, you can find answers at https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html.

If you haven’t already completed the form, please do so online today at https://my2020census.gov/ The website begins by asking you for 12 digit Census ID, but you can complete the Census without the Census ID by simply choosing the “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” option at the bottom of the page.

You can also complete the Census by calling 844-330-2020.

After you have completed the Census yourself, please ask your personal network to do the same. We want to be sure that friends and family hear the message about the critical importance of the Census from trusted voices like yours.

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the Census, and encouraging your loved ones to do the same. We are striving for a complete count and hope that you will take this opportunity to invest in our communities!
Order through AmazonSmile
During the Stay-at-Home Order I know many of us have been ordering more essentials online and through Amazon.com.

We will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Every little bit helps!
COVID-19 Info and Community Resources
Below are some community resources, which are also posted on our regularly updated COVID-19 blog post with additional resources:

Cloth Face Coverings - Stop the Spread

To limit the spread of coronavirus, Govenor Polis has asked Coloradoans to wear face masks when they leave their homes for essential activities allowed under the state's Stay-At-Home order.

Domestic Violence Resources

For some in our community, staying home is also not safe.

This is a stressful time for all of us. The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 public health emergency combined with social isolation, reduced access to employment and food, and in some cases lack of child care, is difficult for many families and individuals to endure. Please reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors by phone or video during this time, and help ensure they feel supported.

We also recognize that for some families and individuals, the difficulties are too much to handle. The Boulder County Abuse and Neglect Hotline is available 24 hours a day, every day, at 303-441-1309.

Boulder County responds to concerns around potential abuse and neglect by working with families and individuals to understand their challenges and -in many cases- connecting them with supports they may need. The safety of children and at-risk adults is a top priority. Anyone witnessing a child or at-risk adult in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.

Here are some tips from SPAN: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence:

If a friend or a neighbor is in trouble, what can you do?

  • Help them plan where they (and the children), could go in an emergency or if they decide to leave.
  • Agree on a code word or signal they can use to let you know they need help.
  • Help them prepare an excuse so they can leave quickly if they feel threatened.
  • Find out about how the police can protect them, and if calling the police is an option.
  • Help them prepare an "escape bag" and hide it in a safe place. If they leave, they will need money, keys, clothes, bank cards, driver's licence, social security documents, property deeds, medication, birth certificates, passport and any other important documents.
  • Think if it is safe to help interrupt an episode of violence, create a code so you can knock on the door.
  • If they decide to stay they may need to think about other ways to protect themselves and the children from further violence.

***Be careful. Don't place yourself in a position where the person who is being abusive could harm or manipulate you. Don't try to intervene directly if you witness a person being assaulted - call the police instead.***

24-Hour Crisis Line: 303-444-2424

Community and City Resources
  • EFAA will continue to provide services throughout the stay-at-home order, with adjusted hours.

  • Community Food Share has a Coronavirus Preparedness & Prevention page with information on how to get food and how you can help.

  • If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 closures, you can learn more about filing for unemployment benefits with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) and file for unemployment benefits.

  • If you need a local food bank or essential items or services, check out: Community Food Share, OUR Center, EFAA, Harvest Hope Pantry, Nederland Food Pantry, Sister Carmen Community Center, A Precious Child, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley, Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, Colorado Pet Pantry

  • If you need food or services for seniors, check out: Meals on Wheels Boulder, Longmont Meals on Wheels, Coal Creek Meals on Wheels, Jewish Family Services, Cultivate, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, and Nederland Area Seniors.

Local Information about COVID-19

Thank YOU for your support!
Our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you who support our programs and services.

If you can, please consider making a donation in whatever amount you are able . Your donation is tax-deductible and eligible for the Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit. Together, we will weather these difficult times and continue our work to eliminate racism and empower women.
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