How to Help Our Neighbors & Communities Now

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I know many are feeling a little overwhelmed & powerless right now in the face of this COVID-19 public health crisis — so I wanted to share some ways you can take action to help our neighbors and communities during this time of need.

Feel free to share your ideas, too!

  1. Volunteer at your local food bank! Our food banks are facing severe shortages of volunteers due to coronavirus — so if you’re healthy and able, find your local food bank and help!

    If you’re unable to volunteer, consider making a donation online.
  1. Donate blood to your local blood center! Blood banks are also facing severe shortages due to COVID-19. But they need it now, more than ever.

    If you are healthy and able, find your local blood center to make a donation:
  1. Support local small businesses by buying gift cards or shopping online!

    The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on our local businesses—and it’s because social distancing *is* the responsible thing to do.

    But you can still buy gift cards now, to use later!
  1. Help friends and family who need childcare during school closures! With schools closing due to COVID-19, parents who still need to work are scrambling to figure out childcare. Offer to help if you can! Or see if your community is offering childcare options.
  1. Collaborate with neighbors to check in on & help the most vulnerable in your community!

    Many neighborhoods are developing plans to help vulnerable neighbors, who may need supplies & assistance.

    This article has tips for how to—safely—be a good neighbor!

These are a few ways you can help in this time of need—share your ideas here!

Lastly, health and safety is our priority. If you’re feeling sick—stay home! And we all must practice social distancing and proper hand washing.

Together, we will get through this.

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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