Prescott Indivisible – Update on City/Town Resources and Requests for Assistance for our Communities

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Update on City/Town Resources and
Requests for Assistance for our Communities

 Prescott Indivisible – March 18, 2020

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City/Town Resources
Info from the City of Prescott’s Covid-19 Coordination Team – The city’s facebook page has the video of the March 17 press conference led by Mayor Greg Mengarelli.His team was present, representing the YC Dept. of Health, YRMC, EMS and other first responder leaders, Chief of Police, and the head of the Chamber of Commerce and other personnel.     Some statistics – YRMC has 40 beds that can be used for ICU patients and many suites that can be transformed to accommodate more patients. They have 82 ventilators and are increasing the number with smaller, more efficient units. They are working with a point person from the YC Dept. of Health, ensuring one flow of accurate information.

     Re testing – more testing is becoming available through various providers. They suggest that if someone is sick, they will do opt out tests first and then if COVID-19 is suspected, that test must go to the state lab. There is a waiting period for the results. Those at risk and first responders get priority for testing.

The Chamber of Commerce encourages us to purchase gift cards from our local businesses and purchase their products and services on line, if possible. We are encouraged to use credit/debit cards and not cash because it is safer.

     The Prescott Public Library is closed and will reopen with modified services (curbside services) on Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The library will remain closed until at least Monday, April 13, at which time the situation will be reevaluated.      All the safety protocols were mentioned often – staying away from others at a social distance; avoiding crowds; using hand sanitizer or soap and water to watch hands frequently and keeping your hands away from your face .

    (Your editor trusts she has reported the facts accurately, but encourages you to watch this video).
Info from Prescott Valley – All the information re the town’s comprehensive protective measures can be found on their website   

 The Prescott Valley Library will be closed until April 1.  They will continue to provide many digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooksfree access to magazines and newspapers; and research. The Library’s Ask a Librarian question platform can also be accessed online or by calling 928-759-3040. Other resources may be found at

     Town Parks and Recreation facilities will remain open, but pubic restrooms and playgrounds will be closed for use.
     The town’s emergency declaration can also be accessed on the above page.

Info from Chino Valley – The Town of Chino Valley has put emergency measures in place.

     The Senior Center will be open 10am-1pm. To-go meals will be offered to all and are strongly encouraged. If dine-in is necessary, people are encouraged to leave as soon as possible.  Other restrictions are in place. Public computers have been shut off, although free Wi-Fi is available for the public on their own personal devices.

     The Chino Valley Library is closed for regular business hours until April 1.  A curbside service is available. Reserve your materials on line or by calling 928-636-2687 (Main) or 928-636-9115 (Children’s Library). When you arrive at the library to pick up your materials, knock on the door. Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.
     Other town information can be found on their facebook  page.

Volunteers and Resources Needed

Food Needs – Salvation Army, Prescott
The Salvation Army, 225 S Montezuma St, Prescott, is taking food donations to prepare meals for 20-30 people this week and next. Please drop off food labeled for ‘Deep Freeze’ and staff will prepare the meals.  Drop off is next to the thrift shop,  Monday- Friday 8-12 or 1-4. Thank you!

Assist in Purchasing Food, Medical Needs and Drop Off for Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley People Who Care is seeking volunteers to grocery shop and pick up medical needs for clients in the quad cities. 
Contact Peggy at 928-445-2480 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
She will interview you briefly and let you know what is needed.
Client contact is not needed, drop off at door; People Who Care will explain payment options. They need drivers who shop! Thank you!
General questions, call Barbara Jacobsen – 928-848-3914

Sanitizing Supplies and Non-Perishable Food Needed, Quad City Interfaith Council Gail Cook, member of Prescott Indivisible (former Peacekeeper Team Leader), is collecting donations of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and non-perishable food to give to those who can’t afford to stock up and/or don’t have transportation. Anything will help: 2-4 rolls of toilet paper, one large bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes we can break up into smaller packets. She is working with the Quad-City Interfaith Council who is also affiliated with the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Salvation Army and U.S. Vets. Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) is a grassroots coalition of congregations and community groups.  Contact Gail re donating or volunteering.   928-899-2407, 

Other Community ResourcesPrescott Meals on Wheels Information, Keeping Seniors and Volunteers Safe in Our Community amid COVID-19 Click HERE to read about our temporary process for home delivered meals
     At this time, we do not need additional volunteers to help with meal delivery. We are practicing social distancing with our volunteers and homebound clients and are delivering meals to them once a week one hot meal and five frozen) and calling often to make sure that they are healthy and safe.   
     Ways that you can help seniors our community:

  • Utilize our Curbside Meal to-go service- click here for details
  • Contact The Salvation Army and arrange for Operation Food Box assistance by calling 928-778-0150 — a food box will be dropped at an individual’s door, reducing the amount of face-to-face exposure. 
  • Set up a grocery pick up by ordering online and pick up groceries when ready
  • Work with neighbors on putting together a phone list to call and check up on one another or start a conversation during social isolation

Contact – Prescott Meals On Wheels, 1280 E Rosser St, Prescott   928-445-7630

Prescott Valley Food Bank, 
8671 E. Spouse Drive, Suite A, Prescott Valley. Open Mon – Fri noon – 2:45 pm  Phone: 928-772-4490
Walk-ins served. No referral required. Photo ID and proof of address. Must meet federal poverty guidelines.

Yavapai County Food Bank,8866 E Long Mesa Dr. Prescott Valley, Open Tues and Wed. 3-5pm and Thurs and Fri. 1-3pm
(928) 775-5255  Please refer to their Covid-19 Guidelines

School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Please spread the word!

Chino Valley Unified School District

     MEAL SERVICE FOR STUDENTS:   Meal service will continue for students throughout the duration of school closures, except during our regularly scheduled Spring Break of March 20-27, 2020.

    Monday, March 16 – Thursday, March 19, 2020:   Nutritious Grab-and-Go lunches will be available to CVUSD students at the CVUSD Adult Education campus located at 12970 3rd St, Chino. Grab-and-Go lunches will be available curbside at this location between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Look for the Nutrition Services canopy located on the southeast corner. Students must be present for food pick up.

    Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3, 2020Nutritious Grab-and-Go meals will be available for curbside pick-up at all CVUSD school site locations. Grab-and-Go breakfasts will be available between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and lunches will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at every location. Students must be present for food pick up. If you have any questions regarding service times or locations, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (909) 628-1201 x1500.Humboldt Unified School District
     The Humboldt Unified School District will be providing free prepackaged breakfast and lunch meals to all children who are 18 years and younger.

  • Meal service will be offered from 11:30 to 1:00 Monday through Friday. Breakfast for the following day will be given out during lunch.
  • Please note that schools are not open at breakfast but a breakfast meal for the following day will be given during lunch service the day before.
  • Meals will be given in a walk-up/drive-through fashion. There will be no congregate seating. All pick-up locations are outside.

     Meals are offered at the following sites:

  • Lake Valley Elementary School: School Bus Drop Off
  • Coyote Springs Elementary: Front of School Office
  • Humboldt Elementary School: At the Front Gate
  • Mountain View Elementary School: Front of School Office

    Please note that the following sites will be closing as of March 18th due to low participation: Bradshaw Mountain High School, Glassford Hill Middle School, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School
     Please contact HUSD Child Nutrition at 928-759-5014 if you have any questions.  The team takes the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread very seriously. In addition to the outstanding food safety and cleaning procedures already in place, HUSD is also following the CDC guidelines to further protect staff, students, and the community during this time.
     HUSD would also like to encourage families or children, regardless of where you live, to utilize the free meal program at this time.
Prescott Unified School District      Prescott Unified School District food service is providing meals for ALL children 18 and under at the following locations starting March 17. Children do not need to be present when meals are picked up.

     YMCA, 750 Whipple St., Prescott – Open for grab and go pick up breakfast at 8:00 AM, lunch is 11:30 AM. Monday – Friday starting 3/17/20.

     Lincoln Elementary, 201 Park Ave., Prescott – Drive-up curbside pickup meals are available for breakfast and lunch (one stop pick-up for both meals) from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday – Friday starting 3/17/20.

     Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth St., Prescott – Drive-up curbside pickup meals are available for breakfast and lunch (one stop pick-up for both meals) from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday – Friday starting 3/17/20. Anybody under the age of 18 can get a breakfast and lunch.
     For more information visit and please spread the word.

Important Information
Great visual article on why social distancing is so important from the Washington Post.
The AZ Poison and Drug Information Center is now taking COVID-19 calls from Arizona providers and the general public: 1-844-542-8201

If you need help, please post what you need on the Prescott Indivisible Facebook page and we will do what we can to assist, or to help you find assistance. Alternatively, if you can be a helper, please post that also.
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Prescott Indivisible was founded in 2017, when Paul Hamilton and Nicole Romine put an ad in the local paper, requesting local progressives to show up at the library. Over 100 people lined up. In short order, we had formed a local chapter of the national Indivisible movement. Within six months we adopted a set of Guidelines that sets the framework in which we work, designed a logo and printed and sold t-shirts. Our mailing list quickly expanded from 100 to over 1,200. We usually have 100 or more attend our general monthly meetings.

Prescott Indivisible has a strong track record of activism. We adopted the team concept: Communication/Events; Voter Education and Elections; Education; Environment; Human Rights; Immigration and Peacekeepers to assist with safely issues. Initially we had a steering committee that consisted of volunteers. After our guidelines were adopted, the steering committee is made up of elected officers and members at large and the heads of the various teams, or their designees. A diverse group of community activists, social justice advocates and others that have volunteer ties to non-profits and religious organizations, the steering committee assists the teams when asked and sets the agendas.

Our teams and their members have worked diligently to make their voices heard. We have made thousands of calls, mailed hundreds of postcards to our legislators in Arizona and in congress. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for issues of crucial importance to Arizona and the nation.

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