Update on Community Resources and Requests for Assistance

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Message from Prescott Indivisible 

One of our members generously donated the funds for an ad in the Daily Courier. This ad is in the paper and also pops up on their website. Thanks to Mavis Brauer and Bill Court, we now have a short video on YouTube thanking the service community for helping us all. Please share it with your friends, encourage them to join us.
We continue to take donations to provide meals for the residents of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) shelter. To date, PI has collected over $1,500 from members for the effort.

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Check out the Prescott Indivisible website–it is being updated daily! You can now donate directly! There is space for comment. If you would like your donation to be directed to the CCJ/Meals Project, please include that info. 

If you are catching up on the PI request to support CCJ, we feel that this organization is answering the current Covid crisis by putting 100 percent of its focus on providing meals, shelter and long-term housing for those who have no other place to go. They are the city’s sole 24-7 emergency shelter for the area’s adult homeless. For our most vulnerable, the COVID-19 coronavirus threat is just another struggle to endure.
Prescott Indivisible continues to offer dinner to the residents once a week, depending on funds available. To provide food from El Gato Azul for 40 costs $120. Donations to Prescott Indivisible will help fund this critical need.If you do not like to donate online, you can send a check, made out to Prescott Indivisible, to our Treasurer, Jane Doyle, 1295 Pinecone Terrace, Prescott 86303.

Our PI community is remarkable in it’s compassion while we adjust to our new reality. This newsletter offers ideas to volunteer and make a difference during this difficult time.

  •  Update on We Brought Marion Home!  Marion Pack returned from India last week – on the way home she fell and fractured her elbow. She is recuperating and is quarantined in Micki Shelton’s beautiful apartment. Marion thanks everyone who contributed to her GoFundMe. She requests future donations in her name be made to the Judy Stahl or John Lutes campaigns (see “Give of Your Time” below).
    We look forward to the day she is able to return to the community.
    Since I wrote the above, Marion took another fall and went to the ER. Nothing is broken, but she was finally able to get tested for the coronavirus. The results will be ready in two days.
    It took this exceptional event for her to be tested. 
  • The unavailability of testing in this county is appalling –  it so important that we all take action as requested by the Yavapai Democratic Party in this memo and send this letter.  Also contact Gov. Ducey and complain – tell him we need tests. Call 602-542-4331
  • What we are lacking without adequate testing and reporting: The true state of testing for the COVID-19, because many who have symptoms still cannot get tested. Who is dying from the illness because little to no information is given about the deceased. What is occurring inside Arizona hospitals during the pandemic, where staff are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment.

HOW TO WEAR A MASK? Read this!
The most important takeaways: 

  • Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask.
  • Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off.
  • Don’t touch the front of the mask when you take it off.
  • Wash and dry your cloth mask daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.
  • Don’t have a false sense of security. Masks offer limited protection, and work better when combined with hand washing and social distancing,. 

If you are a mask-maker, Prescott Center for the Arts Serves (volunteer program) needs masks for their volunteers.  You can sign up here – indicate that you will make masks in the “Other” line. If you need assistance, or can volunteer, click on one of these links:  In Need of Assistance? Want to Volunteer?  Please Donate

Go here for the latest info. On 4/8 Yavapai Co. had 61 Cases of COVID-19. On 4/15 there were 71 reported cases. Again, the numbers are still climbing. This is not to alarm you unduly, but to remind you to STAY HOME, WEAR YOUR MASK, WHEN YOU GO OUT AND SOCIAL DISTANCE. If you go out, wash your hands for 20 secs when you return, sanitize all the doorknobs you used to get in the house.  Per a recent study, it is reported that AZ Covid-19 cases will reach their peak by 4/30.
Click for a list of testing sites – please note the restrictions on testing. 

        Websites that have COVID-19 information and others that have info for people that have been effected by the virus: 

  • The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank – 928-442-5103
  • COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
  • COVID-19 information en español  and Governor’s site: https://arizonatogether.org/es
  • Arizona Together – https://arizonatogether.org/  It is the most complete website I have seen.  Includes information for individuals and businesses. 
  • AZ Multihousing Resource Page is another great source of information. If you live an an apt. you will want to check it out  Look for info on relief for renters, homeowners, etc.
  • LGBTQ News and Resources – https://www.equalityarizona.org/
  • Nazcare.org –  If you someone you know should avoid Isolation, needs to talk about triggers, issues, relationships, and more; work on coping skills and trigger management or get connected to one of their centers, call the Warm Line 1-888-404-5530, 11a – 10:30p. This is a free resource to all of AZ.
  • National Restaurant Relief Fund is accepting applications effective Thurs. April 9 9am MST.
  • SNAP – You can conveniently apply online for SNAP benefits using Health-e-Arizona. This website also has FAQ, etc..
  • Stronger Together – a new effort by the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition. Anyone facing emotional or mental health stresses, fears and anxiety. Many resources available. YC Resources and Support Guide.
  • Yavapai County Suicide Prevention Coalition (West Yavapai Guidance Clinic) – 928-445-5211 or 877-756-4090.   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

NEW AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION – The AZ Dept. of Health Services has released more information. You can go to this site and click on the slides from their 4/14 press conference.  The Hospital Reporting Data Dashboard is still not working. If you go to their Covid-19 cases map, our zip codes do not appear–anywhere!
Also, as of 4/12, the state also is asking (but not requiring) hospitals to report the number of intubations, ventilators and personal protective equipment used each day, as well as the number of suspected COVID-19 cases per hospital, intensive care unit, emergency department and those that have been discharged.
Gov. Ducey’s 4/14/20 press conference is on YouTube.
In my opinion, the Yavapai County Community Health Service has the best and most updated stats.


***CRITICAL NEED  The Prescott Community Cupboard, 313 W. Gurley St., Prescott 86301 – you can bring non-perishable food between 3 – 4:30pm. You can donate online. If you want to send a check, it goes to 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott 86301. Usually supported by a number of area churches, the current demand is overwhelming and they need your help. They need low sugar cold cereals, peanut butter, canned meat and tuna, fruit, soup. They have no meat and their freezer is bare. They also need volunteers to help pack boxes. 

(Photo is from Prescott Community Cupboard).                                

***CRITICAL NEED St. Vincent de Paul, 120 N Summit Ave., Prescott 86301  Mon, Tues. Thurs 9a – noon.  Wed. noon-3.  Knock on the door; the office closed to general public. 928-778-4585.  Non-perishable items needed: Peanut butter, jelly, Pork & beans, Instant potatoes, Pasta (spaghetti), Pasta sauce, Hamburger helper.  Like so many other community organizations that rely on thrift shop sales, theirs has been closed and they no longer have that source of funds.

Keep Prescott Together – Elea Ziegelbaum and Madison Lisle, graduate students at Prescott College, Social Justice are also members of Prescott Indivisible. They are the leaders of Keep Prescott Together, a community-based collective committed to building capacity for preventing deportations within the greater Prescott area. They host monthly legal clinics where people can get help with various aspects of immigration law including DACA, naturalization, bonds, asylum seeking, etc. Currently they are seeking funds through GoFundMe to help them provide much needed assistance to our immigrant community. 

The Coalition for Compassion and Justice recently made the decision to put all their resources into a 24/7 emergency shelter. They need financial assistance to keep this going. Their effort not only protects the homeless, but the community at large.

They also need protective supplies: antibacterial soap, gloves and hand sanitizer.  Located at 531 Madison Ave., Prescott.  Call ahead for drop off instructions – 928-445-8382.

They have no kitchen to prepare meals; if you want to support providing their evening meals, you can designate your donation for that purpose, or join their Meal Train.  They serve between 35-40 meals every night. Also see Prescott Indivisible’s program under “Message from PI” at the top of this newsletter.

CCJ also invites you to a “Non-Event”, Share the Hope, in lieu of their Spring Gala. You are invited to make a direct donation of $35 per donor. Your gift will allow them to continue crucial services. Checks can be sent to PO Box 1882, Prescott 86301, or you can TEXT TO GIVE: 928-256-5288.

Gato Community Gives – started by Barry Barbe and his staff at El Gato Azul, they provide meals and food boxes for families in need. Within the past 9 days, they have provided 700 meals, and anticipate reaching 1,000/week this month. Not only do they need money to keep their effort afloat, there is a great need for volunteers.  Email: GCGprescott@gmail.com with your interest and availability.
You can donate online or bring a check, money, canned goods, other pantry items, toiletries and cartons of eggs to El Gato Azul – 316 E. Goodwin St., Prescott.
El Gato Azul is also open for your takeout lunch or dinner – orders taken after noon, pickup between 2pm-7pm.

***CRITICAL NEED Kenosis (a 501 c-3 non-profit) is assisting two indigenous peoples. One is in Arizona, the Hopi Village of Shungopavi. Shungopavi is located on Second Mesa in northern Arizona. They have closed the village. Non-residents are not allowed to enter. However, State Route 264 runs through the middle of the village. There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases on Hopi at this writing, but potential exists. They must stay at home in order to be safe. In Shungopavi, there is one small store. Any goods delivered have been immediately emptied again. Leadership has requested help to buy non-perishable food supplies, water, disinfectants, gloves, and masks so they can allocate them to their people. They have confirmed they have a way to have these things delivered. 
Please read this to learn more about the fundraising efforts for the Hopi in AZ and Q’ero needs in Peru. 

To donate by PayPal or credit card, please go here. To donate by check or money order: Please make the check or money order out to Kenosis Spirit Keepers. Mail to Kenosis Spirit Keepers, PO Box 10441, Prescott, AZ 86304. In making your donation, indicate Hopi and/or Q’ero. If both are indicated, we will split equally unless you designate otherwise. The full amount of your donation we receive goes directly to those in need.
The Navajo and Hopi Relief Fundoffers another opportunity to donate to these communities.

Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) – provides shelter and basic resources to homeless/transitional women, children and families of Yavapai County. They just extended their shelter to provide for women with teens and need assistance.  Website.  You can donate by mail, checks payable to PASS, 336 N. Rush St., Prescott 86301; donate online ONLINE GIVING PROGRAM or by phone 928.778.5933.  

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity  Serving low-income families in the Quad-City needs donations of the following: Lysol, bleach or other disinfectants; paper towels; children’s toys, books or crafts; non-perishable food items.  Call Alice Ayers, Dir. of Community Relations, 928-899-3343 or email: aayers@prescottareahabitat.org.

Prescott Meals on Wheels – Information,Keeping Seniors and Volunteers Safe in Our Community amid COVID-19 Click HERE to read about their 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”.   Contact – Prescott Meals On Wheels, 1280 E Rosser St, Prescott 

  PMOWcares@gmail.com   928-445-7630.  ***CRITICAL NEED Salvation Army  Please drop off non-perishable food items (their greatest need), diapers, wipes, female hygiene items, razors or donate money to help them. They also request for Children’s Food Boxes: Coloring books/crayons (new); Board games (new);  Crafts (new).     

Drop off is at 237 S. Montezuma St., Prescott next to the thrift shop, Mon- Fri 8-12 or 1-4. If you are over 65, phone ahead and they will come out and pick it up. Jeff: 928-760-8395 

The donated food is being used to fill Operation Food Box Assistance. They will arrange for a food box to be dropped at an individual’s door, reducing the amount of face-to-face exposure. Tell people they can apply for assistance by calling 928-778-0150 or visiting the Salvation Army Community Center at 237 S. Montezuma St., Prescott.  Note that assistance is limited and and subject to availability. 

Stepping Stones – Donations, Sanitizing Supplies – 6719 E. 2nd Street, Ste. A · Prescott Valley – 24/7/365 advocacy services, including safe shelter, to adults and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of victimization in West Yavapai Co. Hotline – 928-445-HOPE.  Website  Like so many other organizations, they have closed both their thrift stores. This causes a diminished income.
They ask for your continued support for local families with a donation (and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit through Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credit donation program). Click here to donate online.

Emergency supplies currently needed for their shelter location include: Bleach cleaning supplies (bleach, Clorox spray, Lysol WITH bleach), antibacterial soap, rubbing alcohol (at least 70% – to clean thermometers), disposable thermometer covers, toilet paper. Items can be dropped off at their Administration Office (6719 E. 2nd Street, Suite A in Prescott Valley) Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm; and Friday by appointment only. Call us at 928-772-4184.

The Kino Border Initiative, Nogales, AZ assists migrants on both sides of the border. A faith-based organization, it fosters humanitarian assistance, education and advocacy. They need acetaminophen, anti-bacterial gel, lysol, vitamin C, Caladrl, hospital masks and rubber gloves.  If you can assist them, it would be best to order on-line and send to: Kino Border Initiative, 81 N. Terrace Ave., Nogales, AZ  85621. Website and facebook page is available.

STAY AT HOME IDEAS – SUPPORT THOSE THAT PROVIDE OUR SERVICES – Help small businesses and those that are self-employed.  Think about your manicurist, hair stylist, personal trainer, etc. Purchase gift certificates – contact them, ask how you can help. Area restaurants – order takeout – they will bring your order to your car.  Buy gift certificates!

  • Bill’s Pizza writes: If you, or someone you know, is struggling to provide food for their families during this hard time please send us a private message! We would love to be able to drop off pizza so you and your family get fed. We understand that many people are not earning the same income during this time and we want to help relieve your stress!   928.443.0800 email: billspizzaprescott@gmail.com

For limited grocery purchases, contact:

  •  Manzanita Grille at Antelope Hills Golf Course (on Perkins Dr., near the Centennial Center) is offering “essential” groceries for take-out. Call 928-777-1879 and ask for Essentials To Go or email dbugenhagen@antelopehillsgolf.com
  • Murphy’s, 201 N. Cortez St., Prescott, is offering a similar service. Please call in your orders at 928.445.4044 or order online hereThey will deliver within a 5 mi. radius.
  • Pangaea Bakery now located in The Boulders Shopping Center (Gail Gardner) is offering take-out, along with produce and flowers from Whipstone.  

 CITY AND TOWN LOCAL RESOURCES – go to this link for the entire listing.  New items of importance will be included under this heading each week. 

City of Prescott –  
SPECIAL MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING IN PRESCOTT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1-2:30 PM  – Hosted by Mayor Mengarelli this meeting will discuss mental health services available for citizens, and resources offered by the faith based community, from 1 – 2:30pm via Zoom. Here is the Zoom link and call-in information: To join by Zoom https://zoom.us/j/380013448  or  Dial by your location  +1 253 215 8782 US   Meeting ID: 380 013 448
The City Council Voting Meeting, April 14 can be viewed on YouTube.
Parks & Recs – New Info – The City is currently following the direction of the Governor re: Park Closures but staff is closely monitoring the parks to make sure people are following the appropriate social distancing guidelines. The City does still have the right close the parks if it becomes necessary.
In addition to following the CDC guidelines Thegolf course is taking extra precautionary measures, including asking people to not touch or pull the pins, no more than 6 people in the pro-shop at any time, capped the holes so people don’t have to reach in for their ball, sanitizing the carts before and after every use, and not allowing people to ride in the same golf carts unless they are family members.
Did you know that Prescott’s Media Center (PMC) has videos of meetings and other town info on demand?

Town of Prescott Valley – Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation closed a few more parks due to COVID-19. The closures include the pickleball and basketball courts, skate park and off leash-dog park. Playgrounds and restrooms also remain closed. 
The PV Library has expanded services. Check out their website. The book drop and the Drive Up Window are still open for business! The Drive Up Window is open Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. Call 928-759-3040 Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, email any inquiries to the library at askalibrarian@pvaz.net, and use the digital library and databases 24/7.
They have free Wi-Fi in the parking lot and bench area.
If you missed the April 14 webinar for Yavapai County Businesses and Displaced Employees hosted by Yavapai College, you can view a recording of the webinar here. Please direct questions about any of the information included in the webinar to either one of the contacts included in the webinar or to PV’s Economic Development Coordinator, Ben Hooper at bhooper@pvaz.net or 928-759-3106.
Coming Up – Clean Up Day, Sat. May 2, 8a-4p. Call 928-759-3070 for information. Information on Store Hours       Costco – M-F 10:00am – 6:30pm, Sat 9:30am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm. Please call and confirm – (928) 541-2203 re store open from 8-9am Tues. and Thurs. for members Ages 60 or Older or with physical impairments.   
  Trader Joe’s – New hours 9am-7pm daily. Seniors are given priority 9-10am. It is suggested to come in after 2p–much less traffic. Items are limited to 2 each per shopper. Only 50 at a time in the store; ‘revolving’ entrance – as soon as one shopper leaves, another enters.  
Sprouts, both locations – 7am-8p daily; Natural Grocers – 8:30a – 7:05p daily; Fry’s, all locations – 7a – 9p daily. Sr. hours 6-7a Mon. through Fri.; Safeway, all locations 6a – 9p daily. Sr. hours 6-9a Tues/Thurs; Walmart, all locations 7a – 8:30p, Sr. hours at all locations – 6-7a daily. Walgreens – 9a-9p, Sr. Hours every Tues. 8a-9a 
     Thank those who serve us in grocery stores, drugs stores, take-out at restaurants and at other essential services. Other Community Resources
 The Launchpad Teen Center – Have your teen sign up for Free Online Tutoring and Academic Mentorship: The Launch Pad Teen Center offers free online tutoring and academic mentorship for teens with qualified caring adult volunteers. Each of our tutors has been trained, background checked, and fingerprinted and they can help with all subject areas. If you would like an academic mentor and online tutoring, please email Suzanne at suzanne@thelaunchpadteencenter.org.

Yavapai County Food Bank8866 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.  Clients cannot enter the food bank’s lots before serving times. No walk-ins until the end of March. If you do not have Yavapai Co. Food Bank Card, contact them and get an emergency ticket.

Read about Covid-19 coverage, free:  Local/State news available with out a subscription (click on links below to access)
The Daily Courier’s Covid-19 coverage  The Courier is suspending their print editions on Sat.and Mon. due to lack of income from ads.
AZ Republic’s Covid-19 coverage

To receive the Washington Post’s Corona Virus Newsletter, sign up hereAll articles in the newsletter can be accessed for free.
To receive free updates and guidance from The New York Times, sign up here.

Click here for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs 
 Here is alink for a special webinar, Wed., Fri. April 22 at 8am – From School to Home: Resources for K-12 Parents, Students and Teachers  
Description – More than 1 million K-12 students suddenly have to learn from home after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of Arizona’s schools. How has the transition been? How are the schools adapting? What resources are available for teachers, parents and pupils? Join the discussion! Ask questions! The panelists include Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, Executive Director of Arizona School Boards Association, Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor, Superintendent of Cartwright School District, and Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer of Rosetta Stone.

Thurs., April 16, 5:30pm – go here for a live stream reading of short plays.

Fri., April 17 7pm – livestream  Rebecca Skloot, who wrote the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Presented by the Southwest Literary Society. 

Some Good News – featuring John Krasinski is on YouTube. This week he invited David Ortiz, former Red Sox slugger, and five Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center employees to zoom into his show. Krasinski and Ortiz donated four season tickets “for life” to the hospital staff, but they have to share them with all the rest of the hospital community.  His second show, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, is spectacular – with a live chorus from Hamilton.  The Prescott Valley Public Library presents “Good Crafternoon” videos on their YouTube channel. These videos will feature simple crafting projects using materials you can find in your home and they will be posted weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so you can check in at your leisure. For more information, contact Coleen at 928-759-6189 or at cbornschlegel@pvaz.netTHE PANDEMIC KITCHEN PROJECT: Chef Molly’s Cooking Classes (Facebook) Feeling cooped up and bored out of your gourd?  Loaded with dry beans and grains that you don’t know what to do with?  Looking for great healthy and earth friendly meal ideas? Join Molly on Facebook — sharing daily ideas, tips, recipes, and information. Become a part of the exchange. You also might be interested in signing up for the newsletters from Prescott’s Slow Food Project, prescottAZ@slowfoodusa.org

AZ Roots – For Information state wide –  

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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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