Update on Community Resources & Needs of Community Organizations

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Update on Community Resources and
Requests for Assistance

 Persist & Resist/Prescott Indivisible – April 23, 2020
Have something to add? Email: IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com

Message from Prescott Indivisible 
Please check out our new short video on video on YouTube thanking the service community for helping us all. Please share it with your friends, encourage them to join us. They can sign up for our newsletters on the website, or drop an email to IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com.
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 $2,000. for the effort. 
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. 
CCJ 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. 
Prescott Indivisible continues to offer dinner to the residents once a week, depending on funds available. To provide food from El Gato Azul for 35-40 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.

  • The unavailability of testing in this county is still appalling –  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 and where citizens at risk cannot obtain the PPE they need.

I was appalled when I went to a few stores yesterday–many of those who live in Prescott and Prescott Valley think they are immune to Covid-19! So, please WEAR A MASK – ALWAYS!! THIS continues to be a CRITICAL TIME IN YAVAPAI CO. – folks from all over the state are starting to migrate to our area to escape the heat.  There are almost 3,000 residents in Phoenix who are infected with the virus; almost 1,000 from Pima Co.  We are definitely at risk.  Remember, the Yavapai Co. Community Health Services website has the most recent data on reported cases. 
When wearing your mask, 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 after heavy use or weekly 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. 

Elective surgeries coming soon! Watch info on Gov. Ducey’s Executive Orderof 4/22/20.

What 4 things need to happen from a public health perspective to “re-open” Yavapai Co
. – Increased rapid testing; antibody testing; protection of our vulnerable populations; continued use of protective measures such as physical distancing and use of masks. Entire article here. (Tom Thurman, Supervisor, Yavapai Co. District 2) 

Masks and hospital gowns are needed! If you sew, please put your efforts into making masks and hospital gowns.  There are many patterns on the internet.

  •  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 with Prescott Center for the Arts Serves, click on one of these links:  In Need of Assistance? Want to Volunteer?  PleaseDonate
  • The Hopi of Moenkoepi need masks. Last week we put out a call to assist the nation with donations.  One of our members, Jan Suderman (Human Rights Rep., PI Steering Committee contacted Carla Woody of Kenosis and was advised of their need for masks.  Jan made 60 adult masks and 20 children’s masks – they are on their way for distribution. Carla observed that Jan’s generosity is life-giving.  Both women are inspiring. The critical need for emergency relief for the Hopi and how to donate can be found here. Others are also supporting the need for masks, like PI member Mary Kaye O’Neill.  
  • Masks and hospital gowns are NEEDED – If you can sew and want to help, but don’t know where to donate, send an email to IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com and we will let you where the needs are. We will also send you a resource for hospital gowns.
  • The homeless who do not shelter at CCJ do not have masks or hand sanitizer.  Jean Lutz (jeanlutz16@gmail.com) is collecting masks. She also has a need for fabric – any sheets of closely woven cotton fabric, t-shirts are good. Paper towels and coffee filters are needed for extra protection in certain mask types. She also is seeking hand sanitizer. If you don’t have the sanitizer, she is also collecting the small pump bottles.

Websites that have COVID-19 information and others that have info for people that have been effected by the virus are now included on Local Resources – Town and County available here.  New website added: Yavapai Co. Business and Employee Assistance (Displaced Employee Resources)– has job openings posted and also a webpage for listing a job opportunity. 
New Resources
This week only – Pop-Up Food Pantry, Sun. April 26 9am at the Gateway Mall. Central Church is providing 500 boxes of food for families with 4-5 members. If you would like to help staff the event and are between the ages of 18-60, contact – pralinesofprescott@gmail.com.  Volunteers must arrive at 7:30am and stay until approximately 11:30am. 

Special Offer – Charles Matheus (speaker, podcaster and community advocate) and two other experienced mentors are offering FREE 30 minute video calls for any parent who wants to get some nonjudgmental, quality listening, and support. Check out the credentials of the mentors on their website. Anyone can schedule a confidential appointment at www.rocketfeather.com/schedule. Totally confidential, participants will not be added to a mailing list.
Manzanita Outreach –  will be sharing food with the public free of charge each Wednesday evening from 5-7 pm at Prescott High School.  Those receiving food should stay in your vehicle throughout the ‘“drive-thru” process, and please make sure you have ample space in your trunk for the loading of food boxes.

Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) – The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) will be providing cat and dog food for those in need on a first-come, first-serve basis. The limit is one bag per vehicle. Daily pick-up is from Noon to 4:00 PM. YHS is located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301. Donations are also appreciated during this time. For more information on this program, please call 928-445-2666.    

Pet Headquarters – Pet Headquarters is offering pet food for individuals who have lost their jobs or been otherwise economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also accepting pet food donations. Pick-up is during regular business hours at 2710 N Glassford Hill Rd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. For more information, please call 928-775-5558. 

Community Resource Guide – A comprehensive guide to Yavapai County Community Resources is attached. If specialized care/resource is available outside the county, it is noted. 

This newsletter keeps getting longer and longer. New Links for organizations and resources have been created to make it a bit more manageable. The editor of this newsletter is Maria Lynam. You can contact her by email re errors/omissions/suggestions at IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com

          Only those with Critical or Continuing Needs will be shown here.

                      Here is the LINK to Community Organization Needs.

Other organizations on the Community Resource Needs page: Keep Prescott Together, Navajo & Hopi Relief Fund, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Precott Arrea Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Stepping Stones, Kino Border Initiative, Launch Pad Teen Center, Yavapai Co. Food Bank.

NEW! Yavapai Family Advocacy Center serves community members who are victims of family violence. The Center’s mission is to reduce trauma to victims of abuse by providing a safe and supportive environment and facilitating a team approach to advocacy, investigation, and prosecution. Contact  928-775-0669  Currently the pubic is invited to make donations of new stuffed animals, health hygiene items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, individually wrapped package snack items, clothing for sexual assault victims including all sizes of new sports bras and women’s underwear, new flip flops or slippers, comfortable clothing, gift cards to Fry’s, Costco and Walmart. Donations can be made on their website. MATFORCE is having a donations drive for them.  Curb-side donations can be made to the Prescott Valley Police Dept., 7601 Civic Center, PV; Prescott Police Dept. 222 S. Marina St., Prescott and Chino Vallley Police Dept., 1950 Voss Dr., Chino Valley.

***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.   ***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.

***CRITICAL NEED Kenosis (a 501 c-3 non-profit) is assisting two indigenous peoples. One is in Arizona, the Hopi Villages of Shungopavi and Lower Moencopi. Shungopavi is located on Second Mesa in northern Arizona and Lower Moencopi is across from Tuba City. Shungopavi has closed the village. Non-residents are not allowed to enter. However, State Route 264 runs through the middle of the village. For an update on the virus, please read this. Donation information is on the website. 
The full amount of your donation we receive goes directly to those in need.

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. 

***CONTINUING NEED 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.

***CONTINUING NEED  Gato Community Gives – started by Barry Barbe and his staff at El Gato Azul, they provide meals and food boxes for families in need. They anticipate reaching 1,000 meals/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.

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 Mercantile, 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.  
  • Prescott Farmer’s Market – order food boxes for your family from noon on Tues. for delivery on Sat. morning.

New items of importance will be included under this heading each week.
Go to this 
Chino Valley 
   New! Senior Center weekly menus can be found here. They are open 11am to 12:30pm for take out lunches only.
Chino Valley Education Foundation, 650 E Center Street, Chino Valley 86323.Hungry Kids Project volunteers fill bags with groceries and deliver them weekly to families in need, in the Chino Valley and Paulden areas. Monetary donations for the Hungry Kids Project, by check payable to Chino Valley Education Foundation, can be mailed to the address listed above–Donors, please specify Hungry Kids Project. Food donations are also accepted at the address listed, from 9am to 1pm Monday through Thursday. 
El Paraiso Mexican-ItalianRestaurant, 150 N. State Highway 89, Chino Valley  is taking to-go orders in addition to selling essential items and groceries like toilet paper, eggs, flour, rice and beans. Check their facebook page.

Both the City of Prescott and Town of Prescott Valley have great facebook pages. They are both participating in the governor’s #LightAZBlue initiative, along with Yavapai County,to show support for medical workers and first responders on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19.



City of Prescott –  OnFacebook – Mayor Mengarelli’s Mon., April 20 Meeting.
The Mayor will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Youth Resources on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. via zoom.  Scheduled speakers include Leslie Horton, Director of Yavapai County Community Health Services; Joe Howard, PUSD Superintendent; Stan Goligoski, Executive Director of Yavapai County Education Service Agency; and Courtney Osterfelt, Executive Director of The Launchpad Teen Center.  In addition, student leaders will share their perspective. Here is the Zoom link and call-in information: Join Zoom Meeting  https://zoom.us/j/92334290728Dial by your location  +1 253 215 8782 US Meeting ID: 923 3429 0728
Did you know that Prescott’s Media Center (PMC) has videos of meetings and other town info on demand?

Look for Prescott’s #SignsOfHope in downtown business windows. Here is Fancy That!, 109 and 124 S. Granite St.
Black Butterfly Artisan Chocolates started a campaign called “Here to Stay” in which the owner has partnered with a small local print shop ( Prescott Print Co ).  Each small business owner that participates will have a t-shirt has been designed free of charge that will showcase their businesses logo as well as the “Here to Stay” logo and the hashtag #Prescottlove. All proceeds for the purchase of these t-shirts is split equally between each small business and the print shop. Please support all of the Prescott small businesses so they can survive the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Order your Black Butterfly t-shirt or hoodie here.

Town of Prescott Valley –Go to Covid-19 Town News
The latest video with  Mondays With the Mayor, 
Kell Palguta.
Coming Up – Clean Up Day, Sat. May 2, 8a-4p. Call 928-759-3070 for info.
Goats in your PV Yard! In order to save money on Right of Way maintenance and grass mowing at all of our parks this season we will be using a team of trained goats to do it.The schedule of when you will see them in your neighborhood is on the PV Facebook page. If you do not want goats in your yard please reach out and email comrel@pvaz.net.(Included for your enjoyment – this was a belated April Fool’s Announcement.)

NEW!Yavapai County – Board of Supervisors Instructions to speak at their virtual meetings.
Information on Store Hours
New items of importance will be included under this heading each week. Go to this link for the entire listing. 
   Updated! Costco – M-F 10:00am – 6:30pm, Sat 9:30am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm. The special shopping days for members age 60 and over are currentlyTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Temporarily, Costco is allowing priority access (move to the front of the line) to healthcare workers, first responders, police officers, EMTs, and Firefighters who are members.
     Remember to thank those who serve us in grocery stores, drugs stores, take-out at restaurants and at other essential services. 
Read about Covid-19 coverage, free:  Local/State news available with out a subscription (click on links below to access)
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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! Interact with a panel of experts. 

Cooking with Your Kids by Delish – at 10am (1p EST) on Fridays. If you miss it, the shows will be shown on Instagram for 24 hours. (Check it out – perfect for kids or adults).
Staying Creative in Quarantine – from The Atlantic, April 17. 2020  For adults, with some surprises for kids.

Some Good News– John Krasinski is on YouTube. This week he put on a prom and had some special guest musicians. This is his 4th show – see them all, they are definitely heartwarming. The Prescott Valley Public Library presents “Good Crafternoon” videos on their YouTube channel, featuring simple crafting projects using materials you can find in your home. Posted weekly on Mon., Wed., and Fri. to check out 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?  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. 

AZ Roots – For Information state wide –

Contact Information for your elected representatives:

KYRSTEN SINEMA, 825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4521   contact@sinema.senate.gov

MARTHA MCSALLY, B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
202-224-2235    contact@mcsally.senate.gov

PAUL GOSAR, 2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515       202-225-2315   http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/ 
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118  480-882-2697
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301       928-445-1683

Governor, Doug Ducey, State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331

Legislature     http://www.azleg.gov/
Senator Karen Fann          kfann@azleg.gov                 602-926-5874  
Rep. Noel Campbell         ncampbell@azleg.gov          602-926-3124
Rep. Steve Pierce            spierce@azleg.gov               602-926-5584

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
Rowle Simmons – Dist. 1 Supervisor  web.bos.district1@yavapai.us
Thomas Thurman – Dist. 2 Supervisor  web.bos.district2@yavapai.us
Randy Garrison – Dist. 3 Supervisor  web.bos.district3@yavapai.us 
Craig Brown – Dist. 4 Supervisor  web.bos.district4@yavapai.us
Mary Mallory – Dist. 5 Supervisor  web.bos.district5@yavapai.us 

Yavapai Co. Community Health Services – Leslie Horton, Director   (928) 771-3122  (no email given)

Mayor Greg Mengarelli      (no email given)
201 S. Cortez  St. Prescott  928.777.1248


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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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