Over the coming weeks and months, everyone in the San Joaquin Valley will continue to experience the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, what we have learned over the past several weeks confirms that the health, economic, educational and social impacts will be felt most acutely by the most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them. This includes low-wage workers and their families, the under- and uninsured, the unemployed, immigrants, communities of color, non-English proficient, homeless, and small and emerging community-based organizations.
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF) – a community-led funder collaborative working across the nine counties of the region – is striving to quickly raise a minimum of $2.5 million in private and philanthropic contributions to provide support to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment have teamed up to seed the SJVHF COVID-19 Response Cluster with contributions of nearly $500,000. Read the news release.
The mission of the SJVHF COVID-19 Response Cluster is to ensure vulnerable families, individuals and the nonprofits serving them receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other needs, including access to the services, programs and protections available under local, state and federal law. View a map enlargement.
Unfortunately, this is not a temporary crisis. The health, social, educational and economic life of San Joaquin Valley vulnerable communities is likely to experience severe disruption for months. State and federal government responses are helpful, but are insufficient to ensure that the diverse families and communities of the San Joaquin Valley get the direct help they need in a timely manner. Through the power of the SJVHF network, which currently includes 27 funder partners and nearly 150 community partners, we will work together and demonstrate the incredible commitment and impact of a collaborative dedicated to advancing health and equity for all.
Your contribution will help deepen the impact and reach of the existing network of cultural and ethnically diverse partner organizations and grassroots groups to effectively and expeditiously provide response and support to particularly vulnerable communities.