Earth Care's members decided last week to shift the organizing and staff resources of our climate emergency and youth at the center campaigns to respond to the immediate needs of our community in this time of crisis. As we respond to the crisis, we must recognize the lessons presenting themselves about the dire need to address economic insecurity and injustice, health inequity, and the need to organize and build power and systems of mutual support and accountability in our community. Further, we understand that this current crisis is not unlike the public health and human rights' crises faced by communities across the world because of climate disruption, imperialism, and forced displacement and that pandemics and other public health emergencies may increase because of climate change.
We recognize that we have the opportunity and responsibility to create a grassroots response that strengthens our community's connection, social capital, and resilience - while centering the needs of our most vulnerable and building power to address structural inequalities.
In partnership with community members, Red Nation, DSA-Santa Fe, and Fathers New Mexico, Earth Care's youth and parent leaders are coordinating a mutual aid network.
Santa Fe COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form
Times seem really wild and unpredictable right now and we can isolate and hoard or possibly find a way to stay in community and help each other out. Safe distancing is important, but so is solidarity. Here's the idea: pair those in need in Santa Fe with those able to help by filling out this form. We'll do our best to match offers with requests. Please share this Google form with neighbors, friends, family & on social media so we can reach those who need help & organize our communities to respond.
Los tiempos parecen realmente salvajes e impredecibles en este momento y podemos aislar y atesorar o posiblemente encontrar una manera de permanecer en comunidad y ayudarnos mutuamente. El distanciamiento seguro es importante, pero también la solidaridad. Esta es la idea: emparejar a los necesitados en Santa Fe con los que puedan por medio este formulario. Haremos todo lo posible para que las ofertas coincidan con las solicitudes.
*If you are a part of an organization, consider signing onto the #ReleaseThemAll: Organizational Sign on Letter. A call to release all people in ICE custody. Not a part of an org? Sign this letter from Raices Texas!
ABQ Care Packages (for those requesting assistance)
Families who need extra support during this time of need can fill out the form below to receive a small care package put together by local community organizations in Albuquerque. Fill out the Google Form.
ABQ Residents Offering Resources & Assistance
In response to COVID-19, orgs are organizing mutual aid to respond to those that are often not included in conversations about public health. This includes Disabled, Houseless, Immunocompromised and Marginalized communities with greater risk and lesser access to help. Sign up to help out here.
For Navajo and Hopi families, please see Navajo and Hopi Families COVID Relief Help Request Form
CHECK-IN & PHONE TREE SYSTEM
In this time of social/physical distancing, we need to make sure to stay connected. We will be organizing a phone-tree whereby we will check-in on each other weekly, arrange mutual aid as necessary, and communicate updates and further calls to action. If you think we don't have your phone number but you want to be included, please shoot us an email with the best # to reach you.
- Travel Recommendations
- NM Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
- NM Coronavirus Support Services Hotline (questions about school closures, job issues etc.): 1-833-551-0518
- Frequently Asked Questions
- New Mexico Kids.Org
- Resources for Indigenous People & more specific to Rio Arriba County compiled by Tewa Women United
- Comprehensive List of NM resources compiled by NMGSAN & Adventure OUT!, The Mountain Center & Transgender Resource Center of NM)
- Another helpful list for college students across the nation
- Mutual Aid in the Southwest Resource Sheet
- Updates from the City of Santa Fe re: Online City Services
- COVID-19 TRANS RESOURCES DIRECTORY
We are encouraging all Santa Fe residents to enroll in Alert Santa Fe, an emergency notification system that will allow the city to provide important information quickly, efficiently and accurately. You can find Alert Santa Fe at https://www.santafenm.gov/alertsantafe
The City of Santa Fe has barred all evictions during this time
The City of Santa Fe has stopped all water shut-offs during this time
Bus ridership is FREE in the City of Santa Fe at this time
Parking is FREE at this time
PNM & NM Gas have stopped electricity shut-offs at this time
SEEK THE CARE YOU NEED - TESTING & TREATMENT IS FREE REGARDLESS OF INSURANCE
We encourage you to:
- Remain calm for yourself and for others, using whatever self care practices are important to you
- Practice good hygiene, washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, coughing and sneezing into a tissue of upper sleeve rather than onto your hand. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Practice social distancing in order to minimize the spread of this virus
- Be especially mindful of older adults and those who are immunocompromised and who are the most at-risk. Consider ways that you can support elders to gain access to cleaning supplies and food so that they can remain safe, secure, and healthy in their homes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you or a loved one are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
- Stay home except to get medical care. More
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
The following is a list of coronavirus resources in various languages from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Navajo Nation Department of Health:
OTHER HEALTH/SAFETY RELATED RESOURCES
HEALTH RELATED TRANSIT FOR SENIORS
- If you are a senior and need help getting to a medical appointment (505) 955-4721. If you need confirmation, you may call senior services transportation dispatch. The phone is 955-4700, or email Linda Quesada at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT IN THIS TIME
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT IN THIS TIME
- National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Staying Safe during COVID-19 & Intimate Partner Violence Info
SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS
- Stronghearts Native Helpline (Mon-Fri) 1-844-7NATIVE; 1-844-762-8483
- Free COVID-19 Support Program for Chronic Disease Patients and Their Families
- [Santa Fe County] Anyone with chronic mental health needs who require support during this crisis are encouraged to contact the Crisis Center via email at email@example.com. There is no charge for these crisis response services.
- Know Your Rights Information during COVID-19
- Hay 5 cosas que deben saber sobre tus derechos y la Coronavirus
REPORTING RACIST ATTACKS
- The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and the Chinese for Affirmative Action announced the creation of the online reporting center where people can fill out a form to report the location and type of discrimination experienced and other details. Currently available in English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Korean.
Families with Kids
- Monday-Friday 10:30AM-12:30PM Santa Fe Public Schools will distribute free breakfast and lunch to students from any school at: Chaparral, Kearny, Ramirez Thomas and Sweeney elementary schools, Aspen Community School, Capital & Santa Fe High Schools. Questions about student meals can call 1-833-551-0518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday-Friday 11AM-2:30PM Presbyterian hospital & Medical Centers offer free kids meals to children 4801 Beckner Road Santa Fe, NM see other locations throughout the state here.
Daily means for high risk seniors - Meals on Wheels 955-4748
Help accessing groceries from NM Aging & Long Term Services for disabled or senior adults throughout the state including tribal land call 1-800-432-2080 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and city/town you reside in. They will return your call at least within 2 hours. For those on the Navajo Nation call 928-871-6868.
All Santa Fe Residents - Free Food Supplies
Drive-through food distribution times throughout the week.
- Tuesday from 10AM to noon, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail (Food Depot & Bag n Hand)
- Thursday from 6AM to 9AM, The Food Depot parking lot, 1222 A Siler Rd. (Food Depot & Feeding Santa Fe)
- Thursday from 10AM to noon, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail (Food Depot & Bag n Hand)
- 2nd and 4th Thursday 4:30-6:30PM St. John’s United Methodist Church (address above)
- Saturday from 9AM to 11AM, Capital High School, 4851 Paseo del Sol (Food Depot & Santa Fe Public Schools)
- Salvation Army will be distributing the meals throughout the community during this time. If you are a community or neighborhood representative and would like drop off to your community, please contact Lt. Immanuel from The Salvation Army at 562-618-5055.
Meal Locations for Students in Española
- Española Public Schools: The Student Nutrition Department is providing meals for all children within the Espanola Public Schools (EPS) service area. Click here for list of meal site locations and delivery routes
- Los Alamos Public Schools: Beginning March 16th and ending April 3rd, grab and go lunches will be provided for students who need them from 11 am – 1 pm at Aspen Elementary School.
- Moving Arts Española: Moving Arts is closed from March 16 – April 4 but will be providing breakfast and lunch for children. During this time of quarantine Moving Arts will be partnering with the Espanola Public Schools to be a site to pick up breakfast and lunches for children starting Thursday, March 19. Breakfast can be picked up at 8:00 am and lunch by 12:00 pm, Monday- Friday. If you are in need of this service please click on this link and fill out our survey below. The purpose of this survey is to get an accurate number of meals so that we do not run out or have too many left over.
Other Meal Locations in Española area
- Rio Arriba County: Starting on Wednesday, April 1, The Food Depot is starting a new food distribution point at Ohkay Hotel Casino (67 NM-391), and then every 1st & 3rd Wed. following, from 10am - 12pm.
- B.V.Q.A. Martinez Senior Center in Española: Senior Center meals will be available as carry-out only. Please call (505) 747-6028 or (505) 747-6027 to place meal orders.
- If you’re a senior or a disabled adult who cannot access groceries to call 1-800-432-2080. Leave a message with your name, telephone number, and the city/town you reside in. NM Aging and Long Term Services will be in contact with you within 2 hours of your call if not sooner. For those on the Navajo Nation call 928-871-6868.
Meal Locations for Students in Albuquerque
Families – with a student present – can pick up food at any of the 89 schools but will not be allowed to enter the buildings. A list of the sites is on aps.edu.
Infant formula will be available at New Futures Alternative High School, a high school for pregnant and parenting students, for New Futures students only.
Seniors & Adults
- Bernalillo County Seniors can get a free, hot meal delivered to their homes. Call the Metro Area Agency on Aging at 505-768-2084.
The City of Albuquerque provides services to low and moderate-income residents in the form of emergency food, clothing, and utility and rental assistance, as funding is available. To be eligible for a box of food or other assistance, you need to bring a picture ID, Proof of residence (i.e. utility bill, lease agreement, or something from the government that has their name and address on it (within last 60 days))., If they are homeless, they ask for just the ID, If they do not have an ID they will assist them the first time and ask that they provide one on the next visit, Client are eligible to receive food every thirty days once they sign up for the program.
- Alamosa Health & Social Service Center - (505) 836-8800
- Los Griegos Health & Social Service Center - (505) 761-4050
- John Marshall Health & Social Service Center - (505) 848-1345
- East Central Health & Social Service Center - (505) 767-5700
Mutual Aid & Other Resources in Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Mutual Aid. Request a care package: forms.gle/kigCC5gshuL7oridA
- ABQ Coordinated Resource Guide Listing of Changes in Resources & Services Since COVID-19
- Las Vegas - grab and go meals are provided at the school sites
- Las Cruces Meal Distribution sites (Roadrunner Food bank & Schools)
CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS
- [Santa Fe] Volunteer or donate to Feeding Santa Fe http://feedingsantafe.org/
- [Santa Fe] Pete's Place located off of Cerrillos Road, is looking for servers:
- [Santa Fe] St. Elizabeth's Casa Familia are volunteer run entities and will be needing our support! Please sign up on their calendar to drop off freshly prepared meals:
- [Rio Arriba County] Operation Bandana New Mexico is assembling a team of seamspersons in Rio Arriba County to make masks for medical personnel to help keep them safe.
- [Statewide] Volunteers needed at NM Aging & Long Term ServicesEmail: ALTSD-Volunteers@state.nm.us with subject Line: READY TO HELP & identify city/town you reside in, and your phone number. They will then reach out with more info!
- [Presbyterian Healthcare Services] They have several projects that folks can do at home to donate later this year for patients and clinicians. Projects include: Scrub tops and bottoms for staff ; Adult blankets/quilts - sewn, crocheted, knitted; Receiving blankets ; Incubator covers; Crib-size blankets/quilts - sewn, crocheted, knitted; Baby caps - crocheted, knitted; small stuffed animals - sewn. More details here.
- [Statewide] If you have any stockpiles of personal protective equipment (i.e. masks, gloves or even hand sanitizer) check out this site to find a hospital in need of donations.
State child care facilities are still in operation. New Mexico Expands child care eligibility(read full news release here) and guarantees payments for child care providers during the public health emergency. The state has a child care Resource and Referral line to help families find child care:
Families can also contact their CYFD eligibility specialist via phone or email to let them know they now need full-time care; our team across the state will amend the contracts. In addition, all parents receiving child care assistance will have their copays waived during the public health emergency. CYFD will issue full-time child care assistance contracts to first responders and health providers who need child care. Please call 1-833-551-0518 to connect with the state’s child care Resource and Referral line or online to download a child care assistance application. During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding; interested parties can call 1-833-551-0518.
We are encouraging those who can help friends and families with childcare while parents are still having to work to do so.
- Free online educational services available for school and families
- Santa Fe Public Library e-resources (movies, books) & education access
- Indigenous Wisdom: Centuries of Pueblo Impact in NM Curriculum
- ABQ Library System e resources
- Here's a spreadsheet of 199 enrichment activities for children while parents are working remotely
- Educational films/shows on Netflix
- Rio Rancho Public Schools Online Learning Section
- Scholastic Free Online Learning Resources
- PBS Kids, Zoom (PBS Kids), activities, games, and downloadable offline projects
- CS Education Week's "unplugged" programs
- Kinetic City's collection of science projects, experiments, and educational games
- New Mexico State Library Online Resources & El Portal
- EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum: a comprehensive, standards-aligned curriculum, including the K-2 Skills Block, available online as an Open Education Resource. (If you are currently using the curriculum, here's guidance for virtual learning)
- Models of Excellence: the world’s largest digital library of high-quality student projects.
- EL Education Resource Library: a searchable library of EL Education’s high-quality instructional resources.
Recursos en español
- Ayuda para maestros y maestras (peliculas)
- Universo Abierto
- Ayuda para maestros y maestras (recursos)
CS Unplugged (Ciencias de la Computación para niños)
- Santa Fe Trails buses and Santa Fe Ride ADA Complementary Paratransit and Senior Transportation Service have gone fare free until further notice to minimize the needed contact between passengers and drivers (as of 3/20).
HOUSING & UTILITIES
RESIDENTS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST EVICTION & UTILITY CUT OFF AT THIS TIME
- On March 24th the state Supreme Court temporarily halted evictions for renters across the state who can't pay during the health emergency. Tenants must prove inability to pay. READ MORE HERE.
If you do get evicted & would like assistance with your eviction proceeding please contact:
- [ABQ] Senior Citizens Law Office - (505) 265-2300
- New Mexico Legal Aid - (505) 633-6694
- [ABQ's SouthBroadway neighborhood] United South Broadway - (505) 764-8867
- The City of Santa Fe has barred all evictions during this time - READ MORE HERE
- Santa Fe Public School families may apply to Communities In Schools of New Mexico's Emergency Fund. For information call Ivan Cornejo, CIS Field Operations Director at 505-954-1880 or email@example.com
- Sample Letter (for service workers) to send to your Landlord regarding rent
- All Utility shut-offs are temporarily suspended. Electric, Gas, Water
- Verizon is allowing customers experiencing financial hardship to only pay part of their bill through May 13th. Request this relieve HERE.
60 days of free Comcast Internet for low-income households, the elderly, and veterans - continued service not required, can be cancelled at any time.
Zoom Video Conferencing: forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2020/03/13/zoom-video-coronavirus-eric-yuan-schools
Free unlimited smartphone data from all four major service providers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T) thanks to the FCC'S recent "Keep Americans Connected Pledge".
New Info regarding the economic impact payment from the federal government: The CARES Act (which was passed at the federal level) gives working people $1,200 with an additional $500 per child. This distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three (3) weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. Find more details on this economic impact payment on the IRS website here and what you need to do to make sure you can receive these monies.
- Unfortunately, this is not extended to undocumented folks and some mixed status households.
- Here's a simple video on Worker's rights during the Coronavirus Virus from the NM Center on Law & Poverty.
NM State Unemployment Benefits:
- Workers are highly encouraged to apply for benefits online here. You can call (877-664-6984) but online is the preferred option. Individuals who opt to call are being asked to call on a specific day that correspond with the last number of their Social Security: 0–3 call on Monday; 4–6 call on Tuesday; 7–9 call on Wednesday. If you missed your day, call on Thursday or Friday.
Following a one-week waiting period, workers could receive $433 per week for three weeks-no work-search requirement at this time.
Benefits have been expanded. Unemployment benefits to cover part-time, self-employed, and gig workers, including artists, entertainers, and others around New Mexico who work on a contract to contract basis. More details on how this will be rolled out are still in the works.
- Nusenda Credit Union is working with Partnership for Community action to assist local immigrant workers since many don’t qualify for federal benefits or unemployment. Nusenda will offer small loans that don’t require traditional credit checks. The loans are capped at $600 and a 5% interest rate. The loans are limited to 80 families which will help them pay for housing and food during this time. Read about it here.
- For New Mexicans with DACA or any other immigration status who are being let go of their jobs and have questions about collecting unemployment, Santa Fe Dreamers Project is here to help. Call and leave a message 505-490-2789 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They will get back to you as soon as possible.
Small business owners, managers, directors and or administrators
The NM Economic Development Department held a webinar with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions, NM Department of Health, and the U.S. Small Business Administration last Friday, March 13th: COVID-19 Information & Resources for Businesses. If you were not able to view it, there is a recording available and the information provided was also posted on their website here. To view the webinar, please register here.
New Mexico's administration has asked Trump to provide aid for self-employed workers who do not currently qualify for unemployment.
Now that President Trump has declared a national emergency, emergency funds are now available for small business from the SBA, etc.
- Webinar on Mon. 3/30 NMEDD COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee: Program updates for business owners. Register Here
- Statewide Information can be found here, including information on COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program, LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans, NM Finance Authority: Business Loan Partnership Program, and Federal Assistance.
- ABQ Guide for businesses and organizations on webpages at https://www.cabq.gov/economicdevelopment AND https://www.cabq.gov/economicdevelopment/small-business/smallbusinessoffice/?031320
- Santa Fe area Artists: The City of Santa Fe's Arts & Culture Department and the Lannan Foundation created the Culture Connects Coalition Artist Relief Fund. Awards from $500-$1,000 will be made to artists-in-need via a less-formalized grant process through the Culture Connects lens of equity, inclusion and access. Depending on funding levels and the number of requests, priority will be given to artists from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvantaged. The fund will go live in April with award distribution between 15-30 days upon request and review. https://www.santafenm.gov/culture_connects_coalition
- ABQ Artists: Fulcrum Fund to award $60,000 in emergency relief grants, providing $1,000 to 60 local artists who have lost income as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Apply here
- Covid 19 Freelance Artist Resources can be found here & another site can be found here
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - Info HERE
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks organized by Amita Swadhin
- Coronavirus Care Fund for Domestic and Low Wage Workers organized by The National Domestic Workers Alliance.