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Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Ashley Holmes

Ashley Holmes - Catalizadora de Marca y Marketing

Ways to Stay Connected Despite Social Distancing

Despite mandated social distracting called to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) within Santa Cruz County, there is a lot we can do to stay connected and support one another.

Here at the MAH, we are closing our doors, but we are not turning our back on our mission to build a stronger, more connected community. This blog post will stay updated with ways we can all continue to feel connected and help our community get through this trying time even as we must physically distance ourselves.

If you are able-bodied and have the time or means to help here is a running list of ways to stay updated

  • Volunteer to assemble or deliver shopping bags for Grey Bears.
  • Donate money (not canned goods) or volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Shop online. Check to see if your favorite local store has a website or are taking phone orders.
  • Buy gift cards to your favorite restaurant or local store to use when you can go out again.
  • Turn tickets into donations. If you’ve bought a ticket to a canceled arts performance, think about letting the arts organization or nonprofit keep your money as a donation.
  • Send a care package or call someone in quarantine, working in the health care system, or a friend in need of a happy surprise.

If you have recommendations, revisions, or new opportunities please email us at info@santacruzmah.org to get it added to this list.

Basically, it is avoiding or limiting interactions with other people.

  • Stay home as much as practical, limit contact with people when outside the home, and avoid crowded spaces
  • Avoid hugging or kissing or shaking hands when greeting people who do not live with you or who do but returned from outside the house and have yet to wash their hands
  • Avoid gatherings where the space between people will be less than 3 feet
  • Avoid eating in restaurants, going to crowded bars, attending church services, commuting on public transportation during peak crowded hours
  • Wash hands after being outside of the house and before touching places in your home
  • Wash hand towels frequently or switch to disposable paper towels
  • Try to avoid touching your face when outside of the home

Please call the anonymous crisis line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays at 1-800-704-0900 (Mental Health Services) and/or SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline 24 hours at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 (Press 2 for Spanish).

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