Dear Community Members and Partners,
As the Executive Director for the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), I feel it is important that as an organization we address the current state of emergency faced by our country, state and community over the Coronavirus pandemic. There’s no other way to say it, this has caused concern for all of us and our families. This is impacting many aspects of our lives with news and media changing daily.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that CCA as an organization has taken steps to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus among our staff and the community we serve.
We have followed several measures and guidelines put in place by the CDC to prevent the spread of this respiratory disease. Further, we encourage good hygiene and cleaning practices, and we are recommending social distancing. We have cancelled mass gatherings aimed at promoting participation in civic events such as the Census 2020 to avoid any unwanted community exposure to health risks.
I know we watch news and developments of the coronavirus pandemic with concern, disbelief and uncertainty. This is something unprecedented, but it is important that we stay calm, and work together during this difficult time. For this reason, CCA will continue to work through our programs and community projects in a way that follows health and safety guidelines to protect our staff and community. This means that staff will work from home assuring continuity with the work and connection to the community while preventing the spread of the virus.
I understand working from home has some draw backs, as staff does not have full access to the tools they rely on. However, the CCA team is doing everything we can to minimize disruption in their work.
At the center of CCA’s mission is a commitment to help our local farmworker and low-income families, and it’s something we take very seriously during these troubling times.
Notwithstanding these circumstances, we continue to invite our community to participate in the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through regular mailing of forms as the pandemic advances. Let’s not forget that we still need to be counted!
Daniel Gonzalez, Executive Director
Center for Community Advocacy