YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish is closely following the news around COVID-19 and working quickly to address the impact of this public health crisis on our employees, program participants, and community partners.
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- COVID-19 توصيات الصحة العامة الخاصة ب
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- COVID-19 (新型コロナウィルス）に関する公衆衛生上の推奨事項
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- COVID-19 Recomendaciones de Salud Pública
The health and well-being of the whole community is our top priority, and we have created this page to provide news and updates from YWCA related to the COVID-19 virus.
Programs And Locations
YWCA is considered an “essential business” under Governor Inslee’s current “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, as an organization that “provides necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities.”
This means most of YWCA’s programs will continue to serve the community, with some changes to our operations to help protect the health of staff and clients. See below for the most current list of program updates.
- All YWCA locations are closed to the general public; access is limited to only essential staff, clients, residents, and service providers.
- On-site staff are required to follow social distancing guidelines and must wear a protective mask in common areas and when meeting with others.
- Protective shields and social distance markers have been installed around the front desks, personal protective equipment is being distributed across the agency, as well as supplies for cleaning and sanitization.
- Volunteer services for all YWCA programs and locations have been temporarily suspended, and all community events scheduled for the spring have been canceled or rescheduled.
Here are some of the ways YWCA’s programs have adapted to the immediate impact of COVID-19:
- Basic needs: In response to the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, staff in all regions are distributing food, cleaning supplies, and grocery store gift cards for women and families in need across YWCA’s programs.
- Health: our health access navigators have helped uninsured residents get coverage during the state’s special enrollment period, and continue to help them access care in the face of this extraordinary public health threat.
- Housing: Because of COVID-19, many laid-off workers are now struggling to pay their rent, and YWCA staff are helping them negotiate payment plans with landlords, find rental assistance funds, and make sure they don’t end up homeless when the eviction moratorium ends. We are also advocating for Governor Inslee to increase rental assistance for low-income residents.
- Employment: YWCA has launched a new economic advancement program, Work$ Ready, a free online job readiness program delivered via Zoom and Google Classroom to help workers secure a job during this public health crisis.
Seattle & King County
- YWCA is now offering a new program, Work$ Ready. This online job training course is available to any job seeker who is interested in brushing up their soft skills and honing their job search techniques.To sign up, call 253.736.2301 or 206.823.5753 and answer a few basic questions to be enrolled in the course and learn about next steps.
- WorkSource Affiliate Downtown Seattle at Opportunity Place: Job bank computers are available are Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., strictly limited it to 10 people at a time. Staff will be on-site to assist people, ensure safety and socially distant protocol, and will clean the computer stations after each use). Staff are also available to assist with unemployment applications, job search, applying for benefits, or any other employment-related needs.
- WorkSource Connections Site at Greenbridge Learning Center: Job bank computers are available Thursdays (1 – 4 p.m.) and Fridays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Staff will be on-site to assist with job search, unemployment applications, filing taxes, applying for benefits and any other critical needs of residents. They will also provide remote support and instruction (ESL, digital literacy) through Zoom. Staff will also clean and disinfect each work station after use.
- Femme2STEM: activities and recruitment for the program (formerly known as GirlsFirst) have been suspended until the start of 2020 – 2021 school year.
- The YWCA Central Area Food Bank is scheduling home deliveries Wednesdays, noon to 3 p.m. Please complete this form to sign-up.
- YWCA BABES Network weekly support group meetings are now being held virtually.
- Services are still being provided YWCA Angeline’s Day Center, including access to food and hygiene products. To follow social distancing guidelines, the common spaces are sanitized twice daily, and services have been limited to roughly half the daily capacity.
Everett & Snohomish County
- The YWCA Everett Regional Center is currently closed to the public, as well as Homeward House.
Due to restrictions around public gatherings, YWCA has re-envisioned our community events scheduled for this spring.
- The 2020 Seattle Inspire Luncheon has been rescheduled for September 10.
- The 10th Annual Stand Against Racism has been rescheduled for April 30, 2021.
- The 2020 Everett Inspire Luncheon, scheduled for April 16, has been canceled.
- Read how you can support women and families in YWCA's programs during this crisis.
- Here are the latest King County public health recommendations.
- The Everett Herald has compiled a list of updates in Snohomish County.
- You can also call the Washington State Department of Health’s hotline with questions about the COVID-19 virus at 1.800.525.0127.
- All updates from the Center for Disease Control are found here.
- YWCA USA has a helpful resource page for women and families.
News Coverage of YWCA & COVID-19
- City of Seattle and Local Leaders Launch Seattle Together Initiative to Create Community During COVID-19 Pandemic
[Seattle.gov | May 21, 2020]
- Small Biz Backer: YWCA’s doors remain open for people in need
[Puget Sound Business Journal | May 20, 2020]
- Already on the Edge, Thousands Seek Help With Food and Rent
[Everett Herald | May 7, 2020]
- GiveBig WA: YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish
[96.5 Jack FM | April 30, 2020]
- Want to Donate to Coronavirus Causes in Seattle? Here’s How to Help
[Seattle Times | April 29, 2020]
- Council OKs Short-Term Fund to Help Residents in Financial Straits Due to COVID-19
[My Edmonds News | April 28,2020]
- Edmonds may fund $1,000 cash payments for coronavirus relief
[Everett Herald | April 26, 2020]
- Seattle’s Shelter Response During COVID-19
[Seattle.gov | April 21, 2020]
- Edmonds Schools Foundation works to ensure children are fed during COVID-19 crisis
[My Edmonds News | April 6, 2020]
- We Cannot Forget Racial, Gender Equity in COVID-19 Response
[Puget Sound Business Journal | April 6, 2020]
- For Domestic Abuse Survivors, Staying Home Has Its Own Dangers
[South Seattle Emerald | April 3, 2020]
- Worried About Making Rent? Here’s What You Need to Know
[Seattle P.I. | March 31, 2020]
- During This Outbreak, Let’s Be Warriors
[Everett Herald | March 30, 2020]
- A Seattle High School’s Food Pantry Moves to a Coffee Shop to Help Feed the Community
[Seattle Times | March 29, 2020]
- Struggling With Coronavirus Isolation? There’s Help
[Next MLT | March 27, 2020]
- How Philanthropists Are Helping During the Crisis
[New York Times | March 27, 2020]
- King County and Seattle Expand COVID-19 Emergency Shelter and Housing Response
[Kirkland Reporter | March 26, 2020]
- The Danger of Being Quarantined With an Abuser
[DomesticShelters.org | March 19, 2020]
- 100+ Washington Nonprofits That Need Your Support Now More Than Ever
[KING 5 | March 16, 2020]
- Domestic Abuse Could Spike As the Coronavirus Traps People Indoors
[Vice News | March 14, 2020]
- COVID-19 Daily Report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 13, 2020
[My Edmonds News | March 13, 2020]
- YWCA Cancels April 16 Everett Fundraising Luncheon; Seattle Event Still Scheduled
[My Edmonds News | March 13, 2020]
- People Living Outside in Seattle Have Far Fewer Options for Protecting From Coronavirus
[Seattle Times | March 12, 2020]
Eric Bronson is the Digital Advocacy and Engagement Manager at YWCA. He manages the Firesteel blog in addition to its social media streams and action initiatives. A graduate of Oberlin College, Eric focuses on the intersection of race and gender within the American political economy.
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