Ada Jenkins Response to the Effects of the Coronavirus on the Community
While most of the Ada Jenkins Center staff are working remotely, we are as busy as ever:
- We’ve distributed $80,000 in Critical Assistance emergency funding to 92 families.
- Our LEARNWorks team has pivoted to online learning via Google Classroom. To help combat any academic “summer slump,” two Davidson College students are interning with LEARNWorks over the summer to create additional online enrichment activities for students and families.
- Our Medical and Dental programs are evaluating their steps toward reopening. Our top priority, of course, is the safety of all of our patients, volunteers – including dentists and doctors – and our staff. Our Medical staff is assisting approximately 25 patients each week via telemedicine, refilling prescriptions and assisting with patient referrals.
- Our Career Facilitator is helping client-partners connect to virtual job fairs and online training workshops.
- Our Workforce Development and Housing staff helped the first family in our Hope to Home program “graduate” to their own home. Two new families are now in the program.
- Demand for our food pantry has doubled since mid-March. We’re continuing to follow the Loaves & Fishes food pantry guidelines, with a weekly drive-through pantry. Over the past 10 weeks we’ve provided 960 people with a combined 19,200 lbs. of food.
Additionally, Ada Jenkins Center volunteers are delivering CMS School Nutrition Services’ prepackaged meals; one breakfast and one lunch meal is available per weekday for anyone under the age of 18. To get on the list to receive deliveries, please email us.
Many of our regular volunteers are older – and we are encouraging them to stay home – which means we are in need of new volunteers! If you have some free time and would like to help, please join our Standby Volunteers list.
We are grateful to the nearly 400 donors who have contributed emergency assistance funds for our client families; now the Ada Jenkins Center, itself, needs community help to keep up with the demand. As you may know, we had to postpone our annual Spring Gala, which would have provided the funding we need to support our operations through the summer. With that loss – nearly $100,000 – we have had to make some difficult cuts, including staff.
Please help us serve our families with a gift that’s comfortable for you; click here to donate online. Checks may be sent to the Ada Jenkins Center at PO Box 1842; Davidson, NC 28036.
For more information, please call 704-896-0471, ext. 102.
Thank you for caring about the families in our community.