Boost Alliance asks the community “How can we help during the coronavirus outbreak?”

 We recognize that there is a lot of uncertainty, stress, and questions during this difficult time.  We also know that our community is strong, resilient, and we are hopeful that we will face this adversity united.  So in that spirit, we wanted to reach out and see how BOOST can help our community.  Below are some of the questions/concerns that have been asked from BOOST: 

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 1. Childcare: does anyone know of any after school programs, out of school time programs, gyms, faith based, etc. that are staying open or willing to offer childcare next week (and beyond) so parents go to work? 
 
2. Food for students: a number of individuals, organizations, and faith based communities have asked how they can help get food to students who might depend on school meals for food.  We are working with the school district to come up with a strategy where volunteers working with after school providers, faith based groups, community centers, etc. can deliver food to students and families.  Please fill out the Google survey below to share information or volunteer your help on this issue. 
 
3. News, updates, services: If you know of any information that could be helpful to children/youth/families, please forward so we can disseminate to the community. All information will be screened before sending out but we wanted to give the opportunity for BOOST to serve as a conduit for information.  
 
GOOGLE SURVEY
Please fill out this survey to address the above. This will help us organize and keep all information private.  If you prefer to respond to this email with information, that is totally welcomed as well.  Click on the link below: 
 
BOOST MONTHLY MEETING
We are canceling our in-person meeting for March this Thursday (3/19), it was scheduled to be at the YMCA. However, we are working on a call in conference ability so please stay tuned to our emails for instructions.  There are still timely and worthy updates for our Out Of School Time stakeholders and community. 
*Just a reminder, monthly BOOST meetings happen the 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:00-10:30.  
  
 Our thoughts and prayers are with our community as we face this adversity together.  
 
 According to its page on the United Way website, BOOST builds the capacity of youth and youth serving organizations, individual out-of-school time staff, and the field as a whole. BOOST’s goal is to increase availability and access to high-quality services for youth in out-of-school time. BOOST empowers afterschool and summer program providers to be more eddective and efficient, inspiring innovation and improvement; resulting in positive transformation for thousands of youth in Alachua County.

For more details, email Rahkiah Brown at rbrown@unitedwayncfl.org.

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