Lafayette, like communities all across the nation, has experienced hardship during the Covid-19 emergency. But our strength lies in helping others in times of need. Here is an overview of Lafayette's community response to the Covid-19 emergency. We are so thankful to the many residents, businesses and organizations who are reaching out to offer their assistance. Together we will come out of this emergency stronger and better. #LafayetteStrong
The City has launched the free Business Assistance Program, a way to help local businesses and non-profits access available loans offered by the state and federal governments.
The Chamber of Commerce is open during this emergency and ready to assist you! Check our website for up-to-date information for businesses. Patronize the businesses that are open! As restrictions loosen, the City and the Chamber have prepared “OPEN FOR BUSINESS” signs that affix to A-frames. All you need to do is include your business name or logo and your hours of operation. The Chamber will even deliver the signs to your business. Simply send a request to email@example.com with the name and address of your business.
The Lafayette Community Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the Covid-19 Community Matching Campaign. The community really came together and helped LCF exceed its campaign goal proving that Community Can't be Cancelled. LCF will distribute more than $124,000 to 26 nonprofits--the most in its 20-year history. The needs of these worthy agencies are ongoing as they move toward recovering and rebuilding from the crisis. Therefore, LCF will continue to accept donations and steer those funds toward future Excellence Grants. To find out more, please visit www.lafayettecf.org.
The Lafayette Rotary Club, as it always does, has stepped up to meet current challenges. Its members have agreed to match every dollar donated to the Lafayette Rotary Foundation, up to $15,000, to go to the Contra Costa/Solano Foodbank. This donation, coupled with the potential of a matching amount by the Lesher Foundation, will make a huge impact on feeding many local families in desperate need of help during the Covid-19 pandemic. And here’s how you can help:
- Make your credit card contribution to the Foundation for the Foodbank through the “Give Smart” site.
- A donation by check can be mailed to the Lafayette Rotary Foundation at PO Box 943, Lafayette, CA 94549. Make your check out to the Lafayette Rotary Foundation and write “Foodbank” in the memo line.
- You can also donate your time by volunteering at the Foodbank by visiting https://volunteer.foodbankccs.org/.
This need is urgent so this campaign is going to be run only through May 20. If you have any questions, you can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lamorinda Cares provides free in-residence coronavirus testing to all of our seniors living in residential care centers in Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga. Brian Candell, his infectious disease specialist partner Dr. Hwang, and StatMed's Dr. Samaniego, have gone into Lafayette's three largest residential senior facilities and tested all residents and staff for the coronavirus. So far, they have tested about 300 seniors and staff in Lafayette, and this week are going into Moraga's facilities, and will finish next week in Orinda. The volunteers are fully PPE-protected and have been testing their own patients, but volunteered to test our most vulnerable seniors in our larger community. Working closely with the County, this is truly a heroic effort in difficult situations, and such a gift to our most at-risk residents. Each test costs $56, and the Lamorinda community foundations are assisting in this effort. If you would like to make a fully tax-deductible donation and support Lamorinda Cares, please visit https://lafayettecf.org/
If you or someone you know needs grocery shopping or medication pick up, Lamorinda Village can help. If you are an at-risk senior or someone who wishes to volunteer to help, please send an email to email@example.com or call (925) 283-3500.
The Assistance League of Diablo Valley is reaching out to the homebound during the Stay at Home order. The League’s TeleCare member volunteers are making reassurance phone calls to the homebound, people of all ages, male and female, Monday through Friday. If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from a friendly and comforting phone chat, please phone (925) 934-0901 to request a TeleCare call.
Join Acalanes High School families and the Lafayette community in a Community Can’t Be Canceled campaign highlighting how we can use this time apart to come together. Find out more about the Community Can't Be Canceled campaign on the Acalanes Parents Club website.
If you are 60+, the Lamorinda Spirit Van is providing delivery service from Lafayette essential businesses (including Lafayette restaurants) to help you secure items you need. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 925-283-3534 to let us know what you need picked up. Delivery is free. If you would like lunches from the C.C. Café, call 925-283-3534 by Friday for a next Wednesday delivery of seven meals, milk, fruit cups, and bread – all for $21.
Visit Lafayette Recreation’s Virtual Community Center to find fun, education, recreation, and resources for all ages. Virtual recreation classes are being offered for kids, adults, and seniors utilizing Zoom! Classes include apple mobile basics, yoga, chess, hip-hop, & more! The Senior Services Department is offering one-on-one support to members to get them set up with Zoom. With summer just around the corner, we hope to be able to open when guidelines allow. In the meantime, view our Summer Rec Guide and use our wish-list feature at www.lafayetterec.org to remember your favorites! Registration opens May 4, 2020.
For the latest coronavirus information, including resources for Lafayette residents and businesses, please visit City’s Covid-19 Webpage at http://bit.ly/LafayetteCoronavirusInfo.