As of March 16, 2020, the city of Dallas proclaimed the city is officially in a local state of disaster. Mayor Eric Johnson, along with other community leaders, addressed the measures and precautions the city would enact in an attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic affecting communities worldwide. The closing of many businesses, bars, gyms, restaurants and the indefinite closure of Dallas ISD are some of the measures that will be enforced to further implement social distancing. Because businesses are losing money, many members of our community have been and will be forced to lay off workers or require them to work from home.
During these times, we know impoverished communities will be hit to an extreme detriment. With COVID-19 now being transmitted communally, low-income communities and individuals experiencing homelessness will be adversely affected. We are aware of the lack of access to many resources and are observing how this will impact parents and children relying on services and programs, including recreational centers, libraries and various after school activities.
The current conditions are projected to last at least two months. As of now, approximately 155,000 students in Dallas ISD are being displaced from their primary campuses. Concurrently, many parents are now being sent home from work without pay and/or advised to file for unemployment.
As we have committed to serving our community, The Next Generation Action Network Foundation is in position to help foster the health and safety of our neighbors in the Dallas area. In this time of crisis, we have to make decisions in the interest of everyone in our community, especially the most vulnerable. As many people in our community are impacted by COVID-19, we want to focus specifically on the populations that may otherwise be underserved. Strategically, our efforts will be directed towards, but is not limited to:
Students experiencing homelessness
Senior citizens living on fixed incomes
Parents facing unemployment
Children learning at home
Adults experiencing chronic homelessness
On a case-by-case basis, we will be providing health and wellness kits including items recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Some of these may include food items and essential toiletries. We aim to get as many of these out as possible.
We want to stress the importance of getting these resources to individuals and families who are in the direst need and ask people please be mindful this is not for individuals who intend to obtain a surplus of items.
If you, or a loved one, can benefit from this please contact us at the following, or fill out the link below:
Phone: 800-521-8220 ext 1
Next Generation Action Network Foundation Tax ID: 81-2565213
Note: All donations are tax deductible under section 501c3 IRS tax code.