In the wake of Covid-19, the National City Chamber Foundation rises to support workforce development and economic resiliency services. Community investment partners are invited to work with the National City Chamber Foundation to combat South Bay’s skyrocketing unemployment rates, food insecurity, educational and learning gaps, and business decline. Proceeds will benefit the South Bay Job Fair, career readiness programs and business assistance. Contributions are 100% tax deductible. Your participation will enable us to move forward on these critical services that offer hope and opportunity for South Bay residents and business owners.
Planned activities include:
· 3rd Virtual South Bay Job Fair
· Connecting 5,000 residents to unemployment and workforce development resources
· I’m Ready Career Readiness Program for Youth Ages 18-24 years old
· Food Distribution
· Business Technical Assistance to access capital, marketing resources, and free consulting
We wholeheartedly thank you for supporting us in the past and ask that you consider re-allocating your planned investment to our newly developed National City Chamber Foundation, a 501 c(3) organization. The foundation was formed at an opportune time to enable us to pivot and respond to the exacerbated challenges affecting National City, and the south San Diego region.
In partnership, we can work toward stabilizing our community and respond to these pressing issues:
· 35% unemployment rate in National City, which is among the highest in the county of San Diego. A recent SANDAG report finds that when compared to the white population, Black and Latino populations are more than four times as likely to live in areas that have been impacted by COVID-19 and unemployment. More than two-thirds of the region's Black (67%) and Latino (70%) populations reside in ZIP codes with higher than average unemployment rates. Source: https://www.sandag.org/uploads/publicationid/publicationid_4679_27578.pdf
· Increased demand for child care services, but insufficient availability of service providers in the most impacted communities. San Diego Workforce Partnership reported in January that San Diego was in the midst of a child care crisis and found that San Diego region child care is hard to find, hard to afford, often inconvenient and of varying quality. Pre-COVID they reported a gap of 190,000 between the number of available licensed child care slots in the region and the number of children who need care because all of their parents work. The burden of reopening without addressing schools and child care will fall hardest on moms, furthering the inequality. Source: https://childcare.workforce.org/
· National City and Chula Vista have experience the highest rates of Covid-19 at 3,277 and 1,009 cases, respectively, as of July 23, 2020. Approximately half of Black (52%) and Latino (49%) residents live in ZIP codes with higher than average COVID-19 cases. Source: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/COVID-19 City of Residence_MAP.pdf
· Minority owned businesses are hardest hit with revenue declines and staff reductions. San Diego Regional EDC reports that more than 90 percent of minority owned businesses have seen their revenue decline, with most experiencing steep revenue declines of 81 to 100 percent. Source: https://www.sandiegobusiness.org/blog/covid-19-survey-results-anticipated-impacts-become-reality-minority-owned-businesses-hit-hard-and-workspace-changes-will-continue/
· Food Insecurity has increased due to unprecedented unemployment rates. National City is a food desert with limited access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate nourishment. One in 5 persons was deemed food insecure in 2017. Covid-19 has undoubtedly spiked that rate. While 43% of low-income African Americans experience food insecurity, it impacts 42% of low-income Latinos, 39% of low-income Whites, and 33% of low-income Asians. Source: https://www.sandiegohungercoalition.org/research
Thank you for understanding and for your commitment to providing local businesses and residents with access to opportunity and economic resiliency.
With our sincere appreciation,
Jacqueline Reynoso, CEO Angelica Carrillo, Board Chairwoman
National City Chamber Foundation National City Chamber of Commerce