A New Approach
Unusual times call for creative and loving solutions. Milpitas Cares has served our community well each year with a two-and-a-half-week blitz in the spring when we reach out and assist the schools, city, and community service groups with projects that meet their particular needs. This is a different time and the needs are different, so we are going to get creative to meet the needs of the day.
Each of the service groups in our community report both ongoing and specific projects that will unfold as the COVID recovery progresses. Some we’ve already started to respond to: online after school programs and tutoring for the children in our schools and food distribution to families in need. Some we’d like to respond to such as the planting and nurturing of an herb and vegetable garden at the Milpitas Food Pantry. Others will unfold as the recovery continues such as help preparing our schools for reopening.
Your Safety / Our Concern
We’re also doing this in ways that maximize your safety. There will be service opportunities where people can participate from their home. Using the pod concept, we have opportunities where you can participate with others in your household, or as a group that you already interact with at work or in some other similar setting. We’ll also have some that require larger groups where we’ll maximize safety through masks, social distancing, sanitation, non-overlapping shifts, and do projects outdoors as much as possible. So, there will be something for everybody and you’ll know ahead of time exactly what to expect.
You Get To Choose
We’re going to have the initial service opportunities on the Milpitas Cares website by April 11th. Because we will have other opportunities pop up over the course of the year, we’ll be sending periodic email updates. We’ll also share and celebrate what we have accomplished together. Please subscribe to these notifications using the button below.
Community Leaders React
The response we have gotten from the community has been fantastic. Mayor Rich Tran, Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, several school board members and principals, and directors of the many community groups we serve are all fans of this approach for this time. It meets the unique needs they have for this year. They are excited. We hope you are too.