Your community needs you! If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, consider enrolling in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training to learn how to provide emergency assistance to your family, neighbors, and co-workers in a disaster. There are currently about 180 active CERT members in Alameda, but with a population close to 80,000, Alameda could use more trained CERT volunteers.
Basic CERT Training is a hybrid of Zoom meetings and in-person, hands-on skills training offered by the Alameda Fire Department. The training is open to Alameda residents and employees of Alameda businesses. Sign up to be notified of the next Basic CERT Training at Alameda CERT. For more information, call 510-337-2129, or email [email protected].
Shining a light in the darkness
The Alameda Warming Shelter once again opened its doors at Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) on December 15, providing overnight accommodations, showers, clean clothes, meals, and supportive services for those experiencing homelessness. Community volunteers provide meals, while Episcopal Community Services, with 40 years of experience in San Francisco, offers professional assistance to Warming Shelter guests.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Twin Towers United Methodist Church join CEC in hosting the Warming Shelter, which will operate until early March 2024. The three churches also plan to raise $60,000 to supplement City funding for the Warming Shelter’s operating costs. To contribute or volunteer at the Warming Shelter, please visit the Christ Episcopal Church website and select “Homeless Ministries.”
Help families start new lives
Do you remember what it was like to furnish your first apartment? Building Futures helps locate safe, stable housing for families rebuilding their lives after experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, but most of their clients have few personal items with which to furnish a new home. You can help by contributing to the Building Futures “Move-In Kit campaign,” which focuses on providing 12 essential items for the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. If you’d like to help cover all or part of the $360 cost, visit the Move-In Kit page on the Building Futures website. Your generosity will help make a house a home.
Protect yourself and others
You may know someone who has recently been tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, COVID-19 cases are on the rise nationwide, including here in Alameda County. COVID-19 poses a risk of severe disease for those over 65 years old, and persons with underlying health conditions, including pregnancy. And anyone who gets COVID-19 can develop Long COVID. That’s why the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) urges everyone ages six months and older to get vaccinated for COVID-19—and flu—this winter. It’s also important to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations because new variants are constantly emerging. Vaccinations are available at Alameda pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, and Safeway. Schedule yours today.
Doctors also urge everyone to take sensible precautions in order to stay healthy: Wear a high-quality mask when indoors in public, and if you’re feeling sick stay home and test for COVID-19. Visit the Alameda County Health Services COVID-19 web page for more information.
Happy 2024, Alameda! Stay Healthy and Alameda Strong!
Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is the Mayor of the City of Alameda. Reach her at [email protected].
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