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Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Ways to Stay Connected Despite Social Distancing

At the MAH community is at the heart of everything we do. As we witness the impact of COVID-19 unfold and see mandated social distancing within Santa Cruz County, we've rounded up a few ways for our community to continue to support one another.

This blog post will stay updated with ways we can all continue to feel connected and help our community get through this trying time even as we must physically distance ourselves.


If you are able-bodied and have the time or means to help here is a running list of ways to get involved in Santa Cruz County.

  • Volunteer to assemble or deliver shopping food for Grey Bears or Meals on Wheels.
  • Donate money (not canned goods) or volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Donate to the Local Response Fund. The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Local Response Fund has deployed $100K in disaster-related grant funds to local community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County. Learn more here.
  • Support your favorite nonprofit staff with unrestricted gifts. Arts organizations are facing loss of revenue from cancelled events; human services organizations will need to meet increased demand, health organizations may need overtime for staff, and safety nets will be stretched thin in the coming weeks.
  • Shop online. Check to see if your favorite local store has a website or are taking phone orders. Bookshop Santa Cruz is offering 99¢ shipping.
  • Buy gift cards to your favorite restaurant or local store to use when you can go out again.
  • Turn tickets into donations. If you’ve bought a ticket to a canceled arts performance, think about letting the arts organization or nonprofit keep your money as a donation.
  • Send a care package or call someone in quarantine, working in the health care system, or a friend in need of a happy surprise.

Social distancing is said to help signitifaclty reduce the transmission of COVID19. If you have recommendations, revisions, or new opportunities to add to this list please email us at info@santacruzmah.org.

Read more about the MAH & COVID-19 Updates here.

Basically, it is avoiding or limiting interactions with other people.

  • Stay home as much as practical, limit contact with people when outside the home, and avoid crowded spaces
  • Avoid hugging or kissing or shaking hands when greeting people who do not live with you or who do but returned from outside the house and have yet to wash their hands
  • Avoid gatherings where the space between people will be less than 3 feet
  • Avoid eating in restaurants, going to crowded bars, attending church services, commuting on public transportation during peak crowded hours
  • Wash hands after being outside of the house and before touching places in your home
  • Wash hand towels frequently or switch to disposable paper towels
  • Try to avoid touching your face when outside of the home

Please call the anonymous crisis line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays at 1-800-704-0900 (Mental Health Services) and/or SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline 24 hours at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 (Press 2 for Spanish).

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