As Park City—like much of the rest of the globe—finds itself in uncertain Coronavirus Territory, many of the town's service workers and locals living at (or near) the poverty line, find themselves in a precarious situation. Here are some ways to help vulnerable Parkites, some resources for those seeking help, and links to up-to-date information for all of us.
"We anticipate the most significant two needs that we can help alleviate are: Food and Basic Needs Assistance," explains the non-profit's executive director Rob Harter via email. "In light of layoffs and cutting back on hours, with the resorts closing, restaurants cutting way back, our Basic Needs Assistance will take the form of helping people pay a month of rent, help pay a utility bill, a medical bill, a power bill..." Already, individuals whose hours have been cut are reaching out to CCPC and an on-staff social worker is assessing how best to help each case via the basic needs assistance fund. On the food pantry front, more than 100 families have already signed up for the non-profit's Food Service via on an appointment/one-family-at-a-time process.
How best to help?
Rather than dropping off food donations (and creating exposure points), financial support of CCPC's basic assistance fund and food pantry is preferred at this time. That way, the staff can buy items in bulk to distribute through the organization's two food pantries, and steer funds toward the biggest needs, such as paying rent or bills. The online donations page
allows folks to choose to support either the Food Pantry
or the Basic Needs Assistance
Taking an umbrella approach, PCCF's Community Response Fund supports health and human services nonprofits in greater Park City that are handling cases related to the impact of COVID-19. In other words, this fund is designed to help ensure that basic needs—food, housing, and healthcare—are being met. It offers flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak, such as residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color. The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, and the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures. parkcitycf.org/communityresponsefund
Nonprofits already receiving some support through this program:
People’s Health Clinic to help support staff to manage patient flow at the door and supplies like masks, wipes, hand sanitizer, shoe covers, disposable gowns being used at a higher rate.
Eats Park City to help support their Backpack program through which they purchase food for Summit County children (families likely impacted by loss of income) to have over the weekend. Normally they purchase enough for 350 recipients and that is now moving to 800.
Christian Center of Park City to help support key programs, including their Food Pantry and Basic Needs Assistance program.
Restaurant Gift Card Fundraiser for Service Workers
Although eateries and bars are currently closed for dine-in service, one restaurant group is raising funds for local service workers by selling gift cards. Diversified Bars and Restaurants (DBR) will donate the proceeds of all gift card sales to its service staff family. Gift cards to DBR-owned establishments in Park City can be purchased online at No Name Saloon/The Annex, Butcher’s Chop House & Bar, and Boneyard Saloon/Wine Dive.
*Of note: You can still support local eateries as many local restaurants are offering take-out service. Call and prepay for a quick pick-up.
Resources for Information and Assistance
For COVID-19 testing information, or if you suspect you have the Coronavirus, call or connect via the internet with one of the following entities rather than going into a clinic or hospital (if possible):
Utah Information Line: 800-456-7707
U of U Health: 801-213-2874
Continuing through school dismissal (currently planned through March 27), PCSD is offering Grab & Go Breakfast (cereal, hand fruit and milk) & Lunch Bags (deli or sunbutter sandwich chips, hand fruit and milk) to PCSD students during weekdays. Parents/guardians can pick up meals at Ecker Hill Middle or Treasure Mountain Junior High between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. weekdays and pick up one lunch and one breakfast for each student. Homeschooling packets and resources are available on the school and district websites, during the temporary closure.