Aulder Family and Friends,
Over the past several weeks, COVID - 19 has had a dramatic impact on the livelihood of millions of families across the world. The disease has not only put many of our residents at medical risk, but it has also had a substantial economic impact on their day to day lives. In all of the communities where we own real estate, schools have been closed for the foreseeable future putting meal distribution programs to children at risk. Local government and school districts are working with organizations to provide food and set up distance learning, but this is a huge undertaking as hundreds of families struggle with the immediate impacts including loss of jobs, food security, and child care and schools. As community partners, we want to support the ongoing efforts to provide for our residents while long term plans are made and put into action.
The Aulder/ZPM Social Impact Committee and our employees on-site have been able to provide $2,800 worth of food to supplement the lost breakfast and lunches and $700 worth of activity books and crayons to keep the kids busy while learning plans are drawn up. Many residents have accepted the gifts with tears in their eyes, one such resident said, "Thanks to the employees, I did not have to search for lunch for the great grand kids today. Thank you, thank you". We hope to continue supporting our residents and do everything in our power to mitigate the impact which this pandemic is having on the health and wellness of our communities.
But now, we are reaching out for your help to allow us to continue providing for our residents while the long term plans are implemented and especially ensuring the most vulnerable during this time (children and elderly) are being supported.
Please see below for a detailed description of how we plan on using the funds:
1) Distribution of healthy food to residents (including snacks, breakfast and lunch)
Specific food delivery and pick up times will be announced on a weekly basis, and all food will be distributed in a responsible manner.
2) Elderly resident check in / resource support
We plan on calling each of our elderly residents and asking them if they need any assistance or have specific goods or services which they need. Our onsite team will use resources available to provide the proper support. If you are interested in volunteering to call residents, please fill out this interest form: Link to Volunteer
3) Educational activities to be distributed to children (activity books, reading books, brain games, arts and crafts materials, etc.).
Many of our community’s children have little to do on a day to day basis - our goal is to provide them with educational activities which they can enjoy during this time of social distancing.
4) Supplement Technology / E Learning
The majority of schools have moved to an “E - Learning” platform but many of our residents do not have access to computers or tablets to participate. We hope to support these students with access to computers, tablets, and wifi to continue their studies in their homes.
More than half of American jobs are at risk, with limited income and the risk of food shortage, we want to assure we are doing everything we can to make a difference in our resident’s lives.
Every donation will be greatly appreciated.