Over the coming weeks and months, everyone in the San Joaquin Valley will continue to experience the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Yet, what we have learned over the past several weeks confirms that the health, economic, educational and social impacts will be felt most acutely by the most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them. This includes low-wage workers and their families, the under- and uninsured, the unemployed, immigrants, communities of color, non-English proficient, homeless, and small and emerging community-based organizations.
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF) – a community-led funder collaborative working across the nine counties of the region – is striving to quickly raise a minimum of $2.5 million in private and philanthropic contributions to provide support to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment have teamed up to seed the SJVHF COVID-19 Response Cluster with contributions of nearly $500,000.
The mission of the SJVHF COVID-19 Response Cluster is to ensure vulnerable families, individuals and the nonprofits serving them receive assistance for essential supplies, food, rent, utilities and other needs, including access to the services, programs and protections available under local, state and federal law.