Covid-19 Response Message
Since COVID-19 has flipped reality upside down, the High Rocks has been working to quickly respond to the needs of our students, our families, our partners, and our communities. Our goal is to maintain a balance of three: first, maintaining our core mission and focus, second, learning to work and deliver programs in a whole new way involving teleworking and social distancing, and third, responding to the unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak in our communities.
So what’s different? From helping college students relocate mid-semester, to supporting our grassroots partners in finding and meeting community needs, we are listening and responding. We are working with our AmeriCorps partners across the state to help them in these times of need. Since the outbreak began to affect our communities directly, High Rocks has had to make an extraordinary pivot to focus on our food access programs and our AmeriCorps members and partners on the front lines of food access for children, families, and seniors across the state. We can see a food access and food insecurity crisis already rising around our ears.
We have ramped up our hot dinner program at the High Rocks Hub Café to days with over 100 free dinners to students and $5 dinners to the community, and are proceeding with seed orders and production planning for our market gardens. We have been keeping all of our essential services open – those related to food access and food production. They are more needed than ever, demand is high, and the future is uncertain. Our team is providing individual mentoring and support to all our middle, high school, and college students – keeping an eye on all our folks from slightly afar. We are thinking outside of the box and being creative about ways to provide college prep and Zoom dance parties.
We hope to have camp this summer, and are still accepting camp applications and planning for camp. While we are continuing to plan, we will make the decision about proceeding with summer camps when we have more information. We don’t know how long this coronavirus will last, but we will continue to follow all public health protocols. Our students’ safety, health, and happiness is our top priority.
As a leader of a grassroots community organization that stands at the intersection of many community support initiatives, I’ve been connecting resources and people across our communities and our state. Over and over again, the High Rocks team and our many community allies have been rising to the challenge. We couldn’t be more proud to be in business with all of you.