KIDS KALEIDOSCOPE . . .
Emergency Child Care Initiative (ECCI) Provides Free Child Care Services for Health Care and other Essential Workers in Santa Barbara County
Frontline Employers Encouraged to Contact United Way of Santa Barbara County
The Emergency Child Care Initiative for Santa Barbara County (ECCI) will offer emergency no-cost child care services for critical health care providers, first-responders and essential food distribution employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Employers of these workers including hospitals and essential service providers whose staff need child care are encouraged to contact Eileen Monahan, Project Manager for the initiative, at (805) 451-8720 or email@example.com
In response to the urgent need to provide safe child care facilities for critical health care providers and essential food distribution employees in Santa Barbara County, several local philanthropic foundations have joined together to support this effort, led by Jane and Paul Orfalea/the Audacious Foundation and the Natalie Orfalea Foundation, with Lou Buglioli and be administered through United Way of Sant Barbara County.
It is imperative that we support those workers who are both protecting our health and providing what we need in terms of food and other vital items so we can stay at home,” said Steve Ortiz, President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “The only way we are going to get through this difficult time is if we can depend on doctors, nurses and other essential workers. With the current school year cancelled, the most pressing need of these front-line workers is child care,” said Ortiz.
“These kids are also very likely stressed and anxious about the health of their parents, families and themselves,” said Eileen Monahan, child care expert and project Manager on behalf of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “We need to ensure that not only are they safe and healthy but that they are also emotionally cared for, in this unsettling time,” said Monahan.
It is a priority of this initiative that children of these essential workers are cared for in safe facilities with attention to their health, wellbeing and social emotional needs during this crisis. Child care providers are especially trained for COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures which include appropriate distancing and sanitation.
In less than a week since the program began, child care services have been expanded for Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara , Lompoc Community Hospital in Lompoc , and Community Health Centers in Santa Maria.
Again, employers of essential business workers may contact Eileen Monahan to request child care support at (805) 451-8720 and the initiative email firstname.lastname@example.org , on behalf of the United Way of Santa Barbara County.
The Audacious Foundation and Natalie Orfalea Foundation invite other funders to join them in this critical, countywide effort. The Fund has begun with $500,000, but the needs are escalating quickly. Contributions can be directed to the United Way. If you would like to contribute toward the Emergency Child Care Fund, please contact Steve Ortiz, President & CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County at email@example.com.
To provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively supporting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may also donate to the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort, a partnership between the Santa Barbara Foundation, the United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Hutton Parker Foundation and other leaders in philanthropy. Please visit www.unitedwaysb.org for more information.
Giraffe Mom Gives Birth to 6-Foot Boy at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Mom Giraffe Adia and baby boy Twiga are doing fine at Santa Barbara Zoo.
Twiga is in the House!
Although the Santa Barbara Zoo may be closed to visitors right now, last week they welcomed their newest resident: a baby giraffe named Twiga.
The 6-foot giraffe calf was born on Friday to first-time mother Aida and eight-time father Michael, and although he’s just a couple days old, the calf already weighs 125.5 lbs.
A video documenting his first moments shows baby Twiga standing up on his legs for the first time, and snuggling with his mother.
“Both baby and mom, Adia, are doing well and bonding well” the zoo announced shortly after Twiga’s birth, alongside an adorable photo of the mother and son standing by each other’s sides.
SUZANNE GEIMER & SPECIAL ANGEL BAND CARE FOR KIDS
Musician Suzanne Geimer & daughter Kelly Geimer-Lance have a CD that appeals to parents and kids who have and are struggling with 'growing up" issues. Their CD is filled with their songs on family life and love.
Their Book "Some Day It Will Matter" has been an inspirtion to hundreds of parents and kids in distress. Their music appeals to adults and kids and has been the source of help to children they have visited for many years at homes like Children of the Night in Los Angeles. For a copy of the book or CD visit:www.special-angel.com