Calls to Action
Here are some important ways you can stay engaged!
1. Urge the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to proactively address the spike in the number of Covid cases in our county and the economic toll this pandemic is taking on our community.
Last spring, we asked our commissioners to mandate masks--and they refused, doubting the science behind mask-wearing. This summer, the BOCC was asked to contribute to a program to protect renters at risk of eviction, and they turned down that request. Recently, the BOCC had the opportunity to initiate a Promotoras public health program for Spanish-speakers at zero cost to the county--and they rejected this opportunity.
We need to tell our Commissioners that it’s time for them to get creative and find some ways to TAKE ACTION to help our community. Some possibilities include:
Provide grants and/or loans to small businesses.
Provide financial assistance to businesses to have their HVAC systems checked and purchase air purifiers.
Initiate an informational campaign to provide businesses with the latest research about how to prevent the spread of COVID inside buildings.
Work with the local Chambers to create a campaign to encourage community members to shop local and enjoy take-out dinners.
Develop a program similar to Mesa's 5-Star program to help consumers feel safe going into businesses.
Create a COVID Task Force including representatives from a broad spectrum of our community--business-owners, employees, public health/medical professionals, local government officials, non-profit leaders, and members of the Latino community--to work together to generate a plan which would address the economic, social, and mental/physical health impacts of the pandemic on our community.
Our Commissioners need to hear from us! Share your ideas at the next Board of County Commissioners Meeting. Register HERE.
2. Make an impact on the Senate run-off elections in Georgia
We’re less than 7 weeks away from the critical runoff elections for the
two US Senate seats in Georgia. Here are some ways you can help:
DONATE to the New Georgia Project founded by Stacy Abrams or
Black Voters Matter, two social justice organizations working to turn
out the vote in Georgia. Or donate directly to the candidates’ campaigns:
WRITE POSTCARDS to encourage Georgians to register to vote: Blue Wave
WRITE LETTERS to voters in Georgia: Vote Forward
MAKE PHONE CALLS to Georgia voters: Indivisible
3. Volunteer with the Family Visitor Programs
The Family Visitor Programs helps out parents from Parachute to Aspen. They are currently in dire need of volunteers as they work to address the increased needs of families due to Covid. Here are two critical volunteer needs (volunteers would work virtually or over the phone):
- Bilingual volunteers are needed to help Spanish-speaking clients fill out applications for SNAP, Emergency Assistance, Child Support, etc..
Volunteers are needed to help tutor school-age children who are struggling with online learning.
For more info or to volunteer, please contact:
Sandy Swanson, BSN, RN, Executive Director, Family Visitor Programs
firstname.lastname@example.org 970-379-4162 (cell) working from home
Please share your ideas with us about how the GarCo Dems can continue to
stay engaged with our community and move our county forward.
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