On March 6, 2020, based on careful analysis of the pending public health crisis posed by COVID-19's arrival in the Bay Area, and with the support of our Board of Directors, our Interim Executive Director Sam Ames made the difficult decision to move all our work remotely and suspend in-person programming. It saddens us that our early caution turned out to be well-founded: months later the Bay Area and California remain under strict shelter-in-place orders, and we continue as a nation to struggle with the challenge of bringing the pandemic under control.
However: we also pivoted, as of early March, to do as much as we could to transfer our love and support of LGBTQ+ families to online formats. We're proud of what we've been able to manage, and continue to work on further ways to support and connect. Please check our calendar for what's on offer. And let us know what we can do to be of greater support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some resources we gathered, especially early on, to help provide guidance and trusted sources of information. Please let us know if you have something we should add: email@example.com.
- March 17, 2020: "Love in the Time of Corona"
- March 9, 2020: "What Events We're Holding Virtually (& How)"
- March 5, 2020: "Care & Caution During Coronavirus: Why OFC is Temporarily Going Virtual," a statement by Interim Executive Director Sam Ames on behalf of Our Family Coalition's Board of Directors and Leadership
- An OFC resource guide: "Community Care in the Time of Corona," March 25, 2020
- OFC blog post, February 28, 2020, on our hygiene protocols: "Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands"
- Centers for Disease Control Situation Summary
- San Francisco Department of Public Health Coronavirus info page
- Berkeley Public Health Division Coronavirus info page
- National LGBT Cancer Network: Coronavirus 2019: What LGBTQ+ People Need to Know
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Support for families during shelter-in-place period
- Over 30 virtual field trips
- Free coloring books from 113 museums
- Scholastic is releasing free daily “learn at home" courses for all grade levels
- Storyline Online has a free literacy program where famous actors read to kids, complete with an activity guide
- Home School Hideout has published a list of over 150 educational shows on Netflix
- Disney+ has released Frozen 2 three months ahead of schedule.
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Love in the Time of Corona
These are exceptional times. And we need to make an exceptional ask. Nearly two weeks ago, OFC became one of the first nonprofits in the Bay Area to undertake dramatic and immediate changes to much of our direct services work in response to COVID-19. Changes that we believed, and now know, demonstrated the greatest care […]
A dozen OFC Virtual Programs for March – & links to register
by Cheryl Lala, M.S., Director of Family Programs As many of you have read, we had to cancel or reschedule our in-person community events and support groups due to COVID-19-related precautions, acting on social distancing recommendations from the CDC. In this time of uncertainty, we know one thing: we need more connection instead of less. […]
OPEN LETTER ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITIES
Over 100 Organizations Sign On To Letter Outlining Added Risk As the spread of the novel coronavirus a.k.a. COVID-19 increases, many LGBTQ+ people are understandably concerned about how this virus may affect us and our communities. The undersigned want to remind all parties handling COVID-19 surveillance, response, treatment, and media coverage that LGBTQ+ communities are […]
What Events We’re Holding Virtually (and How)
Beginning this week we’re transitioning as much programming as is practicable over to “virtual” service delivery, through the end of March. What this means in real terms is that we’re going to offer as many support groups and informational workshops as we can using Google Hangouts – either as a phone line, or as a […]
Care & Caution During Coronavirus: Why OFC is Temporarily Going Virtual
by Sam Ames, Esq., JD, MTS Interim Executive Director on behalf of the OFC Board of Directors & Leadership The first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States not traceable to recent travel have been confirmed, and the Bay Area is emerging as one of the most affected regions. Many news outlets have been […]
Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands
By now many of us know that a case of Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has been confirmed in a Solano County resident who had not recently traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city in which it first appeared. As a result, many in the Bay Area have a heightened concern about “community transmission” of the virus. We […]