I was in the meeting last week when we decided we would be the first public school in our county to close due to COVID-19. My immediate thought was, what about those students who come to school to eat? I immediately contacted Tess Arthur to help figure out what we were going to do for these students. A few years ago I co-created This Club Saves Lives and last year we turned the club into a nonprofit. We are so lucky to have that nonprofit status so that we could immediately solicit cash donations and food donations to help these families immediately. In one week we have done two deliveries to families in need in our community. Every day the needs change. Currently we plan on doing a weekly delivery to these outlying communities. In the Big Sur area, many employees have been laid off for two months. They are in need of food and we will bring it to them for as long as we need to. So far we’ve had very generous community support. I know not every community in our county is as lucky. Thank you so much to our generous community and the outstanding support we’ve received from local businesses and the Carmel Unified School District.
We’ve paused our Amazon list. Please consider a monetary donation. Please donate through Venmo, PayPal or Facebook. Links below.
Food bank donation
Facebook Page (you can make a direct donation here) – just click the donate button on the right side of the page! (no fees)
Carmel High School hosted the first WE Day X – Carmel High School in March. Schools from around Monterey County, including CMS, PGMS, Monterey HS, Santa Cruz HS, and Mount Madonna, attended a day of speakers, inspiration, and action planning. The attendees were treated to performances from the CHS Singers/Songwriters, presentations from CHS graduates Clementine Chamberlain and Connor Cohan, and speakers from the WE organization. Connor Cohan organizes a yearly fundraiser called Eat To Defeat ALS, and Clementine is the creator of Tampon Tuesday, an initiative to educate and prevent period poverty. The attendees also learned about the importance of the census and how to get involved to make sure everyone gets counted this year. The day continued with workshops and action planning with WE facilitators as well as our own district staff leading workshops on the environment, technology, social justice, athletic leadership, and more. The event was sponsored by This Club Saves Lives and was supported by the Carmel High School and CMS leadership classes, link leaders, service clubs, and the CHS athletic council.
WE Day applications are due January 31. Application is available HERE.
There is a new Girl Up group meeting at the Monterey Public Library.