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Casa Romantica Opened Gardens to Public on Friday, May 22

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning Southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, opened their gardens to the public on Friday, May 22, in accordance with social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the state of California.

Amy Behrens, the executive director, explained that gardens like Casa Romantica's are indispensable to community healing, offering much-needed places for respite with nature and inspiration. "We look forward to welcoming guests back to our beautiful setting where they can enjoy self-care or family time among our springtime blooms and ocean vistas."

San Clemente is a popular Southern California seaside community. Casa Romantica's gardens, with cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean and pier, have traditionally been a 'must-see' for tourists during the summer months. Casa Romantica is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and American Horticultural Society. Its gardens include several different themes, such as herbs, succulents, native plants, and a registered Monarch Waystation Butterfly Garden.

At this time only the gardens will be open, and the house remains closed for the safety of our guests. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 40 visitors per hour, with a maximum of 20 guests at any one time on Casa Romantica's 2.5-acre property to ensure safe social distancing.

Complimentary take home maps are available at the front entrance so that visitors may take self-guided tours through Casa Romantica's seaside gardens. The one-way route includes marked hand sanitizer stations. The complete course includes some stairs, but a modified route is fully accessible for visitors with special mobility needs.

The suggested donation for admission is $5, and self-service and/or non-touch methods of donation by card or cash are available at the front entrance. All proceeds support the 501(c)(3) nonprofit's preservation and programs.

While subject to current government health and safety guidelines, Casa Romantica anticipates re-opening its historic home later this summer and resuming its award-winning programming onsite for the 20-21 season. The upcoming season includes both onsite and remote modalities for participation, enabling the nonprofit to fulfill its mission for people of all ages in a manner that fits each individual's needs.

For those visiting the gardens in the coming days, masks and personal hand sanitizer will be available for purchase at the front entrance. Visit casaromantica.org for a complete listing of protocols to protect our staff and guests before visiting the gardens.

Learn more at: https://www.casaromantica.org/

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Pacific Ocean.

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‘Ultimate Tag’: A Spinal CSF Leak Survivor Chases His Limits

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is pleased to announce that former patient and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania stuntman Zac Gordon will be featured in the recurring role of "Horse," a Professional Tagger on the new FOX show "Ultimate Tag," premiering May 20 at 9 p.m./8 central.

To celebrate his appearance, Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is featuring an interview with Zac Gordon about his seven-year battle with a painful spinal CSF leak that left him bedridden; his recovery process after the surgery that cured him; and what it was like filming the show.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE: https://spinalcsfleak.org/ultimate-tag-spinal-csf-leak-survivor-chases-limits/

A spinal CSF leak occurs when there is a tear or hole in the dura mater-the tough membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord, which are bathed in cerebrospinal fluid-allowing cerebrospinal fluid to leak out. When this defect in the dura mater occurs along the spine, it is called a spinal CSF leak. The intracranial hypotension that can result from this - a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the skull is lower than normal - often causes debilitating pain, neurological difficulties, and renders patients bedridden, as their ability to be upright is severely limited.

Intracranial hypotension due to spinal CSF leak is an important and under-diagnosed cause of new onset headache that is treatable and curable in many cases - with the correct diagnosis.

In talking with the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation, Zac characterized his time on "Ultimate Tag" as a "dream job," and the most fun he's ever had, saying that pushing himself that hard physically was "the kind of thing I never thought I would have an opportunity to do again" after enduring seven years of pain due to his spinal CSF leak.

He did worry about reinjuring himself again, but says that "when it was all said and done, I came out with bumps, bruises, and even a broken hand-but not a single spinal CSF leak symptom."

Now he is back in the gym he runs, a parkour and "ninja warrior" training facility called Urban Playground in Harrisburg PA, and is grateful for the information and help he received from the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation during the years he was suffering. "Simply put, if it wasn't for the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation, I might be still looking for what was wrong with me, and ultimately still leaking."

Finally, his message to fellow spinal CSF leak sufferers who may be watching him on "Ultimate Tag" is a positive one: "Know your body, educate yourself, put in the work, and never stop believing. YOU GOT THIS!"

About the Spinal CSF Leak Foundation

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the suffering of persons affected by intracranial hypotension or spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak. We strive to raise awareness, to educate medical professionals and laypersons, and to stimulate and fund research such that persons affected by intracranial hypotension or spinal CSF leak will experience shorter diagnostic delays, receive more timely and appropriate diagnostic testing and treatments, and have better long-term outcomes.

To learn more, please visit https://spinalcsfleak.org/.

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California Bluegrass Association Announces Turn Your Radio OnLINE webcast series

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The California Bluegrass Association (CBA) has announced the launch of Turn Your Radio OnLINE, a webcast series starting Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, and continuing each Saturday through June 20. This new online music event is inspired by the CBA's annual Father's Day Festival, held in Grass Valley, California, since 1975.

The lineup includes nationally known and popular California bands performing online from their "shelter in place" locations and broadcast over the web to bluegrass fans worldwide. Performers featured in the series include Tim O'Brien, Laurie Lewis, Molly Tuttle, Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Joe Newberry & April Verch, and many more.

The webcasts will be accompanied by an online auction to raise funds for the CBA's newly announced COVID Artist Relief Fund. Items being auctioned include fine acoustic instruments, books, music lessons, historic bluegrass memorabilia, and items of interest from popular musicians.

Turn Your Radio OnLINE will also feature live interviews, online interaction, and more, connecting with the energy of California's thriving bluegrass scene. Watch for our expanded show on June 20.

"Bluegrass and Old-Time music have always been about people gathering together," according to Theresa Gooding, president of the CBA. "We approached this project with a sense of urgency to create a new infrastructure and fun content, in order to connect our community and support our talented musicians."

Geoff Sargent, CBA chairman, added: "Artists' livelihoods have been devastated. The CBA membership has mobilized to help raise money for these amazing bands, creating this exciting series of live performances to reach an even broader audience."

The Performance Schedule and info about the Auction can be found at https://www.turnyourradio.online/

About the California Bluegrass Association:

The California Bluegrass Association is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1974, and dedicated to preserving and promoting Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, Traditional Instrumental and Vocal Music of the United States. The CBA is one of the oldest and largest Bluegrass Associations in the world with over 2,700 members and produces events throughout the year including the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, music camp and jamming campouts. The CBA is devoted to encouraging and supporting the next generation of bluegrass fans, pickers, and professionals with pioneering programs such as our Youth Academy and Kids on Bluegrass. Please visit us at https://www.cbaweb.org/ and become a CBA member to help support our mission.

Current updates can be found at https://www.turnyourradio.online/

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Move For Hunger and North American Van Lines Renew Partnership

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, and northAmerican(R) Van Lines announced today that they have renewed their partnership to reduce food waste and fight hunger in the United States. Since 2011, northAmerican's 76 participating agents have rescued nearly 440,000 lbs. of food and have provided more than 365,000 meals to people who are facing hunger.

As members of the Move For Hunger network, northAmerican agents educate their customers about the issues of hunger and food waste and encourage them to donate their unopened, non-perishable food items on moving day. Then, the moving companies volunteer to deliver the donations to a local food bank or pantry at no additional cost.

northAmerican Van Lines agents also provide Move For Hunger with additional support by organizing food drives and by volunteering to rescue food from large events, like marathons.

"northAmerican Van Lines has been our partner for 9 years, but their support has never been more critical than it is right now," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "Food banks and pantries are facing an unprecedented demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are so grateful that northAmerican Van Lines remains committed to helping us fight hunger nationwide."

"Food insecurity has been a national issue for years, and is rapidly becoming a crisis," said Kevin Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of North American Van Lines, Inc. "Our agent network has proudly supported Move For Hunger's mission for nearly a decade and we are honored to help keep local food banks stocked as the need for food donations rises drastically due to these unprecedented times."

To date, Move For Hunger's network of more than 1,000 moving companies, more than 1,500 multi-family apartment communities, and many of the world's leading relocation management companies has collected and delivered more than 17 million pounds of food - providing nearly 14 million meals - to food banks and pantries across the United States and Canada..

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.

For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit http://www.moveforhunger.org/.

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The Santa Fe Group Awards Emeritus Status to Founding Member, Elects Three New Board Members and Appoints New Senior Scholar

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Santa Fe Group (SFG), a not-for-profit, action-oriented think tank with a passion for improving lives through oral health, announced today the new emeritus status of one of its founding members, the election of three new board members, and the appointment of a new Senior Scholar, all esteemed healthcare leaders in their fields.

They are:
* Emeritus Member: Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California (USC) and Founding Member of the Santa Fe Group
* New Board Member: Kathryn A. Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H., Professor of Public Health and Community Dentistry, University of California at Los Angeles
* New Board Member: Judith Haber, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing, New York University
* New Board Member: Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., Dean Emeritus and Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
* New Senior Scholar: Dianne Rekow, Professor and Executive Dean Emeritus of King's College London Dental Institute; Former Professor of Orthodontics, Chair of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, and Senior Vice Provost of Engineering Technology at New York University

"We are thrilled to provide emeritus status to one of our founding members and warmly welcome our newest board members and new senior scholar," said Santa Fe Group President Steven W. Kess. "They bring tremendous expertise, talent and energy in key areas that are vital to our future impact as a change maker for oral health, and thereby the overall health, of all Americans. We are very fortunate to have them by our side to expand our role in the oral health landscape and beyond."

About the Santa Fe Group

The Santa Fe Group is a 501(c)(3), action-oriented think tank with a passion to improve lives through oral health. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Santa Fe Group has been instrumental as a neutral convener, communicator, connector and catalyst to move the needle on critical issues such as oral cancer, dental education reform, children's oral health, improved primary care access, the importance of linking medical and dental health systems, and most recently, expanding oral healthcare for our nation's seniors.

Learn more: http://santafegroup.org/ and @SantaFeGroupOrg.

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David and Laura Merage Foundation Donates 500 Toy Boxes to Children of Healthcare Workers

DENVER, Colo. -- The David and Laura Merage Foundation launched the Merage Mini Heroes project to bring joy to the children of courageous frontline healthcare workers who are putting in extraordinarily long hours away from their families. Working in partnership with Timbuk Toys and several other local businesses, the foundation created 500 age-appropriate toy boxes that were gifted to parents at St. Joseph's Hospital and Denver Health.

"Our intention is to spark a bit of joy with these toys, and quite simply show these little ones how grateful we are that they are sharing their families with Coloradans in need," stated Sue Renner, Vice President of Philanthropy at the David and Laura Merage Foundation.

In honor of National Nurses Week, the foundation team delivered 500 boxes to the medical and non-medical staff at the two local hospitals. The hospitals then distributed these boxes for staff to pick up, noting the delight that their staff and the children showed when receiving these boxes.

"The Merage Little Heroes project is a humongous success! It is generating lots of excitement and overwhelming joy, and we are so thankful that David, Laura and their organization provided us with this act of kindness," responded Jamie Smith, CEO at St. Joseph Hospital.

This initiative exemplifies the deep commitment that David and Laura Merage have for early childhood education. In addition to Merage Mini Heroes, the David and Laura Merage Foundation has launched two nationwide programs focused on increasing high-quality care and education, Early Learning Ventures (ELV) and CareForAllChildren. Since its founding in 2008, ELV has impacted over 41,000 children and served 550 childcare programs around the U.S.

The CareForAllChildren campaign is paving the way for working parents and advocates to call on presidential candidates to address the childcare crisis. Each of these initiatives aims at supporting our youngest learners, families, and another set of heroes, childcare providers.

The Merage Mini Heroes initiative is unique in providing the opportunity to lift the spirts of our brave parents and their children during this challenging time. If additional hospitals and foundations are looking to participate or expand the current giving program, please contact Catharina Hughey, Operations Specialist, chughey@merage.org.

Learn more: https://www.merage.org/

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Bitcoin Scam is Targeting Hispanic Communities in Maryland

BALTIMORE, Md. -- AARP Maryland is warning of a new scheme targeting Maryland's Hispanic/Latino communities. A fraudulent Bitcoin website is targeting and enticing new investors with the false hope of financial gain, combined with threats to report those with undocumented status.

"This week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline received four reports that a fraudulent Bitcoin scheme is targeting a list of Spanish speaking people, many of whom are connected to each other through a religious or social group," said AARP State President Hank Greenberg. "Once contacted, the victims were misled to believe that their money would be invested in Bitcoin and that they would be able to conveniently track their growing returns on the web every day."

Greenberg continued that the scammers convinced the victims that Bitcoin itself was a regulated currency so that they would be more confident in their investment. "The opportunity to track continuing and increasing investment returns enticed some to invest even more of their hard-earned dollars."

Subsequently, the victims told the Fraud Watch Network, the scammers threatened to report their targets to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding their undocumented status, if they attempted to back out of the investment. Although the victims in the four reported cases are documented, they raised concern about how many people have continued to invest out of fear of deportation.

AARP Maryland and the AARP Fraud Watch Network warn that there might be hundreds of people entrapped by this scam and the number may be growing in a Ponzi-type arrangement that incentivizes people to recruit additional investors.

"Every year, thousands of Americans are affected by fraud and scams," said Greenberg. "But help is available. Sign up for biweekly Watchdog Alerts at http://www.fraudwatchnetwork.org to have news on the latest scams delivered right to your inbox. And, please report any scams you come across to the AARP Fraud Watch Network toll-free at 877-908-3360. Translators are available to assist."

Learn more about AARP Maryland at: https://states.aarp.org/maryland/aarp-maryland-contact-information

MEDIA CONTACT
Nancy Carr
443-787-5382
ncarr@aarp.org

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Sacramento SPCA – Giving More Than Shelter – Need for lifesaving work is surging during COVID-19 crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA announced today that demand for its COVID-related services is surging in May despite an anticipated decrease based on federal stimulus and unemployment payments to Sacramento area residents. The increase in need comes at a time when the organization is preparing to expand programs, including adoptions, as part of the area's re-opening plans.

"Instead of seeing a decrease as people's financial stability was bolstered by the stimulus plans, we are actually seeing a dramatic increase in need for our community's animals so far this month," said Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine.

"The amount of free pet food being distributed at our twice-weekly drive-through panty is up 50% in the past two weeks, the number of animals we have placed foster homes has increased 84% since the lockdown was put in place, and the number of calls for people who need help with a sick or injured stray has continued to rise," said Altine.

While the Sacramento SPCA had to adjust their operations due to mandates surrounding COVID-19 in late March, the shelter continues to provide lifesaving care and support to animals at the shelter, hundreds of more animals in foster homes and those still arriving at their doors in crisis.

"As the only shelter in the region offering pet owners a place to take their beloved animals when they have nowhere else to turn; regardless of age, breed, health condition or behavior - closing our doors completely was never a consideration," said Altine. "From March 20 to April 30, the Sacramento SPCA took in 164 animals in crisis and treated more than 20 animals requiring emergency medical care."

Animals like Miss Chonk, who arrived to the Sacramento SPCA as a stray with pyometra, a serious and life-threatening infection. She also had a skin and ear infections as well as problems with her eyes. The shelter's medical team jumped into action to help the sweet girl - she received an emergency spay surgery and medication for her skin, ears and eyes and is now on her way to recovery.

When the shelter in place orders were first issued, the shelter teams worked diligently to find temporary foster homes for as many animals in the shelter as possible so they could focus on the urgent and emergent needs of the community, including animals requiring emergency medical attention.

The shelter reached out to recruit foster families just days before the County order to stay home was issued and in a matter of days, 800 community members volunteered to help. Since March 19, more than 260 animals have been placed in foster homes.

A positive side effect of people being at home is that many of the families fostering animals for the Sacramento SPCA have bonded closely with the animals and expressed interest in adopting. As of May 1, more than 40 animals have been adopted or are in the process of adoption by their foster families.

Because the shelter recognized that many of the people who use their low-cost vaccine clinic had animals at the beginning or half-way through a series of needed shots (canine influenza, distemper, parvo, etc.), they reached out to families and created a way for them to come in for the vital vaccinations while protecting their health and the health of the shelter staff. As a result, more than 500 vaccinations were administered to 376 animals (including booster vaccines for 263 puppies under seven months of age).

In addition to adapting their current programs, the Sacramento SPCA also launched a free pet food pantry to help keep pets and their people stay together and support those who could no longer afford to buy pet food. The twice-weekly drive-through #PAWPantry takes place at the Sacramento SPCA located at 6201 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday. As of May 1, more than 900 families have visited the pantry and received more than 12,000 pounds of free pet food.

"As we watched the flood of layoffs wash over our region, we laid the plans for a drive-through pet food distribution to ensure that no one had to contemplate surrendering a pet because they couldn't afford or access food," said Altine. "This resource has been a lifeline for pet owners who weren't sure how they would buy food for their pets, especially as many are still waiting for income assistance."

But what started as a temporary relief program for area residents is now likely to become a long-term program at the Sacramento SPCA. "We thought the need would decrease as the stimulus packages came on line," said Altine, "but the opposite has happened."

Plans for Re-opening

While the Sacramento SPCA has had to restrict the number of people at the shelter, their lifesaving work has continued as an essential community organization. And with Governor Newsom's four-stage plan for how the state can ease stay at home restrictions in the coming months, the shelter is already planning to expand public access to programs in the coming weeks.

"Expanding access to lifesaving programs while maintaining the health and safety of the community and our staff is our highest priority," says Altine. "Our teams will be leaning heavily on technology to expand access through appointment-based processes for pet adoption, low-cost vaccinations, animal support and spay and neuter services."

How Can the Community Help

As the only full-service 100% non-profit animal shelter in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento SPCA relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support their work. They are local, independent, and do not receive funding from state or local government agencies.

With the Big Day of Giving on May 7, the Sacramento region's 24-hour giving campaign to support local nonprofits - the Sacramento SPCA is asking for monetary donations to ensure that they can continue to support animals and people whenever and however needed. Learn more: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/SacSPCA

Donations can be made online or by mail to: Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828.

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 128 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

Learn more and follow:
* https://www.sspca.org
* https://www.facebook.com/SacSPCA/
* https://www.instagram.com/sacramento_spca/
* https://www.twitter.com/SacramentoSPCA

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dawn Foster, Sacramento SPCA Marketing & Communications Director dfoster@sspca.org or (916) 802-0915.

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BHERC ‘Operation Love’ Set to Deliver Mother’s Day Sunday Meals and Essential Goods to Homeless Families in Washington, DC and Baltimore

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) continues its "Operation Love" outreach Saturday May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland targeting homeless families with "underlying" health and psychosocial conditions who have been extremely impacted by COVID 19 shelter in place mandates and need assistance.

This effort will provide A Mother's Day meal or grocery box with two weeks of food with healthy recipes, Laced with Love on how to prepare the meals and a gift basket of essential items for 500 families living shelters, special housing and homeless encampments. The program has reached over 2000 seniors and homeless individuals since the start of the pandemic. Some of the agencies will pick up the gift boxes from 3532 Massachusetts Ave NW, while others will be delivered directly to the shelter or encampment, a list of the agencies can be found below.

"Operation Love" meals and gift baskets are for homeless families living in the shelters or special housing programs including their children, and caregivers. As we begin to celebrate Nurses Week, "Year of the Nurse and Midwife," the Mother's Day dinner, grocery boxes and gift baskets are being donated in honor of Dr. Bernardine M. Lacey an extraordinary nurse leader. Dr. Bernardine Lacey, is credited with starting the movement to include care of the underserved in the nursing curriculum and she started the first nurse operated homeless clinic at the D Street Shelter, in Washington, D.C. Because of this movement, the profession is better prepared to care for the most vulnerable populations in the American society.

"This small showing of love is both a practical and a heartfelt demonstration of the importance of our most vulnerable populations. We want the homeless to know they have not been forgotten in the midst of our mandated and necessary physical distancing," states Sandra Evers-Manly, President of BHERC.

The gift basket includes feminine hygiene products, hard to find items such as: gloves, toilet paper, face masks, hand sanitizer and various other essential items. In addition, the children's book Raised by Mrs. Manly and her Ls, written by Ms. Sandra Evers-Manly and other toys will be given to the children. The meals and baskets will be prepared and delivered using City/State and CDC guidelines. Contributors to the gift baskets include the Living Legend Dr. Bernardine Lacey, Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, President All Health Care/Imani's, the National Black Nurses Association, Gwendylon Johnson, member Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority,

During this unprecedented time in our lives, the COVID19 worldwide health and humanitarian pandemic is redefining the very way we live our lives daily. In many instances, eclipsing the future of what daily work, education, entertainment and play will look like in the future for all of us. In addition to the need for essential supplies is the need for emotional support. "Operation Love delivers a strong message that you are not alone in these difficult times. We are with you!" says Evers-Manly.

At BHERC, this is the kind of action that has made the BHERC family, its friends and colleagues, unique as we demonstrate an enthusiastic abiding support and responsive manner when called upon over the years. BHERC encourages everyone that can to act.

"Let's remind the ones around us how much they matter. Encourage them to stay strong and steadfast," states Evers-Manly.

The BHERC family encourages everyone to consider supporting the vulnerable populations, You can:
* Contact a homeless shelter to check on their needs
* If shopping (do so under City/State and CDC guidelines), pick up an item or two for a homeless family or someone in need (practice social distancing)
* Donate or make mask for the shelter or isolated seniors
* Send an online order to someone in need

In addition to the focus on homeless, the BHERC Operation Love is focused on distributing masks to seniors and supporting the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Last week the BHERC president made a contribution to the NBNA to create a special fund to support nurses on the front-line battling COVID19 and to curate an online instructional program for Nurses to Help Nurses. The NBNA donation will also provide 1000 masks for NBNA nurses and provide support for their distribution of masks, meals, nursing education, and culturally sensitive health education materials where chapters are located across the country.

"Each and every one of us must reach out in a safe way to make sure vulnerable populations have someone to talk to, have medications and have enough food to eat during these difficult times," expressed Dr. Martha A. Dawson, President of the National Black Nurses Association. "We are pleased to partner with Ms. Sandra Evers-Manly during these challenging times."

Everyone can all join in the fight by making just a quick phone call or sending a simple text message. Keeping each other positive and reminding your neighbors and loved ones that even in our isolation, we are not alone. #BHERCStrongTogether

Operation Love Organizations

House of Ruth Provides safe and stable housing to women, children and families in the DC area who have experienced homelessness and abuse. Twenty-five hot meals will be delivered Saturday May 9, 2020.

Hope House DC offers programs to prisoners and their families aimed at decreasing recidivism and keeping incarcerated men connected to the community. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that prisoners who remain in contact with their families while incarcerated have a lower recidivism rate.

New Endeavors by Women helps keep women in DC safe and healthy with housing and supportive services, including one-on-one case management.

Seniors Organized for Solutions NOW!!! Masks were delivered Friday May 1, 2020 to isolated seniors, many who have not been able to come outside since the shelter in place was implemented in Washington, DC.

DC Child and Family Services Agency Ten families living in a tent encampment.

The Family Recovery Program, Inc. (Baltimore) The Family Recovery Program serves parents ages 18 and over of Baltimore City children ages 0-10 who have been removed from their care for at least one night for reasons substantially related to substance abuse. The presenting child must have never been adjudicated Child in Need of Assistance. Substance Abuse Treatment Individuals will be referred to treatment services which may include: Individual and group counseling, Relapse prevention, Self-help groups, General health and nutrition education, parenting skills, and domestic violence education. According to families in her program are having a having a rough time getting food.

DC Department of Human Services.

According to Scott Sibley, Community Liaison Partner, Sponsor & Donor, "DC Human Services need 500 reusable masks targeting the needs DHS' served residents and staff. We will provide them with 200 reusable masks and 100 medical grade masks towards this effort."

About the BHERC

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Black images in film and television. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter & Instagram. Website: https://bherc.org/.

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The Only COVID-19 Initiative that Brings Self-Care to Frontliners While in Action

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- On National Nurses Day, the Sufi Psychology Association ("SPA"), through its "Caring for Our Caregivers" COVID-19 initiative, will provide direct access to hours of self-care and meditation programs to help bring solace to healthcare professionals fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic. The tablets that carry these much needed programs will be donated to hospitals across eight states including California and Illinois.

The Caring for Our Caregivers initiative gives these frontline heroes access to stress relieving techniques. The program donates disposable headsets and tablets, pre-loaded with meditation, visualization, deep breathing, and other stress reducing videos to hospitals so that healthcare professionals can access the tools they need during these trying times. Currently, the program has an extensive and growing waitlist of hospitals. Therefore, they are asking for donations of tablets and/or disposable headsets to help facilitate the demand.

The initiative was started because, "Burnout is a serious problem. It affects you physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. It was already on the rise for healthcare workers pre-COVID and these workers are known for putting others first and their own needs last (if at all)," says Sufi Psychology Association founder, Dr. Lynn Wilcox. "Now, as they are working tirelessly to protect us, the Sufi Psychology Association wants to make sure they have the tools to take care of themselves as well, and aren't left drained and with a slew of other issues post-COVID."

The Sufi Psychology Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that focuses on utilizing the principles of Sufism in Psychology.

For more information, please visit https://www.caring4ourcaregivers.org/

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