How you can help during a time of crisis

As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community continues to develop, we are actively working on trying to stop the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, and reducing activities here on campus. Here is a list of updates to keep you informed:

  • As of Friday, March 20th, all Day Programs have been suspended until March 27th. Both digital and printed notices have been provided to all participants and their caregivers. Services through our Residential Programs (including Supported Living) and our Supported Employment Program are still being provided at this time. We will continue to update you on any changes made as we heed recommendations from the CDC as well as state and local officials.
  • Only essential visitors and vendors are allowed on PARC’s campus. Each individual is screened using an approved visitor questionnaire provided by state officials. All non-essential visitors will be turned away.
  • The Tampa Bay Blues Festival has been cancelled for 2020. We are so grateful for the loyal volunteers who assist PARC each year at The Tampa Bay Blues Festival and we look forward to next year’s event in 2021.
  • PARC’s Kickball Tournament has been postponed to abide with local mandates to limit large group activity for the next 8 weeks. The rescheduled date is still yet to be determined.
  • In addition, PARC’s Ozona Roots ‘Rock the Arts’ Festival has been postponed, originally taking place April 18th. The rescheduled date is still yet to be determined.

As city mandates continue to evolve, we are learning many local businesses have limited their daily operations severely to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. In an effort to help keep these businesses afloat, were creating a “Thank You” campaign to highlight how they’ve helped PARC in numerous ways and how you are able to support them during this time. Partnerships with local businesses are essential to non-profits, and PARC has been lucky enough to build some incredible relationships with businesses all over the Tampa Bay area.

Our funders have taken extraordinary actions to help mitigate any challenges we should encounter, and we are so grateful to our partnerships with The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, The Florida ARF, The Agency for Healthcare Administration and The Juvenile Welfare Board.

What can you do to help:

Unfortunately we’re starting to see the financial implications the coronavirus will have on our organization and our employees. During times of crisis, PARC seeks financial contributions from our community to support any budgetary shortfalls we may experience. We ask you to please consider making a monetary donation, large or small, to help us continue providing life-enriching services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sound your voice to tell the world that Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) are essential to ensuring the health and safety of the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities they support, especially during a global health pandemic:

  • Tweet Governor Ron DeSantis outlining ways our DSP’s can be supported. Here is a sample tweet: Direct Support Professionals provide essential care to people with disabilities during #COVID19. Please take action to declare: #DSPsAreEssential
  • Share an example on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of what you do and/or who relies on your support using hashtag #DSPsAreEssential.
  • Send a message to your members of Congress urging them to prioritize funding for I/DD services — including funding to strengthen the direct support workforce — as they consider stimulus packages in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Work with leadership in your organization to customize these templates for documents that give credibility to your claims that your work is essential if you live somewhere that has ordered a “Stay Home” or “Shelter in Place” ordinance.

We’re navigating through challenging times, but together we’ll get through it. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this crisis. We will continue to update you with any new information we have.

Materials to Download:

COVID-19 Information by and for individuals with I/DD

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