Checkbox-571: #1, #4, #5, #6
Legal-name: Community Partners
Previous-name: The Long Beach Time Exchange (LBTE)
Address: 425 Atlantic Avenue
City: Long Beach
Officer: Micaela Salatino, Director
ContactName: Micaela Salatino
GrantPurpose: To scale up the production and distribution of reusable face masks for vulnerable populations such as medical workers and patients, essential workers such as elderly caretakers, farmers, and food providers, and those with auto-immune disorders or other underlying factors putting them greater at risk.
Periodoftime: Two months
Audienceserved: Low income, unemployed, homeless, essential workers, elderly, disabled, children, and small business
Demoofaudience: The majority have been elderly, low income, and people of color but we do not have exact numbers due to the sudden need and rushed nature of the situation. We have helped large groups of people at a time which also makes it difficult to determine.
Numberofserved: Approximately 2070 (within the two month period and in addition to the 900 we have already served).
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : In response to the current coronavirus-related face mask shortage, we immediately shifted our resources towards meeting the needs of the community in that regard. The LBTE is deeply connected to partner organizations throughout the city and serves as a hub for community engagement and participation. We used our online database of 1000 members to assemble a collective of makers and other volunteers to determine best practices for producing the reusable face masks and got started on production. Since March 23rd we have produced 200 to 300 masks per week, for a total of 900 masks and counting! The number of makers has also increased with each week and our output continues to increase. We will continue to secure materials and get them to the makers for production and to facilitate the deliveries of masks to those in need.
We have been coordinating with the non-profit organizations in our current network to specifically help senior citizens and their caretakers, as well as medical workers and other essential workers, medical patients, people experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable communities on the front line. One of our key partners has been the MHA Village downtown; we have provided them with masks for both their workers and their clients without homes.
To serve older adults, we have worked closely with local nonprofit organization Heart of Ida and with one of our members, Gretchen Swanson, a representative of the Rose Park Neighborhood Association. We have been able to help a continually growing list of seniors and their caretakers across the city. We have also partnered with the Urban Community Outreach and with Tracy Ames, President of Zaferia Neighborhood to provide masks for volunteers at their respective senior buildings, as we have also done with St. Matthews Church for volunteers using their office at this time to provide mental health calls to seniors.
Various individual and organizational members of the LBTE have also connected us with medical workers and patients across the city on the frontline. Community organizer Elsa Mai Tung connected us to Dr. Katie who lives in Wrigley but works a clinic on skid row in Los Angeles and member Graham Martin connected us to the two locations for the College Medical Center. Diane Huwalt found us through social media, we have now donated dozens of masks to protect chemotherapy treatments that have to brave the hospital at this time. Through a partnership with member Kelli Johnston, we have also supplied masks to Harbor Area Farmers Markets across the city for both the farmers and the other workers.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: Using our network of resources to help with sanitation measures, we are committed to supplying at risk populations such as essential workers, people experiencing homelessness, and the elderly with face masks produced and delivered through a collective community effort that also builds camaraderie and good will.
Director Salatino and her team will meet the volunteers where they are as there are several pathways for getting involved. Some volunteers are simply donating materials and some are also pre-cutting fabrics so they are ready to be sewn, in which case the team led by Salatino will advise them on the pattern. Some are sewing the masks and have their own fabric sources and will receive training from Salatino’s team on the proper pattern, others need fabric but are still willing to sew, in which case Salatino will coordinate the donation and delivery of materials. Salatino, with assistance from other key members, Ofelia Rivera, Michaela Quinby, and Nova Israel and community partner We Love Long Beach, has spent extensive time researching and developing best practices mindful of the evolution of scientific information offered. With the grant money, we will also be able to synthesize the information learned and create marketing materials to help educate the public. In service to the public and the greater good, this information regarding patterns and materials for masks, how to care for the mask, and filtration options will be able to be even more widely and freely shared with the public. We will be able to provide filters instead of requiring people to find their own. We will be able to streamline our training program for new makers as well as the logistics of transporting materials to makers and finished products to those in need.
In the ten years since its founding, the LBTE has created a diverse network of neighbors helping neighbors to meet their needs, develop meaningful connections and relationships, learn new skills, and contribute to a thriving “sharing economy.” The benefits of participating in a program that builds a sharing economy are many – interpersonal, financial, environmental. We will also continue to utilize this time to incorporate new people into the Long Beach Time Exchange to further help them avoid financial burdens and otherwise add to their quality of life in the midst of this pandemic.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : College Medical Center (medical workers and patients)
Harbor Memorial (medical workers and patients)
Heart of Ida (senior services)
MHA Village (Mental Health America – resources for homeless community)
Individual members of the Long Beach Time Exchange and their families
Individuals contacting us for assistance via social media (Facebook, Instagram, NextDoor, or #LBCmakers) or through one of our members
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: N/A
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : N/A