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Covid-19 Grant

The GNCA applied for and was awarded a grant from The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood fund to assist members of our community who may be experiencing food insecurity or other unexpected expenses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to reach and support the most number of people possible, we are limiting each one-time request to $50.

If you have a greater need, please contact us directly. Please seek out resources in your direct communities for additional support and be on the lookout for more opportunities for support coming from GNCA over the course of the next few months.

To apply for support from the grant, please submit your information on the Google Form listed below.

https://forms.gle/P75LwmQXiF4mWfscA

(Please note, the form will be available and accepting requests long as funds are available during the grant period.)

GNCA QUARTERLY MEETING – June 2020

Due to COVID-19, we are changing our quarterly meeting to a virtual meeting.

Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 126 222 6050
Password: 9UfqSv (983778 from phones and video systems)
https://holycovenant.my.webex.com/holycovenant.my/j.php?MTID=mbe29346aad0d29fea1a49343266d5ecc

Join by video system
Dial 1262226050@holycovenant.my.webex.com
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone
+1-510-338-9438 USA Toll
Access code: 126 222 6050

Food Insecure?

If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, you can apply for SNAP.  Click here if you want to check if you are eligible.  To apply online, click here.  May and June funds will be the max amount allowed due to the pandemic.

The city has also added food box pick ups.  Click here to see all of the pick up sites.

If you are unable to pick up food, you can call 211 and request a food box delivery.

VIRTUAL TOWNHALL- “FOOD ACCESS: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE & EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEM”

We would like to invite you to have a conversation with Senator Washington around food access, creating a sustainable, and equitable food system, this Thursday, May 7th @6pm.  The Senator will be joined by a panel of guests to discuss various food initiatives and challenges around the district.  Among the panelist will be Director Holly Freishtat from the Baltimore City Planning Department who will be available to address any questions or concerns members may have around food access in the city.  There will be a 30 minute question and answer period around this subject matter.

Please join us and register at:
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Contact Tracing Opportunities in Maryland

Contact Tracing is already underway statewide through the efforts of our local health departments. To supplement that effort, the Maryland Department of Health has entered into a contract with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), which is the nation’s oldest and largest university-based firm operated by the University of Chicago with corporate offices in Bethesda, MD. 
 
Under this agreement, Maryland will be able to significantly ramp up our case investigation capacity up to 1,000 new cases per day. NORC and our local health departments will be using a state-of-the-art contact tracing platform called ‘COVID Link,” which will assist in collecting information about people who test positive for COVID-19 and any individuals they have come in contact with. This innovative platform, developed through a collaboration with MDH and the Maryland Department of Information Technology, will utilize medical data from the Chesapeake Regional Information Center for Patients, or CRISP. 
 
NORC is now recruiting for Contact Tracers in Maryland. Individuals with the following qualifications are invited to apply at this link: https://careers.norc.org/en-us/job/495613/contact-tracer
 
Qualifications for Contact Tracers include:  
 
  • We need people who can be empathetic and caring while also being able to work quickly and maintain quality standards.
  • For those without direct experience in the field, we have found that teachers, real estate agents, and some sales/customer service jobs have skills which translate to data collection positions.
  • This work does offer a chance to work from home, but people will need to be willing to work set shifts (4-6 hours at a time) and have a quiet space in their homes.
  • Individuals should have their own computer and access to high speed Internet
  • A college degree is preferred, but it is not required.  Having a good comfort level with technology is more important