California Child Support Services Helps Communities Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic has spared no one, disrupting the economic, medical, financial, education, and government sectors. The downstream impacts are felt throughout California, including places of work, schools, neighborhoods, and local businesses, as many have been forced to close while residents follow stay-at-home orders.

Employees of California Child Support Services are proactively helping neighboring communities and quickly responding to those in need, such as the elderly, hospitals, and local restaurants.

Some of the places ordered to close are churches and places of worship, such as the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims Islamic Center, one of the largest mosques in Northern California that draws attendance from many areas in the north state whose Muslim populations are too small for their own places of worship. Before Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims that began on April 23, an Information Technology Specialist at headquarters donated his technical expertise, working tirelessly to help the Islamic Center set up the capability to livestream Ramadan services so the faithful could participate virtually.

A challenge facing hospitals and healthcare workers is the constant shortage of protective face masks and gowns, impacting doctors and nurses trying to care for patients with COVID-19.  Several individuals from the Technology Services Division spent hours sewing dozens of masks, dropping them off at hospitals so doctors and healthcare workers can continue saving lives during this critical time. One creative analyst from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs donated leggings to healthcare workers so that they could easily change their scrubs in hallways and in public while remaining fully clothed.

Other divisions at California Child Support Services also responded quickly. An attorney from Intergovernmental Services loaned a webcam to a teacher so that her students could get the most value and education out of their online lessons as possible. The same attorney also waived rent to tenants renting commercial office space to help them survive this downturn.

Although COVID-19 has shuttered many industries, taken many lives, and caused global turbulence, it has also resulted in many individuals selflessly helping communities and neighbors, generating kindness and support around the world. Employees from California Child Support Services are pleased to join in, continuing to lend their time and resources to help their communities get through this unprecedented crisis.

For information on how to help, visit California Volunteers: https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/.