November 29, 2020
One way to help your neighbors on Giving Tuesday (that’s tomorrow!) is through the Beach Cities Health District COVID-19 Fund, which provides funds for area residents who are income-qualified and may need assistance with getting essential items like groceries, household supplies, prescriptions or even paying the rent.
Begun in April, the fund was established to help residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic either through illness, closures or a job loss. Since March, more than $28,000 has been raised to assist Beach Cities residents, but more help is needed.
“This year, because of COVID-19, people are in need of a higher level of care than was expected to keep people safe in their homes,” said Melissa Andrizzi-Sobel, Director of Community Services for BCHD. “The COVID-19 Assistance Fund is helping residents in addition to our typical caseload of homebound older adults with groceries, household supplies, rent and transportation to their doctor’s office.”
“This fund has helped BCHD take a holistic approach to helping the community and expand our safety net to the community for those who have been financially impacted, “ said Andrizzi-Sobel. We were recently able to help a family where both parents have been laid off and they needed help with money for rent.”
Contributions to the BCHD COVID-19 Assistance fund are tax-deductible and can be made online at https://www.bchd.org/covidhowhelp.
Residents wishing to submit donations by check can mail those to Beach Cities COVID-19 Fund, 1200 Del Amo Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.