p:ear's COVID-19 Statement & How to Help
Thank you for supporting our gala, p:ear blossoms “My Sheltering Sky - in place,” p:ear’s first Virtual Gala in support of our mission of creatively mentoring homeless youth. We were thrilled to see so many of our p:ear community members join us for this landmark event, and are happy to announce that we raised close to $400K, surpassing our goal!
p:ear stands in solidarity with the Black community and all communities of color. We see your pain, your beauty, your grace and mighty courage; we hear your weariness and anger; and we feel your demands for justice. We commit to working harder in the struggle to eliminate the violence of systemic and racial oppression...
In the week leading up to our Virtual Gala (Friday, 6/19), we are hosting an ONLINE AUCTION.
This online auction includes our favorite no-hassle packages: from the board-procured "Booze and Wine" package, to a trip to our favorite town in France, Chateâu Neuf-Du-Pape (extended expiration date - you have 2.5 years to book!), to an incredible painting by local, noir-fave artist, Bennet Norrbo, and much more! The auction is open from June 15th - June 19th.
Continue reading for details on how to participate...
Belonging creates us. We simply cannot thrive unless we are in community. Everyone wants to be seen. To be seen as valuable, worthy, capable. Human connection brings complex value to our lives and it’s inside the crucible of these relationships that our character is forged: that we learn what it means to be human, fallible, hopeful and courageous.
The strength of the p:ear community is mighty and essential to many of our lives. In conflict with our aim of creating space for youth to rest, heal, experience joy and grow together - and with sadness and disappointment - we have decided to adjust our programs over the next few weeks to support the wellbeing of the whole p:ear community. We remain committed to doing our very best to ensure that p:ear continues to be a compassionate, safe and reliable resource to our students during this challenging time.
Safe Space & Workshops
The program will remain open Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for "out the door" sack lunches and services only. We plan to continue providing IDs, rent and utility assistance, safety and medical supplies, food, clothing, tents, and sleeping bags as available. While workshops, classes and recreational activities will be temporarily suspended, all other supports are available by appointment.
p:ear Works Programs
Our p:ear Works Social Entreprise Businesses - p:ear’s Coffee Works, Art Works and Bike Works - will close temporarily. Please contact Nate at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
The p:ear community is strong because of you - your support and compassion make incredible things happen here every day. We do not make the decision to close or suspend programs easily. Please know we are working closely with public health officials, collaborating with community partners, and checking in with our youth, staff, and volunteers on how we can do our part to promote health and wellbeing in our community. We are flexible and nimble and will adjust as the need determines.
Want to Help?
1. Donate items that allow us to continue providing supplies to the many youth who depend on us:
- Fruit & juice boxes
- Gloves & face masks
- High Quality Sandwich Meats
- Peanut butter & jams
- Hygiene supplies
- Disposable napkins
- Reusable water bottles
- Sanitizers & cleaners
- Sleeping Bags
- Vitamins (gummies preferred)
2. Sign up for p:ear Core to help us continue to serve our youth with strength and fortitude.
Our youth remind us daily that, during uncertain and stressful times, our greatest strength lies in our ability to love, trust and provide hope to each other. Thank you for your generosity, thoughtfulness, patience and resilience. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can help care for our youth and support our programs over the next few weeks.