p:ear's COVID-19 Statement & How to Help
There are many ways you can "Help from Home" during this critical time. In her statement, our Executive Director details how p:ear is adapting to continue serving youth while providing out-the-door services. Continue reading to learn more about how you can support these efforts...
If you’d like to mentor, cook, or help out at p:ear fill out the volunteer application to register for the next volunteer training (date TBD). We will follow up with you when it is safe to open volunteer trainings again.
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.