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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #2

03/27/2020

View Edition #1 here

In this Edition:

Message from the Commissioner
Updates & Important information
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER:

Don’t Forget to Complete your Census Survey!

We must get a complete count on the census. Our political representation and our resources depend on it! Please, respond to your survey. Count everyone in your household no matter how young or how old. Remind friends and family to respond. Here is more Census 2020 info:

Take care, stay well and wash you hands frequently -- Jim Collie

UPDATES & IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Reminder:

Following directives from the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County has now closed a majority of its facilities until further notice.

Law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel, 911 dispatch, and the Metropolitan Detention Center (no in-person visitation) will continue to work as normal.

The county is asking all residents to be aware of their surroundings and others near them. Please adhere to the six-foot rule and stay at home except as needed for grocery shopping, medical assistance and exercise. Limit group contact to five or less people.

For a complete list of BernCo operations and closures, please go to www.bernco.gov/coronavirus

County Clerk

The office is staffing the phones and is taking requests for absentee ballots for the primary. You can also make the request online. The requests are being accepted now. To vote in the primary, you need to be registered with a party holding a primary. Voters can still register in a party or change their part registration until Tuesday, May 5, 2020. For more information, please go to the County Clerk's website.

Contact Information

Find centralized information on COVID-19 at NewMexico.gov

This website offers information and links concerning these topics and more:

  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico
  • COVID-19 symptoms and testing guidelines
  • Prevention methods that all New Mexicans should be practicing during this Public Health Emergency
  • Press and public information releases from the Governor’s office and the state government concerning COVID-19
  • NM Department of Health orders and guidelines concerning COVID-19

Important Telephone Numbers

  • The Coronavirus Health Hotline (1-855-600-3453) for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and for those New Mexicans with medical questions concerning COVID-19
  • The Coronavirus Information Hotline (1-833-551-0518) for those experiencing with questions about available resources for those whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • The Senior and Disabled Adults Food Access Hotline (1-800-432-2080) for those Seniors and Disabled Adults in need of food assistance during this emergency.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

Assistance from BernCo

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) along with local businesses and community members are collecting food items to create and distribute boxes of food to families in need. BCSO has also joined forces with the BernCo Fire Department, Emergency Management Department and Team Rubicon to deliver additional care packages to senior centers, homeless individuals, and anyone else in need in the community.

For food assistance or to donate, please call 505-331-9378 or 505-377-6566. Both numbers are open daily between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message, if the line is busy.

BernCo is serving ‘grab-and-go’ breakfasts and lunches at the following locations:

Parents drive-up to the community center with their children in the vehicle and center staff give a breakfast and lunch for each child in the vehicle. All families with children are welcome.

BernCo's Department of Behavioral Health Services and the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) have partnered to get much-needed supplies and food to housebound seniors and disabled people. ALTSD launched a hotline 1-800-432-2080 for seniors, people with a disability, or their family members to request assistance with groceries, supplies or meals. Leave a message with a name, telephone number, and the city/town the caller resides. Callers will be contacted within two hours, if not sooner.

Donated supplies, such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pasta and other grains, oatmeal, canned goods, and baby formula and diapers, are being accepted at the South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To volunteer, please email ALTSD-Volunteers@state.nm.us, and identify in the subject line ‘Ready to Help’ along with a city/town and phone number.

PNM Resources Foundation

PNM Resources Foundation is offering a $200,000 Community Safety grant opportunity to qualifying 501c3s, with preference given to organizations that implemented COVID-19 response programs for the community's most at-risk senior population.

Funding will range from $10,000 to $50,000 awards. This grant cycle begins on March 25th and ends on April 2nd at midnight. Please share this information and encourage your local nonprofits to apply for this community safety grant.

Additionally, PNM is partnering with the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the United Way of Central New Mexico and donated $10,000 to a growing Emergency Action Fund which offers short-term funding to support qualified organizations impacted by COVID-19. For more information or to apply, please visit the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

PITCH IN: New Mexico’s Social Enterprise Challenge

Do you have an innovative idea to help address the immediate and long-term economic impacts of COVID-19 in our community? If so, we want to hear from you.

Hosted by Bernalillo County, Nusenda Credit Union, UNM Innovation Academy and the Sandia Labs' Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3), this competition provides an opportunity for anyone in the state to pitch their ideas for a chance to win cash prizes from a prize pool of $10,000 and receive follow-on support from economic development professionals.

Please visit PITCH IN for more information.

Applications are due by April 1, 2020.

Contact the Pitch In team at pitchinprizecompetition@gmail.com with any questions.

Community Supported Agricultural (CSA)

In many parts of the United States, farmers’ markets have been shut down. Here in NM, farmers and market managers worked with the Governor’s office to ensure the markets are open and are considered essential food sources along with grocery stores. The markets will open as scheduled and vendors will be limited to farmers only.

Many farmers are joining together to form Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) businesses and opening local food stores. These CSA businesses will provide customers weekly access to fresh local food via home delivery or pick-up.

You can learn more about CSAs and local farm shops in your area at: https://www.ediblenm.com/support-local-guide

You can find your local farmers’ market and more information about openings at: https://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market

Important Community Resources from Albuquerque City Government

Please click on this link to learn more about city resources: City of Albuquerque

Visit Albuquerque Business & Event Updates

Visit Albuquerque is tracking business and event updates and sharing them with the community as we receive notifications.

Please see the following pages for more information:

We will make daily updates to these pages to ensure they are as comprehensive as possible. We also invite our Partners to submit additional information for inclusion on our lists.

A GOOD READ, LOOK & LISTEN:

Take a virtual tour of Albuquerque’s murals, at https://murosabq.com

NPR, Curated Selections from The New Normal

By Jill Hudson & Suette Lohmeyer

Ever wonder what the world would look like deserted? Photographer Noah Kalina’s webcam screenshot of the Trevi Fountain — usually packed to the brim with locals and tourists — is completely empty. It is just one of the many places he highlights on Twitter.

Historian John M. Barry talks to David Remnick about the Spanish flu of 1918 (The New Yorker).


Today’s three-minute escape pod is brought to you by the great Nancy Wilson. Her peerless rendition of Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You" is Auntie Nancy at the height of her powers: VOCAL! CONTROL!, beautiful pitch and a killer black dress.

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