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NCAAT's response to the current public health crisis
NCAAT’s mission is to support equity and justice for all by fostering community among AAPIs and allies in North Carolina. And we recognize that a very important part of that is the health and well-being of our community members.
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NCAAT wants to make sure our communities are taking care of themselves — physically and mentally — and taking precautions to protect those around them by practicing CDC-recommended habits like washing hands often and avoiding unnecessary physical contact.
On our part, NCAAT has decided to postpone all of our public in-person events indefinitely.
But that doesn’t mean that we won’t be engaging our communities or advocating for equitable access and representation in government and beyond.
Far from it, this will be an opportunity for us to reach beyond our physical boundaries. We’re in the process of moving our trainings, outreach, and events to a virtual format in lieu of in-person events.
It is more crucial than ever to make sure our community voices are heard and not left out of the public discourse. Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities to help us get in touch with community members who will not have the opportunity for in-person contact for a while.
In the meantime, please be safe and take care. We’ve gathered a collection of resources and ways to help our communities below.
— The NCAAT team
Ways to Help Your Community
We recommend following all CDC and NCDHHS guidelines on social distancing, especially if you are above 65 years old, immunocompromised, or feel sick. Only if you are safely able to and within compliance of local restrictions, consider doing the following:
- Volunteer with a food bank, church, or school food distribution program.
- Volunteer as a health care worker with the State Medical Response System.
- Donate masks, disinfectants, and gloves to local hospitals in need. UNC and Wake Med have put out a request for public donations.
You can also do the following while at home or from a safe location while practicing social distancing:
- Make a financial contribution to an existing organization that has ties to their local communities (see links in “Other Resources” section below)
Health and Other Official Information
Currently, the most accurate and up-to-date sources of information for coronavirus related updates are the Center for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. Please use these as your primary source of information, as recommendations are changing daily on a national and state level.
Center for Disease Control
- How to Protect Yourself
- What to Do If You Are Sick
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Guidance for Employers and Businesses
- 2019 新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)
- Phải làm gì nếu bạn nhiễm bệnh do vi rút corona 2019 (COVID-19)
- Additional factsheets in various languages
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Other North Carolina Department Resources
- Immigrant Access to Health Care and Benefits in Time of Emergency: Information from the NC Justice Center
List of Social Services in the Triangle — This is a list of services to include:
- School meal info for Orange, Durham, and Wake counties
- Financial Assistance Relief Funds
- Health Services
- Domestic Violence Shelters
- Homeless Shelters
- Mental Health Services
- Utilities Assistance
- Online Children’s Learning Resources
- Legal Resources
List of Asian-owned Small Businesses — This is a directory of Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses that are facing financial hardship from the closures. You can visit each business’s website to see whether you can support them by purchasing gift cards or order delivery online.
Online Educational Resources For K-12 — This website has links to online videos, quizzes and worksheets, and activities for teachers and students. Topics include: Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, English Second Language (ESL), Foreign Language, Art, Psychology, Special Education, etc.
Additional Community Resources
- Resource guides in South Asian languages from Equality Labs
- Translated Coronavirus Fact Sheets
- Kiran, Inc: Legal and crisis resources for South Asians facing domestic violence
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Support (including financial) for in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners. Also accepting donations.
- Carolinas Chinese American Civic Center fundraiser for buying medical supplies to donate
- WeDoctor Global Consultation and Prevention Center: Coronavirus FAQ handbook and online consultation with Chinese doctors
- Asian Focus NC’s Wake County COVID-19 Resource FB Group
- Managing Coronavirus Anxiety: Meditation recordings and articles about common anxieties during this time
- Durham Public Schools Foundation: meal assistance for families of Durham Public Schools. Also accepting donations.
Resources for students and youth
- ECAASU (East Coast Asian American Student Union) has compiled this comprehensive list of additional resources:
- JSTOR is free until June 2020
- GRE test update — You can now take the test from home
- By NC colleges and universities:
Taking Care of Yourself