Looking back at 2020
At the end of an extraordinarily tumultuous year, we look back with pride on the resilience of our community, and for the opportunities we have had to serve. Despite the immense challenges that Covid19 brought, community members rallied to keep going, and together to try and #stopthespread.
We at SACSS pivoted all of our programming to be online during the lockdown from March-June, and shifted our food pantry to delivery, bringing food security to the most vulnerable. June onward we resumed our on-site food pantry with curbside pick-up, and each week provide groceries for about 1,000 families.
Alongside, we have continued to adapt our other services including our seniors’ programs, and healthcare access. We even held our annual Summer Youth Leadership program — albeit virtually! Throughout, we have continued to educate and inform our community about Covid19.
Thanks to our partners at the New York Immigration Coalition and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, we were also able to funnel much-needed relief funds to 130 families who had no other source of income. One recipient said,“This money will help with some things that I cannot wait for – to get diapers and milk formula for my baby,” and immediately went to purchase such items.
As the 2020 election loomed, we conducted wide-scale outreach to help people register for the census, and encouraged those who could to vote, reaching over 100,000 people.
We could not have done all this without the resilience of our community, the collaboration of our partners, and the support of our generous donors. Thank you all!