Pat Beitel Joins “Grow Our Own”!

When Times get tough…the tough get gardening!

GYCC is reaching out to the Community to provide a sense of hope and a bit of control in these chaotic times. Together we can be prepared to thrive, no matter what comes next.

With the “Grow Our Own” Program we are working to increase the integrity of the local food chain, support Emergency Preparedness and provide a great way to meet new friends and make connections during quarantine!

This is Pat! Pat Beitel is a retired RN, MSN, WHNP with an absolute passion for community advocacy and public health. She believes that education is an equalizer and she jumped in at the chance to educate the public on emergency preparedness and food sustainability.

 

And this is Pat’s Straw Bale Garden!

Pat lives in the Mountains of Prescott and shares her lovely property with lots of wild life, including a family of deer. Normal in-ground gardening was not an option for Pat and her husband Gary, but she was excited to try out something new!

Straw Bale Gardening is a great opportunity for individuals, families and organizations to grow their own food and some to share with the Community.

  • Participants can choose to grow from one….to ten Straw Bales at their home or Organization.
  • GYCC will provide Education, Support and Networking with other Gardeners

After the Bales were delivered- Pat started the 10 day Conditioning Program where she added Nitrogen Fertilizer on specific days and soaked the bales daily. Here’s what that looks like:

After 10 days or so the Bales were ready to Plant!

But Pat wasn’t the only on excited about the Plants! A family of deer hungrily watched as she planted the beds. So here is Pat’s stylish solution to the local furry raiders.

 

Join GYCC and “Grow Our Own”!

Grow our Own” is a new approach to Gardening for the Community – It’s a Satellite, Grow your own Hay Bale Garden program Supporting Preparedness & Community Networking

  • Participants can choose to grow one…or ten Straw Bales at their home or Organization
  • GYCC will provide Education, Support & Networking to other gardens
  • Produce can be used for individuals or shared with the Community Network.

Hay Bales will provide gardening opportunity those who not capable of having a garden in their current living circumstances. This will be a pilot program to teach those who wish to learn about home gardening, and hopefully, with your help, provide starter kits to help them kick off their own personal gardens.

For more information or to start your own Straw Bale Garden Visit Us Here.

GYCC Gets Plants

WE HAVE PLANTS!

So after spending about 12 days Conditioning our Straw Bales, we eagerly awaited the chance to put in our “Plant Babies”.

The “Conditioning Phase” went pretty smoothly. Here’s the schedule we followed:

We just used regular, non-organic lawn fertilizer for the nitrogen this time and applied it as directed. Then we soaked them really well daily.

We eagerly watched the Bale Temperature on Days 13-15. We used our regular kitchen meat thermometer and just stuck it in the top of the bale

Because we got a bit of a late start, we decided to purchase plant starters, which are plants that have been commercially grown as opposed to starting our own from seeds. We were so excited that we purchased our Plant Babies a little too soon and had to keep them watered and shaded for a few days.

Here they are!

Now….we wait!

On Day 16 our Bales were still 125 degrees! It was so hard to wait!!

Finally, on Day 17 the Temperature dropped below 100 Degrees and we were able to give our Plant Babies a new home!

Here it is in all it’s Straw Bale Glory!

Join us next time as we check out our Satellite Garden at Pat Beidel’s House!

 

Molly Freibott is the Co Founder of GYCC. She has a passion for organizing, managing programs supporting the Community and Faith Based Programs, especially those for under supported populations.

Grow Your Own – Our First Garden!

GYCC’S “GROW OUR OWN” PROJECT – Preparing to Thrive!

So we wanted to start a Garden….in a hurry?

8 Weeks of Quarantine… Grocery Stores Empty… Schools Closed… Businesses Shuttered…
How do we start re-opening and prepare for a future that is unsure?  We do what Humans have always done in both hard times and good ones… Garden!

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
Audrey Hepburn

“But,” you might be thinking, “I don’t have room, time, good soil, lots of money. . .”

Well neither did we!  So we decided to try Straw Bale Gardening.

Follow along as we here at GYCC give Straw Bale Gardening (SBG) a try!!!

Like a lot of residents in Yavapai County, our property is basically giant rocks surrounded by clay.  I spent literally weeks digging out regular “in ground” beds and hauling in soil.  It was a LOT of work!

Enter Joel Karston’s Book “Straw Bale Gardens” and the glowing reviews from a co worker who shared these gorgeous pics of her SBG.

The idea of a No-Dig, Weed-Free, Self-Watering Garden was sounding pretty good!

We had an area in our back “Yard” whose only qualifications for garden readiness were:

  • Relative levelness
  • Access to a hose
  • Well….that’s it…

Here it is Before- we did clear out the weeds:

The only prep we did was to lay down card board donated from Prescott Maytag Show Room.  Thanks Maytag!

We ordered our Straw Bales from Olsens Grain in Dewey They helped us make sure we got straw: the yellow stuff, not hay or alfalfa.  They will deliver your bales straight to your home and even unload them for about $20.  (Be sure you tip well!)

During the early days of the Pandemic & lock down Straw and Alfalfa flew off the shelves as ranchers and farmers stocked up. Just another reason to start now while supplies are more secure.

We had a wonderful Volunteer make 2 trips in a pick-up truck to deliver our bales. Then Nick, my son and GYCC Volunteer, wheel barrow-ed them back to the area.

Here are the Supplies we purchased:

  • 6 T Poles to put at the end of each row of Bales
  • 2 Soaker Hoses
  • Wire and Wire Cutters
  • The Fertilizer – just regular High Nitrogen Fertilizer without any pesticide.

We may only need one soaker hose- so we’ll see.  Keep your receipts!

Now the bales are ready to be “conditioned”. For the next 10 days Science will turn these bales into mini-growing-powerhouses!

Learn more about the “Grow Our Own” Program Here!

 

Molly Freibott is the Co Founder of GYCC. She has a passion for organizing, managing programs supporting the Community and Faith Based Programs, especially those for under supported populations.

Grow Your Own – A Local Gardening Program

In these uncertain times, we are seeing a need for hope. People are needing a sense of control in their lives, no matter how small. We as a Community need to be prepared to thrive, whatever comes next.

GYCC is excited to announce our “Grow Our Own” Program!

“Grow our Own” is a new approach to Gardening for the Community – It’s a Satellite, Grow your own Hay Bale Garden program Supporting Preparedness & Community Networking

  • Participants can choose to grow one…or ten Straw Bales at their home or Organization
  • GYCC will provide Education, Support & Networking to other gardens
  • Produce can be used for individuals or shared with the Community Network.

Hay Bales will provide gardening opportunity those who not capable of having a garden in their current living circumstances. This will be a pilot program to teach those who wish to learn about home gardening, and hopefully, with your help, provide starter kits to help them kick off their own personal gardens.

We hope to have Co-op type gatherings where members of the community can trade some of their produce for produce raised by others, so one person only need worry about one type of produce, not multiple.

Here’s how you can help!

  • We are looking for donations of garden items: Fertilizer, potting soil, starter plants
  • Cash donations will be used for acquiring hay bales, plants and garden supplies
  • Gift Cards will help participants buy the needed plants and supplies

We are hoping that our new program will be that ray of hope in our Community and we are looking for partners who can help make that hope a reality.

Anyone who Donates or Partners with us will get full credit, a link on our website as well as education brochures/materials we produce for this program.

Thank you for your time and attention and we hope to hear from you soon!

Contact us at GYCCinfo@gmail.com.

 

Molly Freibott is the Co Founder of GYCC. She has a passion for organizing, managing programs supporting the Community and Faith Based Programs, especially those for under supported populations.

Homeschooling During Covid-19 Pandemic

In December, 2019 anew infectious disease was identified. This virus is a new member of the Corona Viruses. This new microorganism was unknown until the outbreak began in Wuhan, China. We have learned a lot about this “invisible enemy” since December, but we still have much to learn.

December, 2019 the world changed.

Suddenly our entire world was turned upside down. We were very much taken “by surprise”, not prepared for a World Health Crisis.

Since the onset of this pandemic, we have learned a lot, especially not to take things for granted. We have seen the worst and the best of the human psyche.

We will continue to “make it up as we go” because no one in our lifetime has experienced such a devastating illness; we have no idea yet how this virus is going to behave.

As of Mother’s Day, 2020, the Unites States had 1,309,541 cases and 78,795 deaths.

Suddenly Homeschooling

Abruptly, children all over the country were sent home from school. Preschools closed, colleges and universities were closed and/or went to remote online learning.

With school closures, schools have varied widely in what they have had to offer students. Schools have a legal, and, in my opinion, moral obligation to provide equitable learning opportunities. Often, Income – what zip code you are in – plays a major role in what is available depending on where you live. Prior to the pandemic, many public and some private schools did not have the necessary tools to teach students.

An image of a woman helping a boy with school work at the family dinner table.

Students from impoverished, disenfranchised, low income homes and communities are unable to provide their students with Laptops, Wi-fi, notebooks and basic school supplies.

Poverty is always a risk factor when it concerns individual health and safety.

When the pandemic “shut down” our schools, parents teachers and school administrators, the entire country, was ill prepared for the immediate impact of this global phenomenon. We had to make quick arrangements for “home schooling”, child care before and after school, and many other basic services. Many decisions had to be made rapidly.

To date, schools have been closed since March or April, depending on where you live. Each state has “their own” ideas of what to do when a pandemic occurs. With no National Pandemic Infrastructure in place the school systems have struggled to provide an education while keeping everyone safe. Only time will tell how effective we have been.

This week, the CDC laid out it’s retailed, delayed road map for opening schools, child care centers, restaurants and various other institutions. (Washington Post, 5/19/2020).

Will schools reopen? Will Children return to classrooms?

The range of changes in the classroom will be multifaceted and perhaps difficult to maintain. Schools must have the following systems in place:

  • Adequate supplies for proper hygiene: Soap, Hand Sanitizer, No-Touch Trash cans
  •  Social Distancing on buses, in classrooms and on the playground
  • Staggered pick up and drop off times
  • Daily Health Checks: Temperature Screenings
  • Limited gatherings & extracurricular activities
  • Closed Communal Spaces

This is a Strange New World. Maybe, when it is all said and done, we will be able to implement long term solutions. Solutions that will keep class size small, adequate educational material and opportunities for all students regardless of their social economic status. Remote learning, computers, digital notepads, Wi-fi and other types of learning enhancements may be the “new normal”.

Every child counts. Let’s make sure to take some lessons and learn from this “Silent Enemy”. We can do better.

Everyone deserves an opportunity to experience a quality education regardless of their Social Economic Status, race, creed, sexual orientation or Zip Code. Investing in education….it may save your life!

Here are some great resources to check out as we begin to think about reopening schools:

Washington Post Article on CDC Guidelines

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/cdc-guidelines-released-at-last-offer-low-key-guide-to-reopening/2020/05/19/c99eb63a-99f8-11ea-a282-386f56d579e6_story.html

Prescott Unified School District Responds to Corona Virus
https://www.prescottschools.com/blog/pusd-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus/

CDC School Decision Tool
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-decision-tool.html

Covid-19 plays Havoc on High School Graduations
https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0P4xlAtp?s=a3&pd=04jFDAkD

 

Patricia Beitel RN, MSN, WHNP (retired)
I am a product of my education; without it; I would have been a welfare statistic. As a young single, naïve teenager I “got pregnant” and became a mother at the grand old age of 19. I believe my “rough” start gave me a skill set that has allowed me to engage and advocate for the marginalized, disenfranchised, underserved individuals. My focus has been on community advocacy and public health. Education is an equalizer, a valuable commodity that no one can take away from you; use your resources and support public education.

The Emergency First Aid Kit

Now that we’ve got 3 days of food and water, let’s move on to the next step: Your First Aid Emergency Supplies.

The Good News: You probably have every single one of these in a bin, a garage or a junk drawer.
The Bad News: No one really knows where they actually are and it might take some time to locate.
The Goal: LESS STRESS & PANIC – It will all be in one place. No panic trips to Walmart.

This list is meant to work for any Emergencies including Natural Disasters. We come from California so our Kit looked different as we were worried about Power Outages, broken glass etc.

Even if you think the item doesn’t apply to the current Covid situation- why not just have it anyway? We never could have imagined that having a supply of jigsaw puzzles and Board Games would actually save lives???

Take a quick look and put a check next to the ones that are probably already floating around the house/garage/drawer
https://www.ready.gov/kit

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

You’ll notice the absence of Toilet Paper… I will leave that can of worms untouched… ?

For the first six items, I would use the term “Essential” instead of “Additional” here. Why? Because we’ve been there and done that. We know that these need to be in there.

An image of a shopping cart going down the aisle of a store.

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer,
    disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  •  Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Ok- so clear off a shelf or grab a duffel bag and start stuffing these things in there!

Pick up one or two things each time you see them at the store.

Be proud of yourself for taking care of yourself and your family. Survive & Thrive!

 

Molly Freibott is the Co Founder of GYCC. She has a passion for organizing, managing programs supporting the Community and Faith Based Programs, especially those for under supported populations.

The 72 Hour Emergency Food Supply- You can do this!

If you are like us, everything happened so fast that before I could even think of stocking up on food…shelves were empty, online shelves were empty, big box stores were empty.   It was an awful feeling and I wasted a good amount of time beating myself up for not having been an “Apocolypse Ready ”.  But I finally realized that HEY- none of us knew this kind of shut down could happen.

Well… now we DO.  No guilt, no blame. We have new knowledge and we can use it to help us Never Get to that Place Again.

The CDC puts out a great source called “Food & Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency”, you can check it out Here:

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html

You might be worried that you to have an entire Years Supply of Organic Freeze Dried Food….but NO!  The TRUTH is 72 hours worth of Food can Make ALL the difference in the world if the worst, the semi worst, or even the  slightly bad happens.

So 3 days of Food….you can do that!

For our 72 hour Food Supply we will use the “Good, Better, Best” System.

Rule # 1:  Emergency Food Storage done Imperfectly still counts! 

  • Perfection, Elaborate Shelving and huge quantities are NOT necessary.

Rule # 2:  Fruit Loops, Eggos and Organically grown Quinoa all meet the goal of “Feeding your Family” …Good, Better, Best.

  •  Meet as many nutritional needs as you can, and buy a good Multi Vitamin for the rest.  We are getting through the Emergency.

Rule # 3:  Start with what you have and can afford, add the rest slowly. 

  • Now that retails are opening and the food supply chains are better, for now, use the money you saved on gas and haircuts and slowly start building your stock pile.

Step One:  Inventory

  • You can download the Martha Stuart 70 Page Pantry Organization and Inventory kit – or open the cupboard and take a cell phone pic.  Both are acceptable.

Step Two:  What are MY family’s staples? 

These are absolutely up to your individual needs, dietary requirements and budget.  Do you eat cereal for dinner and vegetarian chilli for breakfast- GREAT!  Write it down.   Make a 3 day list- you can even just write down what your family ate for the last 3 days.

 

Step Three:  Hunt and Gather

Remember when you could go to a grocery store and get everything on your list?   Me neither…The truth is you have a limited supply of money and perhaps still a limited supply of goods.  We now have restrictions on how many items we can purchase.  Start grabbing things on your list when you see them.

You can even buy a pre-made Emergency Food Kit like this one here: https://preparednessmama.com/72-hour-emergency-food-kit/ But if powdered “Whey Milk Substitute” is not your thing- it may best be for the Zombie Apocalypse stock pile.

Here’s what our Family of Five’s 72 Hour Emergency Food Pantry Inventory:

  • Crackers/cereal.
  • Trail mix/dried fruit.
  • Granola bars.
  • Protein Bars
  • Canned beans, meat, tuna, Chef Boyarde
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly, Frozen Bread
  • Instant Breakfast Mixes
  • Boxed Almond Milk- Shelf Stable
  • Chocolate- in various forms….

A few hints from the CDC:

Keep foods that:

  • Have a long storage life
  • Require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted
  • Meet the needs of babies or other family members who are on special diets
  • Meet pets’ needs
  • Are not very salty or spicy, as these foods increase the need for drinking water, which may be in short supply…(Ha! You know we all survived off of Spicy Hot Cheetos…let’s be real…)

You may find an unlimited supply of Pinto Beans or Chedder flavored Spam…if your family will not eat it…don’t put it in your 72 Day supply!!!  Maybe pick up a few in case of Zombie Apocalypse- but that’s another list.  Buy food you will eat.

Storage:  Keep this Supply Separate from your normal food- Don’t Cheat!

  • This is something we learned- we will need this at some point and the reward will be less panic and less stress.
  • It can be a plastic storage bin, a shelf in the Garage or a Giant Duffel bag

Finally- Water Water Water

  • You need 1 Gallon/Per Person/Per Day
  • Our family of 5 means 15 gallons of Emergency Water
  • We bought 5- 3 Gallon Jugs at Walmart…..DONE.

That’s it!  You can do this!  Once we have these very Basics Covered we can take the Next Doable Step- Non Food/First Aid Supplies that you will actually Use!

Here are some great Checklists and resources from the CDC and other great Sources:

https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-supply-kit-checklist.pdf

https://www.ready.gov/kit

https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-supply-kit-checklist.pdf

https://www.moneycrashers.com/organize-family-emergency-kit/

https://www.utah.gov/beready/business/documents/72-hourchecklistpdf.pdf

 

Molly Freibott is the Co Founder of GYCC. She has a passion for organizing, managing programs supporting the Community and Faith Based Programs, especially those for under supported populations.

The New Normal: Let’s Prepare to Survive and Thrive!

So, now that things are starting to reopen, it’s time for all of us to step outside into the sunlight, take a look around and then take a moment, just a minute to give ourselves a collective pat on the back. We made it through Quarantine. Is it over….well no, could it happen again? Well….yes….but folks, we as humans pulled together and survived. It’s ok if you didn’t write a novel, become a vegan or train for a marathon while you were on quarantine. If you kept yourself, your family or pets alive, food on the table and found a way to survive the absence of toilet paper then congratulations, you did great.

What’s next? Boy don’t I wish I had an answer. But what I do know is we are now in a Brave New World. We never imagined that in 48 hours the entire world would shut down. It’s ok if you weren’t prepared. You didn’t know that that was your kids last day of school….indefinitely. We never imagined the whole globe would shut down; schools, airports, buses, businesses…we weren’t prepared for a global pandemic and what it would mean on a personal level to our families. That’s ok. You made it through, you did the best you could and that is enough. Let it be enough, take a deep breath and let’s move forward together.

Because we have new information and a new reality, we have an opportunity to be better prepared for the future. Whatever your thoughts about the pandemic, we can all agree that the future is not at all certain. We know that everything can change….we’ve been there, we’ve done it, we’ve learned from it. So, let’s prepare to not just Survive but Thrive as a Community and as a planet.

Join us as we do our very best to apply what we’ve learned from the last few months to help plan for the best…and the worst. We know how it feels to be caught unawares, to lack supplies, to lose jobs, to run out of food, to worry about letting our kids ride bikes because they might break and arm and the hospitals are no longer safe. Let’s take small, do able, non-scary steps to make plans for the best and the worst. I promise you will not have to dig a bunker, purchase a semi truck of toilet paper or learn to grind your own flour….just simple, doable steps to a more prepared future.

Here’s how we’ll start preparing to Survive and Thrive:

  • The 72 hour Pantry Supply- Progress not perfection- Froot Loops are a valid Quarantine Food
  • The No Nonsense First Aid Kit you will actually Use
  • Full tank, Full Pantry, What’s Next? Extended Family Emergency Plans
  • Home Schooling …You are doing just fine!
  • Follow us at az-gycc.org as we walk through these steps together!

Resources and Employment Opportunities

Please note that all information is subject to change based on the changing environment.  This is not an all inclusive list- there may be many other services/resources in the Quad City Community.  Inclusion is not meant to imply endorsement nor is exclusion meant to convey non- endorsement.

Community Services

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Foundation Staff at foundation@usbg.org

CORE – Children of Restaurant Employees
https://coregives.org/
CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances. In times of extreme strain brought on by family death, injury or diagnosed medical condition, loss of home, or other sudden or extreme circumstances, food and beverage families can become overwhelmed financially and emotionally.

EL GATO AZUL – GATO COMMUNITY GIVES
No cost meals to individuals or families who may not have the ability to prepare meals at home or are economically challenged, includes lunches for students.
gcgprescott@gmail.com

Prescott Meals on Wheels
928 445-7630
PrescottMealsonWheels.com

For existing Home Delivered Meal Clients:
Prescott – Client Services Coordinator, Katie 928 445-7630  ext 602 or KatiePMOW@gmail.com
Prescott Valley – Client Services Coordinator – Mary, 928 445-7630 ext 603 or MaryBPMOW@gmail.com

People Who Care
Chino Valley: 928-636-3295
Prescott : 928-445-2480
Prescott Valley and Dewey : 928-925-3066

Provides caring non-medical volunteer assistance to adults unable to drive in order to help them continue living in their own homes

Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS)
336 N. Rush Street Prescott, Arizona 86301
928.778.5933

Provides shelter and basic resources to homeless/transitional women, children and families of Yavapai County

Prescott SDA Church
2980 Willow Creek Road, Prescott
Each Thursday at 10 am, the Prescott SDA Church opens the Food Pantry for those in the community who are in need. The Food Bank is open to anyone who comes in.

Prescott Center for the Arts – PCA Serves
Volunteers providing assistance to those in need, with errands and delivery of groceries, prescriptions and other needs.
Fill out the form on their website

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation
Emergency fund cards provided to DCS to help local foster families.
Grants for Kids program
yavapaicasaforkids.org

Shelters & Housing

PRESCOTT AREA SHELTER SERVICES (PASS)
https://prescottshelters.org/
PASS provides shelter & basic resources to homeless/transitional women, children & families of Yavapai County

CENTERS FOR COMPASSION & JUSTICE SHELTER
We’re still serving!
*CCJ Thrift Store is closed until further notice
* Home Repair outreach is suspended
We continue to serve through:

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Advocacy for our clients
  • PWPA employee readiness program
  • Second Chance Housing

Donate!  Any amount helps!  http://yavapaiccj.org/donate/
Offer to donate dinner for 35 people in our shelter
Hire the PWPA Crew for landscaping  928-445-8382
Send protective supplies, such as; antibacterial soap, gloves, and hand sanitizer

Current Job Opportunities

ABRiO Care Home Care
Hiring: Caregivers
830 S. Main Street, Suite 2C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Call 928-634-6758

Albertsons
Apply Here

Amazon
Apply Here

Arizona Department of Public Safety
Hiring: Several jobs including state trooper and dispatch
Apply Here

Assisteo
Now Hiring: Home Health Clinicians
Apply Here
Send Resume to: shilles@assisteo.us

Associated Retina Consultants
Front Office Patient Check-In/Check-Out Representative
Opthalmic Technicians/Medical Assistant Posititons
Apply Here

AZTEC
Hiring: Instructors to work with residents with developmental disabilities
Apply Here

Bashas’
Cottonwood
Apoply Here

Banner Health
Hiring: Medical professionals and financial services representatives
Interviewing online
Apply Online

Caring Presence 805 Whipple St, Suite D, Prescott AZ
Now Hiring: Caregiver/Personal Assistant
Call 928-771-0701
www.caringpresence.com

Cenlar FSB
Hiring: Call-center work
Apply Here

Circle K
Hiring: store associates, assistant managers, store managers,
Apply Here

City of Cottonwood 
816 N. Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Call 928-340-2717
Communications Specialist– Click Here to apply
FirefigherClick Here to apply
Police Officer Recruit: Click Here to apply
Police Officer LateralClick Here to apply
Wastewater Operator Trainee/I/II: Click Here to apply
Accounting Specialist IIClick Here to apply
Court Clerk I: Click Here to apply

Core Mark
Hiring: Full-time warehouse workers, Class A CDL Drivers and Driver Helpers
Apply Here

CVS Health
Apply Here

Dollar General
Apply Here

Fry’s Food Stores:  Apply Online Here
Prescott Valley: Glassford & Florentine Call: 928-445-3010
Prescott: Sandretto & Willow Creek Rd    Call: 928-778-3717
Prescott: Fair & Miller Valley: Call: 928-778-6494
Cottonwood: Call (928) 634-9611

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council- Summer Camps
Now Hiring:
Assistant Camp Director, Program Director, Business Manager,
Health Supervisor (RN) Trading Post Coordinator, Unit Counselors
Apply Here
Reference Link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/campref2020

KAZTV- Channel 7
Now Hiring: Sales Account Executive
Call: 928-778-6770 Prescott Office
Send Resume to Richard Howe: rhowe@aztv.com

Kindred at Home: 155 W. Iron Springs Rd, #11 Prescott
Now Hiring: Caregivers
Call: 928-776-1525
Apply here

Mountain View Manor: 1045 Sandretto Dr. Prescott 
Now Hiring: RN’s, LPNs and CNA’s
Compensation: DOE
Shifts available: ALL
Apply Here

Rainbow Acres: 2102 Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde
Now Hiring: Caregiver, Construction & Maintenance Assistant
Call: 928-567-5231
ResCare Home Care:
3001 Main St. Suite B, Prescott Valley
Call 928-717-9981
Now Hiring: In-Home Caregiving Positions
Cottonwood Office: Apply Here
Prescott Office: Apply Here

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch: 
240 LIbby Lane, PO Box 759, Cornville, AZ
Now Hiring: Direct Support Professionals- work with adults with autism
Call: 928-634-4784
Apply Here

Safeway Stores: All Positions & All Locations
Pre-apply online here

Sprouts
Apply Here

Target
Apply Here

U-Haul
Apply Here

Walgreens
Apply Here

Walmart
Prescott

Now Hiring: Stocker/ Backroom/ Receiving Associate/ Cashier, Front End Associate/Food Associate
Apply Here

Prescott Valley
Now Hiring: Sales/Backroom/Receiving/Cashier
Apply Here
Cottonwood
Now Hiring: Sales Associate /Stocker / Backroom / Receiving Associate
Apply Online

Emergency Resources

CORE – Children of Restaurant Employees
CORE grants support to children to food & beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.
https://coregivers.org/

The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance to restaurant industry workers.
https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/

One Fair Wage
Emergency Assistance Fund for tipped and service workers — meaning restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, etc
https://onefairwage.com/

The National Domestic Workers Alliance
Provides assistance to domestic workers so that they can stay home and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
https://www.domesticworkers.org/

The Town Hall Project
Searchable map of dozens of mutual aid funds that are supporting workers and communities in need during the outbreak.
https://townhallproject.com/

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER DISASTER RELIEF
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

LOST YOUR JOB DUE TO COVID-19?
Unemployment insurance benefits may be available at:
https://des.az.govemployment-individual

PEOPLE WHO CARE
https://peoplewhocareaz.com/
Chino Valley: (928) 636-3295
Prescott: (928) 445-2480
Prescott Valley & Dewey:  (928) 925-3066
People Who Care provides caring non- medical volunteer assistance to adults unable to drive in order to help them continue living in their own homes.

Food Resources

FOR INFORMATION ON DAYS & TIMES OF FOOD PROGRAMS IN SEDONA/ COTTONWOOD/ CAMP VERDE AREA VISIT: WWW.MOHELP.ORG

Arizona 24-Hour Help Line for Seniors unable to access Groceries:
Call 602-264-4357

Food Services • Bread of Life Mission – Camp Verde

Camp Verde Senior Center

Cornville Food Bank (First Baptist Church) 928-634-4750

Food Banks
Please call before you go as hours and days of operation along with eligibility may vary.
Check  Arizona Food Bank Network for a list of area resources.

Chino Valley Food Bank
http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/foodbank/article/chino_valley_food_bank
1943 N Voss Dr, Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-8478

Food Pantry
St Luke’s: 2000 Shepherds Ln Prescott, AZ 86301-6143
(928) 778-4499
The elderly, low income families and anyone in need of help are served by warm loving parish volunteers. If clients, ask for help in other areas the volunteers direct them to the appropriate agency.

Prescott Valley Food Bank
8671 E. Spouse Drive, Suite A, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4490
Walk-ins served. No referral required. Photo ID and proof of address needed. Must meet federal poverty guidelines.

Salvation Army is offering Operation Food Box
(928) 788-0150
A food box will be dropped at an individual’s door.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance: Chino Valley Mobile Pantry
650 Road 3 SE (Off of HWY 89A), Chino Valley, AZ, 86323
(602) 242-3663

United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund.
(866) 211-9966
They will help with bills, rent and food. Call and provide zip code and you will be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance.

Yavapai County Food Bank
8866 E Long Mesa Dr, Prescott Valley
(928) 775-5255
Restaurants  and services who will deliver or provide curb-side takeout.

Manzanita Outreach
(928) 649-5772 or 623-694-4796
* Meals on Wheels in the Verde Valley Region
* Community Supplemental Food Program

Mingus High School:
* Grab and Go meals available for all K-12
* Grab and Go breakfast 8-9AM
* Grab and Go lunch 11AM – 12 noon

Mt. View United Methodist Church Food Pantry
(928) 634-8857

Old Town Mission Food Pantry
Cottonwood (928) 634-8857

Rising Hope Food Pantry
Cottonwood (928) 634-4321

Salvation Army
Flagstaff (928) 774-1403

Salvation Army
Prescott (928) 778-0150

Sedona Community Center
(928) 282-2834
o Meals on Wheels Delivery
o Hot lunch available for pick up at 11 AM daily,
* Call 24 hours in advance •

Sedona Community Food Bank
(928) 204-2808
o Distribution on Wednesdays, via drive through pickup •

Sedona Oak Creek School District
(for anyone up to age 18)
(928) 204-6836

 Grab & Go Breakfast
available 8AM-9AM
Here are the Sites:
* Sedona Community Center, 2615 melody Lane
* Windsong Mobile Home Park, 2466 W SR 89A
* Big Park Community School, 25 W. Saddlehorn Rd.

  Grab and Go Lunch
available  9AM-12PM
Here are the Sites
* Sedona Red Rock High School, Upper Red Rock Loop
* West Sedona School, Posse Ground Rd.

7th Day Adventist Community Service Center Food Pantry
Camp Verde
(928) 567-4281

St, Andrews Church
Sedona
Providing restaurant gift cards

Society of St, Vincent de Paul

St. John Vianney Food Pantry
(928) 282-7545

Yavapai Apache Nation Food Bank
(928) 567-2124

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
You do not need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant.  If you need assistance or have questions, contact Foundation Staff at foundation@usbg.org

Educational

Free Educational Websites for Home

Sometimes screen time is a necessity if we have children at home and work we need to do. Here are three apps that make screen time a learning time:

  1. CodeMonkey: a game-based education program that teaches children to code. It comes with a membership fee, but there’s a free 14-day trial that doesn’t require a credit card.
  2. BrainPop: Online learning across subject areas for children in kindergarten through middle school and ELL learning for all age groups. Free.
  3. Khan Academy: Online learning in math, science, and literacy for all age groups. Standards-aligned. Free.
  4. BrainPop: Fun, interactive educational activities for all ages and all subject areas
  5. Scholastic Learn at Home: Interactive learning journeys for all ages.

Mental Health

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world.

We know you’re looking for ways to take care of yourself and #BeTheDifference. We’ve compiled these tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.

If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

For more information and resources from MHFA during this difficult time, read these new resources on our blog:

Resources & Employment

Current Job Opportunities

Source: Yavapai College Job Fairs

Walmart– Apply at www.careers.walmart.com
Prescott
Now Hiring: Stocker/ Backroom/ Receiving Associate/ Cashier, Front End Associate/Food Associate
Apply Here

Prescott Valley
Now Hiring: Sales/Backroom/Receiving/Cashier
Apply Here

Cottonwood
Now Hiring: Sales Associate /Stocker / Backroom / Receiving Associate
Apply Online

Fry’s Food Stores
Prescott Valley: Glassford & Florentine Call: 928-445-3010
Prescott:
Sandretto & Willow Creek Rd    Call: 928-778-3717
Fair & Miller Valley: Call: 928-778-6494
Cottonwood: Call 928-634-9611
Apply Online

Safeway Stores All Positions & All Locations
Pre-apply online here

KAZTV- Channel 7
Now Hiring: Sales Account Executive
Call: 928-778-6770 Prescott Office
Send Resume to Richard Howe: rhowe@aztv.com

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council- Summer Camps
Now Hiring:
Assistant Camp Director, Program Director, Business Manager,
Health Supervisor (RN) Trading Post Coordinator, Unit Counselors
Apply Here
Reference Link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/campref2020

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch
240 LIbby Lane, PO Box 759, Cornville, AZ
Now Hiring: Direct Support Professionals- work with adults with autism
Call: 928-634-4784
Apply Here

Rainbow Acres
2102 Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde
Now Hiring: Caregiver, Construction & Maintenance Assistant
Call: 928-567-5231

ABRiO Care Home Care
Now Hiring Caregivers
830 S. Main Street, Suite 2C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Call 928-634-6758

Assisteo
Now Hiring: Home Health Clinicians
Apply Here: www.assithomehealth.com
Send Resume to: shilles@assisteo.us

Associated Retina Consultants
Now Hiring: Front Office Patient Check-In/Check-Out Representative
Opthalmic Technicians/Medical Assistant Posititons
Website

Caring Presence
805 Whipple St, Suite D, Prescott AZ
Now Hiring: Caregiver/Personal Assistant
Call 928-771-0701
Website

Kindred at Home
Now Hiring: Caregivers
155 W. Iron Springs Rd, #11 Prescott
Call: 928-776-1525
Apply here

Mountain View Manor
Now Hiring: RN’s, LPNs and CNA’s
1045 Sandretto Dr. Prescott
Compensation: DOE
Shifts available: ALL
Apply Here

City of Cottonwood 
816 N. Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Call 928-340-2717
Communications Specialist- Click Here to apply
Firefigher: Click Here to apply
Police Officer Recruit: Click Here to apply
Police Officer Lateral: Click Here to apply
Wastewater Operator Trainee/I/II: Click Here to apply
Accounting Specialist II: Click Here to apply
Court Clerk I: Click Here to apply

ResCare Home Care
Now Hiring: In-Home Caregiving Positions
3001 Main St. Suite B, Prescott Valley
Call 928-717-9981
Cottonwood Office: Apply Here
Prescott Office: Apply Here

FOOD RESOURCES

Sedona/Verde Valley

FOR INFORMATION ON DAYS & TIMES OF FOOD PROGRAMS IN SEDONA/ COTTONWOOD/ CAMP VERDE AREA VISIT: WWW.MOHELP.ORG
Food Services • Bread of Life Mission – Camp Verde

Camp Verde Senior Center

Cornville Food Bank (First Baptist Church) 928-634-4750

Manzanita Outreach (928) 649-5772 or 623-694-4796
* Meals on Wheels in the Verde Valley Region
* Community Supplemental Food Program

Mingus High School:
* Grab and Go meals available for all K-12
* Grab and Go breakfast 8-9AM
* Grab and Go lunch 11AM – 12 noon

Mt. View United Methodist Church Food Pantry 928-634-8857

Old Town Mission Food Pantry- Cottonwood 928-634-8857

Rising Hope Food Pantry- Cottonwood 928-634-4321

Salvation Army Flagstaff 928-774-1403 •

Salvation Army Prescott 928-778-0150 •

Sedona Community Center (928) 282-2834
o Meals on Wheels Delivery
o Hot lunch available for pick up at 11 AM daily,
* Call 24 hours in advance •

Sedona Community Food Bank 928-204-2808
o Distribution on Wednesdays, via drive through pickup •

Sedona Oak Creek School District
(for anyone up to age 18) 928- 204-6836

Grab & Go Breakfast available 8AM-9AM
Here are the Sites:
* Sedona Community Center, 2615 melody Lane
* Windsong Mobile Home Park, 2466 W SR 89A
* Big Park Community School, 25 W. Saddlehorn Rd.

Grab and Go Lunch available  9AM-12 noon
Here are the Sites
* Sedona Red Rock High School, Upper Red Rock Loop
* West Sedona School, Posse Ground Rd.

7th Day Adventist Community Service Center Food Pantry – Camp Verde 928-567-4281

St, Andrews Church – Sedona
o Providing restaurant gift cards

Society of St, Vincent de Paul

St. John Vianney Food Pantry 928-282-7545

Yavapai Apache Nation Food Bank – 928-567-2124