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Room with a view: For charity’s sake

The latest estimates for how long everybody will have to hunker down in order to break the back of the COVID-19 pandemic run from an optimistic “through the end of March,” to a more realistic “through the end of April,” and up to a pessimism-tainted “maybe by summertime everybody can get back to work.”

The truth is, nobody knows for certain.

If we stick to self-quarantine, if we test widely for exposure to COVID-19, and if we are fanatics about tracking down each and every person who made contact with someone who tests positive — we’ll be able to flatten the curve and hasten down the road to a return to a new normalcy.

Roadkill till then? All of us — but I want to especially, right now, ask you to consider local non-profits.

These organizations depend on the generosity of donors to pay not only for their evident charitable activities such as sheltering at-risk teens or pregnant women, but also for costs like salaries, rent or mortgage payments, and supplies.

Fundraising for these non-profits depends on events that have been cancelled, or sponsorships from businesses that are shuttered, or donations from individuals suddenly without jobs.

Tomorrow night’s “regular” meeting of the Cypress City Council will be by telephone courtesy of an official California State proclamation relaxing the Brown Act on open meetings. The Council agenda includes a special notice:

Teleconference Only
Various Locations

On March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which authorizes the City Council to hold public meetings via teleconferencing and waives all requirements of the Brown Act requiring the physical presence of Council Members, staff, or the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting.

THIS IS A CITY COUNCIL MEETING BY TELECONFERENCE ONLY. Members of the public will have access to listen to the meeting by calling (562) 247-8422 and using Access Code 128-836-860 when prompted. No Audio Pin is necessary.

The public will not be able to provide comments within the teleconference. Members of the public wishing to submit a general comment or a comment on an agenda item, can email [email protected] or call (714) 229-6685 to leave a voicemail message. All comments received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 will be added to the City Council agenda as a Consent Calendar item so the City Council can receive and file them and make them part of the meeting record. The March 23, 2020 City Council agenda is focused on urgent or essential consideration items only.

Item 9 on the agenda is “Consideration of Support for Community Non-Profits.”

Thoughtfully consider your own situation, and make a prudential decision on whether you personally can help one or more of our local non-profits.

Here is an oh-so-partial list:

Plus churches, synagogues, and congregations that must pay bills and continue ministering while paying fixed costs as well.

All these organizations help to make our communities what they are. They greatly deserve support.

And on a lighter note, here is a teacher’s musical response to facing down online teaching with no advanced warning:


  1. Another form of charity is to order take-out from our local restaurants to keep their cash flow intact. If people can line up at Costco or the grocery store to overbuy and I mean $$overbuy, then they can afford to keep our local restaurants in business by ordering take-out.

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      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Although your suggestion isn’t really charity — customers get food for their money — the suggestion is an excellent one.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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