Ravishing Youth Board's Resource page for all COVID-19 information and initiatives
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?
The COVID-19 or Corona Virus Disease is a disease caused by a new virus
The virus causes problems like respiratory issues, and symptoms like cough, fever and difficulty breathing (in extreme cases).
The virus spreads through droplets (meaning by someone’s saliva) which can be spread through spit, coughing, and sneezing. It can also be transmitted through objects that have viral bacteria on it and if someone touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD
Wash your hands for 20 sec with warm water and soap
STAY AT HOME (unless urgent/critical)
Practice social distancing and avoid being in large groups
Wash clothes, bedsheets, dishes, etc… with warm water (warm water helps kill the virus on objects)
HOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS DEALING WITH COVID-19
They have created travel Advisories that advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel
Some employers provide paid sick leave which gives full-time workers with two weeks of paid leave if they get sick from the virus
the US has put $400 million into food banks and $250 million into senior nutrition programs
Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order which requires everyone to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Validate others feelings about the situation
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
RYB MASK PROJECT
RYB's mask project is an effort to sew hospital-grade re-usable masks to donate to communities. We are creating kits for experienced sewers/volunteers who can help stitch masks. We are committing to make 9,000 masks to be donated to various hospitals, Shelter homes, Fire Stations, Police Stations, and Grocery Clerks in Washington.
To be able to make these many masks we need to buy material and supplies. Our target is to raise $10,000. Funds can be matched through a corporate or your company's GIVE program.
We are committed and will continue to work on this over time as our supply increases!
Please remember that we are all in this together, and as a community, we can come together to help each other! Stay safe, wash your hands, and help out wherever you can!
WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR
We have donated K95 masks, face shields and fabric masks to shelter homes, essential workplaces, hospitals, low-income families and smaller clinics/ family-owned businesses
We have been supporting local bakeries and restaurants by buying food to donate to places. We also packaged and donated a week's worth of groceries to 200 families in the Renton area. We have been giving packaged food to shelter homes and food banks. Our team members have also been baking cupcakes to donate to healthcare workers in hospitals!
DONATED HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Low-income families are in deep need of hygiene products and clothes during this time so we donated products like bars of soap, hand sanitizers, sanitary pads, undergarments, clothes, and sanitary products to shelter homes across Washington
PROVIDED FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS
Leaders Behind Screens is an initiative to bring children the joy of extracurriculars and learning to their screens. For younger children, after-school activities are something they look forward to, during this pandemic they miss out on that experience, so we wanted to bring it to their screens! We have been conducting all types of classes and workshops for various age groups and grade levels all for FREE! In hopes to create the virtual leaders of tomorrow.
PLACES WE HAVE DONATED
Valley Medical Center
Congregations for the Homeless
Sofia Way Women's Shelter Home
Ronald McDonald Charity Home
HOFF Women's Center
Seattle Men's Shelter Home
Cares for Washington
Friends of Youth Kirkland & Redmond
Gas station employees
Issaquah Rehab Center staff
Nurses and Doctors
Summit Healthcare Alliance staff
Grocery store workers
Family Nursing Homes
Sunset Community Church food drive
Tent City 4 (Sammamish)
Tent City Seattle
Low-income single mothers
Families affected by COVID-19
Echo Glen Children's Center- Juvenile detention center
Drive through mask pickups for families in Renton
COVID screening sites for Hispanic Communities in Everett
Low-income Pacific Islander communities at COVID screenings