Dear CP Families,
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy, and adapting to this new life of remote learning.
As most functions of the PTO are halted during this crisis, we are temporarily suspending publication of the weekly PTO newsletter. We will continue to share timely announcements, with a particular focus on helping those in need (please see several important items below).
However, the best source for news on our town is www.princetoncovid.org. In addition to updates from all local agencies, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, and PPS, the website also includes a curated list of free educational and entertainment websites for families from the Princeton Public Library.
Be well. Be safe.
Lynda Dodd, Tara Oakman, & Manishi Prasad, CP PTO Co-Presidents
SOS: Please Donate PPE to Healthcare Workers
Our local hospital, Penn Medicine Princeton Health, has very limited supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). While NJ has requested PPE from the national stockpile and also purchased items, they have not yet arrived. If you or someone you know works in an industry such as construction, painting, or carpentry, and has surplus PPE (particularly N95 masks), please consider donating this equipment to our local hospital. To make a PPE donation to Penn Medicine Princeton Health, contact the hospital's Director of Supply Chain Operations Frank McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|If you do not need a receipt for tax purposes, you may also drop off donations to the front porch at 125 Jefferson Road in Princeton to be delivered to the hospital daily this week.|
Coronavirus Emergency Expense Fund
Princeton Children’s Fund, Inc.* is seeking donations to benefit economically disadvantaged Princeton families who are facing income loss due to coronavirus closures.
Donations can be made online at www.princetonchildrensfund.org and are fully tax deductible. For residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak and in need of financial assistance, please visit the Princeton Human Services Department website (www.princetonnj.gov/resources/coronavirus-resources) and submit a CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY EXPENSE REQUEST FORM. The request form is also available at www.princetonchildrensfund.org. All requests will receive a response within 48 hours and determinations will be made as quickly as funding allows.
*This effort is in collaboration with Princeton Community Housing, the Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton, and was created to supplement those organizations already set up to provide support.
Food Donations Around Town
For financial contributions to help feed our community, please consider donating to these local food banks and non-profits:
Starting on Monday, March 23, all food donations should be dropped off at Arm and Arm (61 Nassau Street). Arm In Arm is in need of volunteers in Princeton and, especially, Trenton as they move to a 100% mobile food pantry to observe social distancing measures during this most difficult time. Arm In Arm is minimizing individual exposure, and the mobile pantry operates by "dropping, knocking, and walking away."
If you or someone you live with are in a high-risk group for infection, or if you have felt sick lately and/or may have been in contact with someone who has felt sick, this is not for you.
To volunteer in Princeton, please reach out to Cecelia Avila at email@example.com or to Angie Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who wish to volunteer or to donate food at one of our Trenton sites, please reach out to Shariq Marshall at email@example.com.