Volunteer Update
March 27, 2020
Dear CRC Supporter,

To say this has been a month of change is an understatement. I am writing this note to all of you from home while my sixth grader does online school in the room next to me. My 17-year-old son is doing his 10th set of sit ups as he deals with the loss of freedoms, friends (for the time being) and baseball season. 

My college son is on a higher level of quarantine, having just returned through Madrid from a cancelled school semester abroad. When we head to the grocery stores, we don’t know what we will find.... some days there are eggs and sometimes not. Sometimes there is a line just to get in, and sometimes not.  

Last week, the CRC Volunteer Program went through a series of very quick changes, sometimes overnight. 
  • Our interns went home. 
  • Many of our volunteers decided to stay home in order to stay safe and keep others safe. 
  • Our Food Pantry volunteer needs shifted immensely.
  • Our Resale Stores closed the back areas, and then closed altogether. 
  • Our English Tea was moved to an online platform. 

In all of that, CRC volunteers showed patience, support and grace. For that, I am incredibly grateful! We move ahead these next few weeks not quite knowing what we will need or what is in store. However, I am confident that those who continue to need care will receive it. 

I walked my dog around the block on Saturday, unaware that there was a social media challenge to “Chalk the Walk.” I kept noticing sidewalk chalk art. Sunshine, rainbows, smiling stick figures waving to me. There were encouraging words like “You are not alone” and “Hello neighbor!” “We will get through this!” and “Social distance doesn’t mean we aren’t together.” 

That last one hit me. It describes how I feel about CRC volunteers right now. While staying safe ourselves, we are still together. Some are still coming in to run the food pantry, some are checking in via emails or just checking our website for updates. CRC volunteers have always had incredible empathy for those who are facing uncertainty, health issues, food insecurity, and trauma.  Perhaps now more than ever we can understand those emotions and when life returns to “normal,” that renewed empathy will make us a force to be reckoned with. 

We will continue to let you know what we need. We continue to hope you are all well. If you are currently volunteering, we will do our best to reach out to you with any updates.  


Sara Rosenbaum,
CRC Volunteer Manager
Ways you can support us now
COVID-19 and our CRC community

The coronavirus is already hurting families and seniors who are vulnerable. People are facing the reality of hunger and homelessness because their income is being devastated, because their access to healthy food is limited – both of which are compounded by social isolation.

CRC is the grocery store for more than 500 households every week. CRC is home to our community’s most vulnerable people.

Our goal is to raise $500,000 over the next five weeks.

We’ve received an impact/leadership gift of $100,000 from Helmut Kiffmann & Pat Moore, but we need your help to reach our goal.

The need is  urgent, the time to act is  now.

We are grateful to be a part of a caring community.

Thank you for partnering with us to help our community during this unprecedented time.
English Tea 2020 attendees are going virtual

Due to COVID-19, CRC’s 25th Annual English Tea  has been canceled. But, even though we can’t attend in person on April 4, we can all “attend” online.

The Tea raises critical funding for CRC, and was budgeted to raise $100,000 this year, so we hope you’ll support the event from your homes.
Please check out these CRC’s pages for more information on the plan for our virtual Tea!

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Questions? Please contact us at  development@crcncc.org  or (760) 230-6307 for assistance.
Volunteers in the Spotlight
Food Pantry Volunteers

Throughout these times of uncertainty, our food pantry volunteers are still coming every day to pack emergency bags for our clients. Thank you!
If you have a good story of volunteering, please share with me at srosenbaum@crcncc.org . I can include those stories in future newsletters as an encouragement to our team.  
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