Letter from Mayor Holober Regarding COVID-19 Related Community Resources
Dear Millbrae Residents,
The past three weeks have been hard for many of us. From feelings of loneliness and boredom to exhaustion from managing kids while trying to work from home. While life has changed dramatically, the City of Millbrae continue to provide essential services to our community. As I have mentioned in previous updates, there are numerous resources available to help us all cope and overcome our challenges during this time for both residents and business owners. Following is a comprehensive list of resources that you may find helpful and ease some of the burdens during this time:
Millbrae Senior Social Phone Calls
Last week, Millbrae Rotary members extended their voices, ears and hearts out to those senior citizens who feel isolated and alone. If you are a senior, or someone you know is, and you would like to get calls from local Millbrae Rotary members, please visit Senior Social Phone Calls at bit.ly/2UKRlFm and complete the form. Rotarians will call to chat with you, see how you are doing and have a conversation. You can talk about pretty much anything, but more importantly, they want to make sure you are alright and stay connected.
Millbrae Senior Wellness Check
In addition to staying connected, several local resource providers are conducting wellness checks and delivering food to seniors in need. If you, or anyone you know, is 65 years of age or older, or is someone who has special needs, and may need a wellness check, please visit Senior Wellness Check at tinyurl.com/vaedbfx and fill out the form. Someone from the City of Millbrae will conduct a wellness check on you or those identified. We are working with several volunteer organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Self Help for the Elderly, San Mateo County, and other sources to ensure that our vulnerable residents get the food and support they need.
Primrose Grocery Assistance Program
The Primrose Grocery Assistance Program provides weekly groceries, free of charge, to individuals and families in need. People can walk-in and pick-up groceries once per week, without an appointment, at 139 Primrose Road in Burlingame, or by calling 650-342-2255. Primrose’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. To learn more, please visit www.callprimrose.org.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley distributes healthy food, fresh produce and household goods, to people living in Millbrae. Second Harvest provides this free of charge to anyone in need, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Find a list of local distribution locations by visiting www.shfb.org/get-food/.
Free K-12 Lunches at Mills HS
During the school closure, ANYONE 18 years of age and under can receive FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch meals. Food can be picked up at Mills High School on the Sequoia Avenue side. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This service will be provided until Friday, May 1, including during spring break.
United Way COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
The United Way Bay Area’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will direct funds to Bay Area families who have been adversely impacted by this global pandemic. Direct Assistance will be made available to help families meet basic needs such as assistance with rent, housing, food, utilities, healthcare costs, or unpaid sick time. To apply, please visit https://uwba.org/covid19fund/grantee-application/#covid19apply.
Millbrae Virtual Recreation Center
Millbrae has a new Virtual Recreation Center. We’ve done our best to put together fun, creative, and educational content with the hope of making it easier for you and your family to prioritize your health and well-being. Visit Millbrae’s Virtual Recreation Center at bit.ly/39P37Te. We’ve also partnered with the National Fitness Campaign to bring you an indoor Fitness Court workout to help you move, stretch and stay positive in just 7 minutes a day. Download the free app at nfchq.com/app and you can get started now.
San Mateo County Libraries E-Learning
San Mateo County Libraries has launched a new homepage! www.smcl.org is now set up to better assist San Mateo County and Millbrae residents during the shelter-in-place order and social distancing guidelines. The new page has been re-focused to support home-based e-learning with relevant content, resources, online events and crafts to facilitate learning, exploring and connecting. All of it is accessible online and free to access with your library card.
San Mateo County Health COVID-19 Updates
San Mateo County Health provides daily updates on the spread, response and management of the COVID-19 outbreak in San Mateo County. While the shelter-in-place order is in effect, currently through May 3rd, they ask that all travel outside of the home be limited to essential activities, and to maintain a six-foot social distance between yourself and others. To learn more about San Mateo County Health’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.smchealth.org/coronavirus.
California Peer Run Warm Line
California Peer Run Warm Line is a free non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support. Assistance is provided via phone or instant messaging web chat. Some concerns users share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use. They can be reached at 855-845-7415 or online at www.mentalhealthsf.org.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
If you are depressed, going through a hard time, and are thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. Hotline counselors are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing. No matter how hard life feels right now, we want to reassure you that suicide is not the answer, and there are people who want to help uplift you.
San Mateo County Strong
All of these resource providers are doing their best to keep up with the increased demand on their services. If you are able, please consider donating food, household goods, and or money to these service providers directly. You can also donate to San Mateo County Strong, which will provide direct funding to these and other resource providers in our county. Through SMC Strong all the money will stay local. Please visit www.smcstrong.org to learn more and to donate.
Business Assistance Resources
One of the most important and impactful elements of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act package is the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The Payroll Protection Program is the Small Business Administration's $349 billion lending program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new Paycheck Protection Program expands the SBA's 7(a) loan program to help small businesses cover their near-term operating expenses and retain employees. Provided are the links to these resources.
Everyone, at every level of government and among our non-profit service providers, are doing what they can to serve you and protect our community. If you are in need please seek help. This will take time to get through, but we will get through it by working together and uplifting our neighbors in need.
Reuben D. Holober
Mayor, City of Millbrae