By Mayor London N. Breed
What we are currently experiencing with COVID-19 is unlike any other challenge we have seen in our lifetimes. It is natural to feel anxious and fearful with so much uncertainty and disruption to our day-to-day lives.
In the face of these challenges, I want to share with you a message of hope and provide information about City resources that you may find useful.
We will get through this together. Over the past few weeks, I have been inspired by the incredible acts of courage, kindness and generosity that I have witnessed in San Francisco. Neighbors are looking out for one another. People are getting groceries for those who cannot leave their homes and helping vulnerable individuals get connected to City services that are available to them. People are volunteering to make face coverings for healthcare workers, residents are cheering in thanks for first responders, and companies are stepping up to provide personal protective equipment and support additional COVID-19 testing.
I have been especially inspired by the generosity of San Franciscans and the contributions we have received to the Give2SF Fund. We created the fund to provide the most vulnerable San Franciscans with food security and access to housing, and provide additional support for small businesses and workers. As of April 22, we’ve received more than $10.5 million in donations and pledges. If you are able, I hope you’ll consider contributing to Give2SF. You can learn more and donate at Give2SF.org. If you’re not able to contribute financially, but are still interested in volunteering to help your fellow San Franciscans, go to sf.gov/covid19volunteer.
Over the coming weeks and months, we need to continue to support one another, and be kind to ourselves, and focus on what really matters – our health and the health of our loved ones.
I want to thank San Franciscans for complying with the City’s Health Orders. It’s important that we continue to stay home, maintain social distance, and cover our faces when outside for essential needs. For information about the City’s response to COVID-19 and to learn more about the services available to you, please go to SF.gov. or call 311.
London N. Breed is the mayor of San Francisco.