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April 3, 2020
Wellness Update - 4/3
My staff delivered dozens of meals to seniors yesterday. Thanks to Self-Help for the Elderly and all our nutrition providers for making sure nobody goes hungry during this difficult time. 

With at least one month of sheltering-in-place ahead of us, prioritizing our physical and mental well being remains essential. 

Bay Area health officials now recommend that everyone cover their nose and mouth with simple non-hospital grade facial coverings when leaving home for essential activities such as travel to medical appointments, grocery stores, or pharmacy visits.

Simple cloth facial coverings such as bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable for this purpose. Fabric covers and bandanas should be washed and re-used. Hospital grade medical masks such as N-95 or surgical masks should be preserved for health care workers in clinical settings and first responders.

We know this is a time where our elders and people with disabilities may need additional assistance. The Department of Disability and Aging Services helpline is now open seven days a week to older adults and adults with disabilities to provide with everyday tasks as well as connect people with volunteers who can help. Call 415-355-6700 or visit for assistance.

I encourage you to visit for up-to-date info and ways to get involved, from doing phone check-ins or grocery shopping for isolated seniors, or volunteering for the food bank. 

The local shelter-in-place order is effective until May 3rd, 2020, or until it is extended. For more information about this order, visit

For official updates through AlertSF, text COVID19SF to 888-777. 

California Academy of Sciences
Behind-the-Scenes Animal Care

While the Academy is temporarily closed during this difficult time, our biologists are still attending to the nearly 40,000 animals in our care. Tune into our
HD webcams daily and try to catch live feedings with our African penguins, and be mesmerized by the colorful array of fish in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Plus, keep up with more delightful animal stories on social media.

Museum From Home

Our commitment to providing free, high-quality resources to our community is stronger than ever. Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain yourself, the kids at home, or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, enjoy this curated array of activities that will help keep you engaged, wherever you are. 

City Nature Challenge

Looking for outdoor activities to keep you stimulated while at home? Join the
City Nature Challenge starting April 23rd and safely document biodiversity—whether that’s on a hike, in a backyard, or out a window with the iNaturalist app. Knowing what species are in our city helps us study and protect them, so join the citizen science effort!

Asian Art Museum
Seated Buddha Amida 

Spend time with Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise seated on a lotus, in a meditative art experience. Experience this meditation led by Dr. Jeffrey Durham, Associate Curator of Himalayan Art.

Take a Virtual Hike

Take a mental trip to China's famous Mount Yandang with masterful artist Chang Dai-chien. The artist reminds us that physical separation does not prevent us from enjoying beauty together.

Print-at-Home Coloring Pages

Stretch your creativity and relax your mind by coloring these pages inspired by the mural on view at the Village Artist Corner, The Goddesses and the Art of Compassionate Wrath by local artists Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong. Download coloring pages here.
Children's Council Virtual Resources
At Children's Council, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our city's families during this difficult time. So, we're taking our popular Parent and Caregiver programs online!
Join us for FREE family fun, learning activities and social connections that will lift your spirit and build your child development skills. All families and caregivers welcome. RSVP now!

Please note: if you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you'll just need to click on the link on the event page or reminder email you'll be receiving. If you're using a mobile device, you'll need to install the Zoom app to participate. 

Virtual Playgroups

Tue, Apr 7: 10:30 - 11am
Special guest "Teacher Bill" from Happy Baby Signs, who will lead a special Baby Sign Language workshop. This interactive class will include signs for the whole family, plus songs, games and time for questions and feedback. Designed for 0-6 year-olds and their parents/caregivers.

RSVP now!

Virtual Parent Café

Wed, Apr 1: 5 - 6pm
Build supportive relationships with other families while learning how to better manage the stress of parenting, particularly during these difficult days. Enjoy engaging with your peers and our child development experts.

RSVP now!

Virtual New & Expecting Moms Group

Thu, Apr 2: 11 - 11:30am
If you're a new or expecting mommy and feeling stressed, we're here for you with group discussion and interactive activities. Build new relationships and support communication between you and your child. Our facilitator is a new mom herself, with a background in social psychology and adult/child education. 

RSVP now!
de Young and Legion of Honor Museums

The amount of time we spend at home has multiplied since the Bay Area's shelter-in-place order was announced. In a sense, we have been asked to fit our world into our living quarters. Home might feel constraining, too isolated, or out of order. Why not leap into a painting?


Art Project: Windows as Viewfinders

Take a tour of your home, studying the views from each of your windows. With each view, quietly consider: what do you notice, what shapes do you see, and how do these shapes layer and intersect? Select the window that appeals most to you. Using pencil and paper, create a contour drawing—a drawing consisting only of outlines. When creating your drawing, give your eye time to study the shapes that you see, then investigate how the shapes layer upon one another. Experiment with different thicknesses of line, as Diebenkorn did.

We want to showcase your creativity! Send a photo of your drawing to Please include your full name, city of residence, and a sentence or two about your work. Deadline for submission: April 3, 2020.

Links We Love

OEWD Employee Resources

Employee Resources

Utilities Support

Childcare and Family Support

Disability and Aging Services
HSA service center lobbies are temporarily closed in response to public health guidance to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

We are still available to meet your essential service needs without interruption by phone, online, and email. Our representatives are ready to answer your requests for benefits and information.

Call (415) 355-6700 or TTY (415) 355-6756 for all information and referrals for services, including home meal delivery. More information at
Emergency Volunteer Sign-up
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer program

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) program was created in a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco and the Shanti Project. CERV volunteers provide one-time or occasional support to older and vulnerable adults, who have been strongly advised to not leave their home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Examples of support CERV volunteers can provide:
  •     Grocery shopping
  •     Delivering medication and other essentials
  •     Assisting with garbage disposal
  •     Mail pickup
How to sign up

Volunteers must be in good health and under the age of 60. To sign up, email or call (415) 674-4701.  

All volunteers will receive training and must adhere to all of San Francisco's laws and rules about coronavirus.  

More information is also available at
Volunteer Sign-up: Medical Professionals
For medical professionals

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking licensed medical professionals to volunteer with DPH’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Individuals with current licenses should register with the State of California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site. All licensed medical professionals are encouraged to register.

Once registered, prospective volunteers will be contacted for their availability and called in for processing.

Volunteers will support DPH in a variety of non-hospital services responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
YMCA Virtual Wellness and Classes
The majority of our programs are closed during the COVID-19 Public Health Order. See here for at home wellness resources including live virtual classes led by Y of SF instructors.
Food Assistance
If you or anyone you know is in need of food assistance during this difficult time, please visit  to find resources near you and apply.

SFUSD is also providing a variety of free meal options to students and families.
Mental Health Resources

This is an incredibly difficult time for our city, and many of us are experiencing significant uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Below is a list of resources that provide useful strategies and support to help maintain and improve our mental health.

I would like to thank my colleagues, Supervisors Catherine Stefani and Hillary Ronen, for compiling these resources. 

Additional Resources

Find free meals for children

Find out about emergency childcare centers

Find information about SFMTA service changes and parking enforcement

Get City help if your business or employment is impacted by COVID-19

Find City services that are open during the coronavirus outbreak

View guidance for essential businesses

View California State Treasurer Fiona Ma's Small Business Resource List

Access YMCA virtual classes and wellness resources


Stay informed: Text COVID19SF to 888-777 for text message alerts. Call 311 or visit for more information. 

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