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FAQ COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

Last updated 1-5-22

GENERAL OPERATIONS

What are the current hours of operations for Building One Community?

B1C is open to the public: Monday - Thursday from 8 AM to 7 PM; Friday and Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM; Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Beginning January 10th, everyone entering B1C’s facilities beyond the reception area will be required to show proof of vaccination.

To ensure everyone's safety, we are still requiring that staff and visitors wear masks indoors at B1C and follow social distancing when possible. Please refrain from asking others about their vaccination status or plans, as some people might have medical considerations that they don't wish to share.

We follow strict CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation.

B1C Statement Regarding Covid-19 Protocols

To ensure everyone’s safety during this unprecedented time, we follow CDC guidelines and take strong safety precautions for everyone who comes to B1C. As of January 10, 2022, everyone that enters our facility beyond the reception area must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this includes staff, students, volunteers, and any other program participants, as well as children eligible to get the vaccine. Staff and visitors must wear masks indoors at B1C and, follow social distancing at all times. These measures will be reinforced by B1C’s personnel.

You can enter our physical facility (past the reception area) on and after January 10, 2022, if you:

  • Show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least double-vaccinated). This can be in the form of your physical vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card.
  • ARE NOT experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • In the past 14 days, HAVE NOT been in close contact (6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or more) with: Anyone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 or anyone who has any of the symptoms above.
  • ARE NOT currently isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19, or have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • ARE NOT waiting for COVID-19 test results due to possible exposure.

If you need to pick up or drop off a document and do not need to go past the reception desk, you will not need to show proof of vaccination.

Please contact the front desk at 203.674.8585, if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Are programs and events canceled?

At the beginning of the pandemic, most of our onsite programs moved online. Over time we offered limited in-person programming to a small number of people for whom internet connectivity was a special challenge. This summer and fall, as conditions have improved, we have again expanded our in-person offerings modestly. We will continue to monitor pandemic conditions with an eye toward further on-site expansion where it can be done with the highest standards of safety for everyone. Please check our social media and website for updates. 

Who may we contact for additional information from B1C?

Please contact our program areas by phone or email.

  • Volunteer Information - [email protected]
    If you are interested in helping out, please contact our volunteer department.
  • ELL Information - 203.883.2098 or [email protected]
    We currently only offer small, socially distanced, classes onsite.
    Our online ELL program is in full swing. Please reach out if you would like to participate.
    To all our English language learners, we suggest that you use the following FREE Apps to continue to learn and practice - Learn to Speak English, Speaking English Practice, English Listening & Quiz, and English Vocabulary Practice. To all our program volunteers, please see the section below on how you can continue to help.
  • Family & Individual Services Information - 475.419.5340, 203.832.0755 or 203.883.2065 or [email protected].
    We understand that our program participants may need more help now than ever before.
    For the safety of everyone, we are offering consultations by telecommunication, phone calls, and in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment ONLY. We are working hard to provide program participants with updates and resources.
    We are administering two assistance funds for local residents: State rental assistance program, and an independent private fund for emergency situations
    In the educational realm, our successful Homework Club has moved online. Our hands-on STEAM program, taught in collaboration with the Bruce Museum, is taught onsite.  
  • POWER Information - 203.550.1559 or [email protected]
    All scheduled POWER meetings will continue to meet via phone and video conferencing. Parents will receive instructions on how to meet using their phones and computers.
    In addition, we have launched a successful Homework Club online to help children with online learning.
  • Immigration Legal Services - 203.674.8585 ext. 109, 203.391.408 or [email protected]
    We are scheduling telephone and Zoom consultations on all immigration-related issues, and we continue to work on cases with new and existing clients. We offer a free Virtual Q&A with an Immigration Attorney once a month to answer your questions via Zoom that is open to all. Please contact [email protected] to request a consultation or more information. For emergency immigration legal issues, call 203.391.4084.
  • Workforce Development – For the Hiring Site please contact 203.252.7044 or [email protected] and for Skills Development & Outreach please contact [email protected]  or 475.333.9216.
    At this time, many of our programs are running remotely with a few exceptions on site. We are keeping program participants informed through WhatsApp. We are also actively trying to find ways to promote indirect jobs in the community that can benefit our day workers while social distancing.

HOW CAN WE HELP

Hundreds of our local immigrant families are facing a chaotic and stressful time. Many have been living paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have savings or support systems to help them. We hope you will support our efforts to work together not to let our community down when they need us the most.

How can YOU support us?

Please note that we cannot accept any physical drop-offs of food donations at B1C. We are currently collecting Winter Essentials through an Amazon Wish List.

  • Financial Contributions to Support All Our Work - Please consider a donation to support our efforts. We are ready to take all necessary actions to help our community. We have also launched a COVID-19 Response Fund, which is currently supporting the community through a rental relief program. Please join us in supporting our efforts. Donate today!
  • Hire a Day Worker - COVID-19 is impacting our community's day workers tremendously. They rely on jobs to feed their families and cover necessary healthcare costs. If you have any jobs that do not require direct contact (for example, backyard clean-up, outside painting, etc.), please consider reaching out to us so that we can refer you to day workers. We will help organize transportation. Or perhaps you have other ways that you would like to support these workers. Please contact [email protected], if you would like to help.
  • Volunteer – If you’d like to find out about our current volunteer opportunities please contact [email protected]. 

HOW TO STAY UPDATED

How can I stay up to date with announcements and important information from B1C?

Please make sure to follow us on all social media outlets linked at the top and bottom of this page, check our website, and sign up for our newsletter. We will continue to use these three communication vehicles to distribute information.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Important Community Phone Number and Resources:

Stamford Health COVID-19 hotline at 203.276.4111, 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

Please click here to be connected to the latest updates from the City of Stamford. Here you can find out information regarding the latest COVID-19 testing sites.

Click here to view our comprehensive COVID-19 Safety booklet.

If you feel sick, you should call the Stamford Health Hotline or make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19. Click here for updated locations.

We recommend to check the following links for more information:

A BIG thank you for staying informed and supporting B1C.

Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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