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FAQ COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

Last updated 12-1-21

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.

We follow strict CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation.

B1C Covid-19 Vaccine Event:

In partnership with Community Health Centers and the City of Stamford, B1C will run a Covid-19 Vaccine clinic for ages 5 and older on Sunday, December 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Register here.

The Pfizer Vaccine will be administered. All are welcome for first shot or booster, no need to have insurance. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

We will have holiday surprises for the whole family!

B1C Statement Regarding Covid-19 Protocols

In accordance with public health guidance, B1C strongly encourages the community to receive an FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine, unless advised otherwise by a health care provider.

As of November 15, 2021, B1C will require all B1C employees to receive a full set of Covid-19 vaccines or be subject to weekly testing.
We are also asking that all B1C volunteers working at our physical facility be fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021. Volunteers may choose to volunteer remotely if they are not vaccinated.
We strongly encourage all participants and B1C visitors to receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

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.

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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