The Pandemic Pause - time to help!
Here is press coverage of our pandemic work.
The world of Covid has imposed a variety of challenges upon the world. The challenges of these times have affected me personally. However, they have also shown me what makes this community special — our collective resolve to help each other. When the COVID-19 crisis hit our area in March 2020, I immediately suspended our campaign and repurposed our grassroots team to help our neighbors. We started dropping flyers in neighborhoods asking if any help was needed. For me, it was a very easy decision. I explained to my campaign team what I’ve believed my entire life: when we’re in crisis, we help!
Once I saw the success of our initial outreach, my campaign organized an official team to continue the good work of community assistance. We called it the Neighborhood Pandemic Preparedness Team (NPPT), modeled after the Neighborhood Safety Watch program, and we were able to empower new neighborhood and youth leaders to help their own communities through this pandemic.
Our first task was to reach out to the senior citizens of our district during shelter-in-place to make sure that all their needs were met — whether it was picking up prescriptions or delivering groceries, we had a neighborhood volunteer ready and excited to do it. Neighbors also started sending emails and walking door to door leaving flyers saying "I can help." Others pulled out their sewing machines to make masks* for medical professionals fighting the pandemic on the front lines. We also managed to hold over 25 town hall meetings with healthcare professionals, stimulus package experts, college admission counselors, and more via the daily Reality Check with Rishi series. These town halls provided career advice for those laid-off and grappling for answers, information to local businesses regarding loan applications and how to make use of the stimulus package, and college admissions counseling to parents and students worried about a post COVID-19 world.
During this pandemic, our team of interns and adult volunteers have helped thousands of neighbors:
Through the NPPT, I have seen what makes America special — neighbors helping neighbors. Americans everywhere have brought the best of their intellect, energy, and “can-do” attitude to swoop into action and make a difference in this fight. The American spirit is shining brightly in the darkness. That is the story of COVID-19.
The NPPT is still here, ready to help neighbors in need. In times of crisis, we are committed to reaching out to every single person in our district. If you have a need, or would like to join the team, please contact us.
I am emboldened with this opportunity to truly serve and be of assistance. My primary responsibility will always be to the constituents of this district, and I look forward to collaborating with you as we take on the tough challenges.
Below you will find a few of my favorite stories from the pandemic
- Rishi Kumar -
As we practice social isolation during the Coronavirus crisis, face-to-face town hall meetings are not possible, but that doesn't mean that Rishi doesn't want to hear from you. Now more than ever. Join our weekday 6:30pm videocast and discuss Silicon Valley's most pressing issues. Find the video archives in the Reality Check with Rishi page.
Find the “Senior Section” section in the Coronavirus Newsletter above.
Find the “Family Fun and Education” section in the Coronavirus Newsletter above.
Nothing is more critical than the health of your family. Please quarantine yourself at home as much as possible as this virus has a long incubation period. Do not venture out to meet seniors or family members as you or your child may be a carrier. You can look fine but be a carrier.
Do you want to help your neighbors who are high-risk and quarantined? We can help you organize a Neighborhood Pandemic Preparedness Team (NPPT) for your neighborhood. Submit your information below and we will invite you to our daily noon for the on-boarding process.