Assist the Pomona Valley Coronavirus Emergency Fund and Help Families in Need
Many families in our community have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. These families cannot pay for food, rent, utilities, and other necessities. We are grateful to Uncommon Good and its partnership with other local nonprofit organizations, places of worship and individual donors. These teams created the Pomona Valley Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help local families in need, many unable to receive unemployment. Please read below to learn how you can assist the Pomona Valley Coronavirus Emergency Fund.
But first, we want you to know about the amazing things Uncommon Good does for our community.
Who is Uncommon Good?
Uncommon Good is a 501d (C)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization located in Claremont, CA. The organization empowers families through education, medicine, and the environment. Uncommon Good’s mission is “to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and to work for the restoration of our planet.” The organization accomplishes its mission by helping underprivileged children succeed in school and go to college. It also supports young doctors who are bringing health and wellness into underserved communities. And Uncommon Good has a variety of environmental initiatives. How specifically does Uncommon Good help in each of these areas?
Connect to College (CCC) / CAUSA Program
Connect to College serves over 1,000 low-income students and their parents. Starting in the 4th grade, students receive one-to-one mentoring, tutoring, educational enrichment and leadership training. Students also have access to community service opportunities and receive extensive help preparing for and applying to college. Parents get social services, educational opportunities, and leadership training. 100% of Uncommon Good students go to college, even as 41.5% of their socio-economic peers are dropping out of high school.
The CAUSA program is an urban farm enterprise that produces organically grown fruits and vegetables for CCC families and the community at large. CAUSA stands for Community Alliance for Urban Sustainable Agriculture Program. This food production program started together with the low-income families it serves. CAUSA feeds the hungry, provides community education, and supplies the local community with high quality organic fruits and vegetables.
CAUSA consists of a network of dozens of urban farm plots in Claremont, Pomona, Ontario and Covina. One is at Temple Beth Israel and another is at Claremont Presbyterian Church. The others are on public school campuses and private home plots. Dozens more homeowners participate by allowing Uncommon Good to harvest their unused backyard fruit.
CAUSA Food Distribution
Half of the food grown is sold to the community from Uncommon Good’s office, Monday through Saturday. Selling food provides an income stream to the growers and helps sustain the program. Local members of the community as well as restaurants purchase food from the program. Delivery is available for Claremont residents. You can find out more or place an order for delivery or pick up here.
The other half of program food is given for free to the families served by Uncommon Good who cannot otherwise afford fresh produce. (In today’s coronavirus pandemic, the amount given away for free is closer to 75%.) Uncommon Good pays a living wage and benefits to the farmers who are fathers of children in the education program. The farm plots also serve as real world learning laboratories. The laboratories are for science subjects and small business development skills for the students and parents served by Uncommon Good.
Medicine for the Economically Disadvantaged (MED)
This program helps idealistic doctors, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists repay their educational loans, some nearly $800,000. This help is provided so they can accept the lowest paying jobs in the medical profession. The lowest paying jobs are those that serve the poor in community clinics throughout the southland. MED also has a health career pipeline. Here, Uncommon Good students are introduced to careers in medicine and helped to prepare for medical school.
Whole Earth Building (WEB)
WEB is Uncommon Good’s office. It is the first commercial earthbag building. This means it was built by filling sandbags with earth and stacking them to create the walls. The ceilings are also made of earth. WEB is on the property that is the exact location where the first people settled in the region as long as 15,000 years ago. WEB was built by Uncommon Good staff, children, parents, and hundreds of community members. It continues to receive visitors from every continent except Antarctica. Visitors learn about how to create buildings that keep people safe from natural disasters and do not harm the earth.
The Pomona Valley Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Uncommon Good remains open to serve those who need assistance and cannot receive unemployment. Since the coronavirus epidemic, Uncommon Good has expanded its offerings with nonperishable donations. It is now giving away food to more families than normal. Uncommon Good is giving food to anyone who is hungry.
How can you support the fund right now?
- Give a donation online. You can go online here to the fund’s donation page. Make sure to designate your donation to the Pomona fund.
- Mail a donation. You can mail a check to Uncommon Good at 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711. Again, please designate your donation to the Pomona fund.
- Donate food. You can donate food – including your extra backyard fruit. Donations can be dropped off at the Whole Earth Building Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm. Uncommon Good can also harvest your fruit. Call (909) 625-2248 to do so.
Thank you for supporting Uncommon Good!
For other helpful information, please see the Coronavirus Resources page on The Law Offices of Scott Glovsky website.