Covid 19 Relief and Support For Avondale!
Thanks to our incredible partnership with The Colorado Trust, whom is our funder, we were able to provide the following much needed support to our community:
"Thank you" is just not a big enough phrase to show our gratitude.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 parents of students who attend School District 70 were informed that the schools would be converting to a Remote/Online Learning Plan for students.
The Avondale Resident Team (ART) immediately sent the following e-mail to our County Commissioners and School District 70:
"As you know, the Avondale Resident Team has been addressing the need for improved or enhanced access to technology (internet/wi-fi). With your help, we were able to get open wi-fi access at McHarg Park Community Center, which is now closed. In District 70’s plan, all classroom instructions will be on-line.
This poses a significant issue for rural communities, such as Avondale and Boone, where a significant amount of our students and families have no, limited and/or inadequate internet connectivity. We are facing the worst-case scenario exposing our inability to educate the “technology have nots.”
What’s the solution for those students who are in greatest need? We want a collaborative approach with our elected officials and education leaders to provide a solution to this issue.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing back from all of you in the immediate future."
We shared the information from District 70 and our concerns with Ms. Wiseman, SECOM Area Sales Manager, who has worked with the Avondale Resident Team and Pueblo County Commissioners, on a project that updated the wi-fi capabilities at McHarg Park Community Center in Avondale.
Thank you Pueblo County Commissioners and SECOM!
The Avondale Resident Team would like to thank Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz for calling us within minutes of receiving the e-mail to discuss our concerns and Commissioners Wiseman and Hart for their continued support of the ART. Thank you to Teri Wiseman and SECOM for making the pictured internet packages available for home schooling in our area! Thank you all for ensuring that the students in our communities will have a fair opportunity to continue their education in an equitable manner.
2020 Census Field Operations Resume in Colorado
Census workers to wear PPE
Denver, CO - The U.S. Census Bureau is resuming 2020 Census field operations in Colorado next week. For the health and safety of Census employees and the public, field staff will observe social distancing protocols and will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
U.S. Census Bureau field employees will begin dropping off 2020 Census invitation packets at front doors of households in areas that do not receive mail at their homes. This field operation follows current federal health and safety guidelines and does not require interaction between households and Census Bureau employees.
Households that receive the 2020 Census invitation packets are strongly encouraged to respond promptly - using the census ID included in the questionnaire packet. Coloradans can still respond online, by phone, or by completing and returning the paper form by mail. Responding online with the Census ID or completing and returning the paper questionnaire helps ensure an accurate count of Colorado communities.
ABOUT THE 2020 CENSUS
It has never been easier to respond to the #2020Census on your own - all without having to meet a census taker. Respond today and make Colorado the state with the highest #2020Census self-response rate in the nation! Go to 2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.
The 2020 Census is important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, inform hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
The current deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is October 31, 2020.
The Census Bureau is also resuming fingerprinting for new census takers to keep applicants moving through the hiring process. Census staff will also return to Colorado’s four Area Census Offices to support the field operation.
Check HERE For updates on field operations by location. This webpage will be updated weekly as field operations resume in phases across the United States.
Later this year, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to send census takers to visit Colorado households that have not responded to the 2020 Census to help them complete questionnaires.
The Avondale Resident Team is a non-profit, community led advocacy movement based in Avondale, Colorado.
All children and families have opportunities for growth and development
Valuing our history is significant
Our community is friendly and welcoming
Necessity of knowledge and technology is important to us
Direct partnerships with government and key stakeholders are always maintained
Access to health care and community services are central to our health and well-being
Living with hope and prosperity
Everyone is treated with respect and dignity
We are engaging our three target populations to ensure the voices of the under-served are being heard.
Youth: Middle and High School
We have formed an Avondale Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) consisting of middle and high school students. Some members are also part of the Spanish speaking community allowing us to form a bridge to the Spanish speaking community at large.
Members of this age group are actively participating on the ART. The members of the group have attended multiple capacity building trainings, i.e., Advocacy and Language Justice. The most significant event held for this group has been the work with the El Pueblo History Museum, Avondale Memory Project. Numerous elders and their families were able to share their family histories with photographs dating back to 1904.
Our community integration efforts are reaping rewards with the success of our first AYLC Parent's Night. During our parent's night we put into action our language justice training by utilizing interpretation equipment. Thus, allowing the Spanish speaking parents the opportunity to actively participate and provide their input into what they would like to see in our yr. 2 Implementation Plan.
We Are Avondale
Avondale is a community where opportunity and equity are created for all. It is a safe and proud community where respect is gained through creative leadership and accomplishments are achieved through collective advocacy. We are building a better tomorrow by encouraging a productive environment for everyone. Our success is built upon hard working leaders who are welcoming and dedicated to the community of Avondale. To know the greatness of Avondale, is to know the community, it's families and it's people!