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Disaster is defined as any natural or human-caused event resulting in damage, loss, hardship, or suffering. Disasters can affect individual households, local communities, regions, states, or the entire nation. When a disaster occurs, neighbors and community organizations want to reach out and help. During a disaster, organizing a community response may be hindered by the chaotic nature of that event. Communities are better served if a Community VOAD – ie: Operation Community Cares, is in place for collaboration, coordination, communication, and cooperation, long before a disaster strikes.
Green Bay households lack the funds to withstand a sudden loss in wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore do not have the ability to purchase food and other basic needs items. Many households may lack transportation to grocery stores or pantries, and/or cannot or should not leave their homes.
Operation Community Cares exists to assist those in recovery from the pademic, and will assist in the future when called upon.
As we make our way back to "normal" and regular assistance programs open back up; OCC will be assisting those locate resources
Beginning June 19, 2020 OCC will only be referring those in need to. Please contact our resource orgnaizations to receive a referral to continue recieving assistance.
Where do I start - How do I receive assistance?If you 211 will connect you to the appropriate support agency for further review. Special circumstances will be granted to agencies by contacting 211 directly. Visit https://www.occwi.org/register-for-assistance for more information
Can I drop-off items to donate?Unfortunately, we are unable to accept individual item donations at this time. To reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, we do not want to promote items being handled in multiple different homes. If you would like to contribute to your community and our cause, we do accept monetary donations to purchase other items that are needed! Click here to donate.
How can I volunteer?As our community transitions back normal, our partner organizations are opening their doors and looking for volunteers! Please visit our partners page to research some awesome local organizations who could use your help. Please register here to let us know your availability, and we can get help you get in contact with our partners.
What is OCC planning for the future?Operation Community Cares was design in order to respond to COVID-19, and assist those in need while resources became scarce and hard to acquire in our community. In the future, OCC will be called upon during times of need to help our partner organizations serve the community. Donations received will be used to purchase items that are in most demand.
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