The Mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs, established the Stockton Strong Health Crisis Emergency Response Fund, or Stockton Strong, to aid Stockton residents during the current global pandemic. The City of Stockton announced a $1.2 million assistance fund, plus a $1 million fund from the state government to support the local homeless community. To amplify these efforts, Mayor Tubbs reached out to individuals and philanthropic organizations in the private sector, including Comcast, to match existing funds. Mayor Tubbs raised $600,000 in cash donations with another $400,000 in pledges on the way. Comcast was delighted to be able to contribute to this fund and provide help to the Stockton community.
The Fund will help the community using the following criteria:
- Being a Good Neighbor: Support for low-income, food-insecure and unhoused families who are most severely affected, and the nonprofit partners that serve them.
- Empowering Small Businesses: Support for highly impacted small businesses and their workforce.
- Relief for Frontline Workers: Ensure that healthcare frontline workers are equipped to meet the increased demands and pressures of the current pandemic.
- Investing Directly in Those Most Impacted: Provide immediate, cash payments, based on 2019 tax returns, to low- and middle-income families, who are impacted by the current health crisis.
- Increasing the Communication Capacity of Local Government: In a time of crisis, it is important that government entities have the tools and resources to distribute information in a timely and effective manner.
“The Stockton Strong Health Crisis Emergency Response Fund gives us additional support outside of relying solely on taxpayer dollars to assist our residents. The message we want to send to the community is that help is on the way,” said Mayor Tubbs.
The Stockton Strong Health Crisis Emergency Response Fund will partner with the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, which will serve as the fiscal sponsor. Nonprofits can receive grants ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 with funds coming as early as May.
“The Community Foundation of San Joaquin is proud to partner with Mayor Michael Tubbs and the Stockton Strong coalition during this critical time for our community,” said Moses Zapein, CEO and President of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin. “This fund will help provide much needed philanthropic capital to support our local nonprofits.”
To learn more about the fund or donate visit stocktonstrong.org.