At Barker Realty, our mission is to help home buyers and sellers in Santa Fe and beyond achieve their real estate goals. Nearest and dearest to our hearts is the Santa Fe community we call home. While our brokers are fully up and running serving clients, we never stop thinking about how we can support the Santa Fe community as the country enters the sixth month of COVID-19.
There’s a lot we can to help our fellow Santa Feans during this challenging time, so we wanted to share our findings. For starters . . .
Follow CDC Guidelines and Wear a Mask
One thing we can do to protect others is to wear a face mask, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This CDC resource provides a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about the use of masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Practice Social Distancing
We’re all working to slow the spread of the coronavirus by keeping socially distant. At the same time, Santa Feans need to work and attend to personal business. The City of Santa Fe stayed one step ahead of us by posting a terrific resource called How to Get Things Done Without Coming to a City Building. Here’s where you can find out how to apply for a building permit, renew a business license, arrange for Meals on Wheels, and more, all online or by phone or email.
Make a Financial Donation
Santa Feans have rallied around a number of organizations that are supporting those who are most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Financial donations in any amount can help fight hunger, stock food pantries, provide housing assistance, and fund health services for families, children, and seniors.
Santa Fe Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Support and Resources
SFCF has collected links to a number of area nonprofits and organizations including the Empty Pantry Fund, the Early Childhood COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, and the Native American Advised Fund.
Santa Fe Mutual Aid
This grassroots effort supports the community with food, medicine, and housing costs.
United Way of Santa Fe County
UWSFC provides COVID-19 support services to families, health professionals, and first responders.
The Food Depot’s COVID-19 Response
With a vision of hunger-free communities in northern New Mexico, the Food Depot works to distribute food throughout nine counties. In April alone, the organization distributed 1,003,962 pounds of food, enough for 836,635 meals.
Volunteer Your Time and Energy
Volunteer opportunities in Santa Fe County include:
The Food Depot
Volunteers at the Food Depot are needed to sort and repack donated food, deliver meals, and run food drives.
Volunteer to prepare and deliver meals to homebound residents in Northern New Mexico communities.
More Ways to Support the Community
United Way of Santa Fe County offers an extensive UWSFC Resource Guide for Families that covers child care, food relief, jobs and unemployment, and utilities shut-offs.
Meow Wolf has a comprehensive Santa Fe and New Mexico COVID-19 Resource Guide with some of the resources we’ve included above.
The State of New Mexico I Need Assistance resource guide offers help for New Mexican residents experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The City of Santa Fe Culture Connects Coalition has launched an artist relief fund help Santa Fe County artists recoup financial losses due to cancelled events because of the COVID-19.
Lastly, we’ll close with a link to our April 2020 blog post with resources for help offered, help wanted, and ideas for enjoying time at home.
We’re proud of the community spirit coming through loud and clear during this extraordinary time in our history. If there’s a ever a time to applaud The City Different, it’s now! Stay healthy, and if we can help you with any real estate needs, please contact us!