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Saturday, May 30, 2020

全美亞裔總商會下一代分會"重新開業" 5/30九小時分享會


中華民國(台灣)政府捐口罩五萬 助新罕布夏州抗疫


波士頓經文處處長徐佑典(左一)把來自台灣的口罩送給新罕布夏州
州政府,由該州參議長(左二)眾議長(左三)參議院交通委員會主席
(右一)代表接受。(波士頓經文處提供)
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典(中)送交口罩給曼徹斯特市長
Joyce_Craig(左一)。(波士頓經文處提供)
(TECO Boston)為響應新罕布夏州(NH)州長蘇努努(Chris Sununu)支援新州醫護人員個人防護裝備需求的呼籲,駐波士頓辦事處徐處長佑典代表中華民國政府於本(109)529日捐贈新州政府五萬片醫療用口罩。
上揭口罩已轉交新州安全廳(Department of Safety),後續將由新州政府陸續分送予第一線醫療照護人員使用,以實際行動展現台灣協助新州政府共同抗疫! 捐贈儀式於該廳戶外廣場舉行,在州政府安全廳官員Paul Raymond Jr.Judith Emmert及州參議會交通委員會主席David Watters見證下,由參議會議長Donna Soucy及眾議會議長Steve Shurtleff共同代表州政府接受並致感謝詞
            蔡英文總統在本年四月初宣布,在台美醫療合作架構下,台灣除每週提供美聯邦政府十萬片口罩外,並再捐贈美國各州數量不等之醫療用口罩共同抗疫。台灣雖迄今無法參與世界衛生組織(WHO),但我們堅信防疫無國界,國際社會應該團結起來,彼此幫助,協力共度這場史無前例的全球危機。
           台灣與新州一向享有深厚友誼及長遠合作。此次捐贈的五萬片口罩全部均為台灣製造,並由台灣直接運抵新州,更為新州政府在疫情爆發後,首次接獲之外國政府直接援贈。台灣珍視與新州的夥伴關係,將繼續共同攜手合作,一同度過難關。
     除了前述的捐贈之外,本處也捐贈給新州州議會及新州最大城曼徹斯特市政府各10,500片醫療用口罩,曼市市長Joyce Craig也特別在該市消防局廣場所舉行之受贈典禮中對來自台灣的愛心表示由衷感謝。

Friday, May 29, 2020

餐飲住宿業 週一起將可復業 州政府公佈規定


麻州州長查理貝克宣布下週進入第二階段復業。
                            (Boston Orange)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)529日公佈餐飲住宿業復業準則,並預告66日將決定,包括餐飲業和住宿業的第二階段復業何時開始。
            麻州的復業四階段計畫,預計每階段3星期,強調在容量,人數等方面仍有限制中逐步開放。
第一階段復業,從518日起,先容許必要企業,製造業,建築業恢復營業,525日開始,實驗室,辦公室,諸如理髮,寵物剪毛,洗車等少數個人服務業,以及可遠距完成,路邊提貨的零售業等可以開始復業,61日波士頓市的辦公室可以恢復開門。
麻州政府復業第二階段概要。
                 第二階段復業,預定6月6日開始實施,麻州政府在529日公告,將於週一(61日)發表行政命令,公佈每一階段的復業細節。該命令也將容許第二階段的企業讓員工回去,為復業做準備。在這命令下,專業體育隊在遵循公共衛生安全規定的情況下,可以開始在他們自己的場地內練習,不過所有這些場地仍然禁止向公眾開放。
                   針對餐飲及住宿業,麻州政府公佈了工作場所安全標準,包括社交距離,衛生規則,人員、營運及清潔和消毒等四大類規定。
                 餐飲業將可在第二階段中先開始提供戶外用餐,然後在第二階段的稍後時期,視公共衛生數據狀況開始提供室內用餐。不過,就算已准許在室內用餐了,政府仍鼓勵所有餐館使用戶外空間。
                社交距離的指導原則包括每張桌子必須相隔6英尺,一桌最多6個人,除了用來放桌子座位之外,不准開放吧檯。依照衛生規定,所有的餐具和餐牌都必須遵循嚴格衛生標準,在每一次使用時保持清潔。建議預約訂位並使用無接觸付款方式,並鼓勵就座後用手機或發短信下單點菜。
              餐廳侍應生必須戴口罩,顧客入店時也必須戴口罩,但在用餐時不必戴口罩。餐廳必須記錄來電用餐者的聯絡資訊,以備必要時可作接觸追蹤。
            麻州政府期望餐館遵循聯邦疾管署的指導原則,包括一旦發現COVID-19個案,馬上暫時歇業。
                 完整的餐館業指導原則可上網查找https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants
                酒店,汽車旅館,以及其他的住宿事業將可在第二階段擴大營業,相關標準適用於所有形式的住宿業,包括酒店,汽車旅館,客棧,睡床與早餐店,Airbnb RBO等短期出租住宅業,
             諸如舞廳,會議室等活動空間將仍須保持關閉。住宿業內的餐廳。游泳池,運動室,水療室,高爾夫球場,以及其他設備,只在符合復業計畫的授權下開放營業。
                住宿業者必須在有人從外州來時,通知所有顧客,關於麻州勸旅客自我隔離14天的政策。
            查看餐廳及住宿業工作場所安全指導原則,可上網https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts#sector-specific-protocols-and-best-practices- 
查詢復業的相關流程,可上網 www.mass.gov/reopening

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Phase II of Re-opening Plan, Releases Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging 

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration provided an update on the Reopening Massachusetts plan and preparations for Phase II. The Administration will determine the start of Phase II on June 6th.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker will issue an executive order with a detailed list of sectors that fall into each phase. The order will allow Phase II businesses to bring back employees in preparation for re-opening. Through this order, professional sports teams can begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules that all the leagues are developing. Facilities remain closed to the public.


Learn more about the reopening process: www.mass.gov/reopening

Restaurant and Lodging Guidance: The Administration today issued workplace safety standards for restaurants and lodging. These workplace specific safety standards are organized around four distinct categories covering Social Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations and Cleaning and Disinfecting.

Restaurants: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants.

Social distancing guidance includes spacing tables six feet apart with a maximum party size of six people. The use of bars, except for spaced table seating, will not be permitted. For hygiene protocols, utensils and menus should be kept clean through single use or with strict sanitation guidelines, reservations or call ahead seating is recommended and contactless payment, mobile ordering or text on arrival for seating will also be encouraged.

Restaurants will be expected to follow cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, in accordance with CDC guidance. This includes closing an establishment temporarily if there is a case of COVID-19 in an establishment.

For full restaurant guidance, click here.

Lodging: Hotels, motels and other lodging businesses will be allowed to expand their operations in Phase II. Lodging safety standards apply to all forms of lodging including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, short term residential rentals including Airbnb and VRBO.

Event spaces, like ballrooms and meeting rooms, will remain closed. On-site restaurants, pools, gyms, spas, golf courses and other amenities at lodging sites may operate only as these categories are authorized to operate in accordance with the phased re-opening plan. Lodging operators also must inform guests of the Commonwealth’s policy urging travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving from out-of-state.

For full lodging guidance, click here.

On May 18th, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽改網上舉行

           (Boston Orange )波士頓體育會(BAA)(28)日正式宣佈,第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽將轉為網上舉行,之前已報名參加原定420日舉行的本屆馬拉松賽者,都可在97日至14日的波士頓馬拉松週內,以虛擬方式參賽。
            新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)疫情三月份在波士頓漸趨嚴重之後,波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)和波士頓體育會不斷來回討論,後來暫定延期至914日舉行,但疫情迄今仍未緩和多少,疾病專家們還頻頻預測可能會有第二波,波士頓市長馬丁華殊因此於日前宣佈,波士頓馬拉松賽今年不辦了。
           日前宣佈,礙於新型冠狀病毒疫情仍未消散,今年波士頓不辦馬拉松賽。波士頓體育會宣佈本屆的第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽將以虛擬方式舉行,並在97日至14日的波士頓馬拉松週期間,舉辦一系列虛擬活動。
            波士頓體育會執行長Tom Grilk表示,該會的優先考慮也一直是社區,工作人員與參賽者,觀賽者,支持者的健康,現在既然不能在9月時把世界帶到波士頓來,他們計畫把波士頓帶到世界去,創造一個歷史性的第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽。
            原本已報名參加本屆賽事的所有參賽者,該會將把所有參賽相關費用都退還給他們,並給他們機會已虛擬方式參加第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽,也就是在97日至14日之間的任何時間都可以跑馬拉松,也有機會參加在九月的馬拉松週期間舉行的一系列活動,藉以把波士頓馬拉松經驗經由參賽者帶到美國各州及世界各地。
            馬拉松週期間的虛擬活動包括專屬座談,冠軍訪談,以及可以下載的波士頓馬拉松工具包,包括有比賽簽印的物品,可以印的終點線,優勝者視頻等等。
            虛擬2020波士頓馬拉松賽的參賽者將必須在6小時內跑完26.2英里距離,並能把時間證明交給波士頓體育會。所有完成虛擬賽事的選手將會收到波士頓馬拉松賽的正是手冊,參加者T-恤,獎牌,以及跑者號碼。

            波士頓體育會原訂912日舉行的5000公尺也已因為新型冠狀病毒而取消了。所有報名參加2020418日比賽的人,都可獲得退款。該會將給參加者更多資訊。
124th Boston Marathon to be Held Virtually
Participants encouraged to bring Boston to the world during week of virtual events

BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston Marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14. The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world.

Virtual offerings for participants during that week will include exclusive panel discussions, champions interviews, and a downloadable Boston Marathon toolkit that includes signature race elements such as a printable finish line, winner's breaktape, and more. Further details will be sent to all entrants in the near future.

Participants in the virtual 2020 Boston Marathon will be required to complete the 26.2 mile distance within a six hour time period and provide proof of timing to the B.A.A. All athletes who complete the virtual race will receive an official Boston Marathon program, participant t-shirt, medal, and runner’s bib.

The B.A.A. 5K scheduled for September 12 has also been canceled due to coronavirus. All participants who were originally registered for the April 18, 2020 event will be offered a refund. More information will be sent to participants.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was postponed to September 14, 2020 by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.A.A. has been regularly communicating with city and state officials to discuss all efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For the 35th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.

MAYOR WALSH AND STEERING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE $780,200 IN BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND GRANTS TO 20 ORGANIZATIONS

MAYOR WALSH AND STEERING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE $780,200 IN BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND GRANTS TO 20 ORGANIZATIONS
BOSTON - Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee today announced over $780,200 in grant funding from the Boston Resiliency Fund that will support 20 organizations working to help individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing the Boston Resiliency Fund's commitment to equity, 60 percent of the organizations receiving funding this week are led by a person of color, and 45 percent are led by a woman. 

Since the first round of fund distribution, the Fund has raised over $30.8 million from 6,000 donors. The Fund has now contributed over $19.2 million to over 230 organizations. In total, 46 percent of grantee organizations are led by a person of color and 59 percent of grantee organizations are led by a woman. 

"This week, we are funding organizations that are bringing fresh, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to seniors and homebound families, expanding critical testing, supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, and so much more," said Mayor Walsh. "I am especially proud of our work to use these funds to support grassroots organizations in communities of color, that hire locally, contract locally, and support neighbors helping neighbors, including seniors, at-risk youth, and people who have experienced trauma." 

"What is required to effectively address the needs of people as a result of COVID-19's impact on already vulnerable communities has, at times, felt impossible as a smaller community-based organization," said Cathy Draine, Executive Director of Neighborhood Network Center, Inc. "However, when you get the fretful calls from the older adult who is homebound due to their diabetes or the single parent who just lost their job, you know you have to find a way to keep doing the work. Further, you realize the boxes of food, the packages of supplies, etc. let people know they are not forgotten. By funding the Neighborhood Network Center, Inc and smaller organizations like ours, Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund is not only strengthening our collective response to COVID-19 but also demonstrating how to build an exceptional system of support in our city."

About FreshThe funding will allow About Fresh to sustain door-to-door delivery of 'Fresh Boxes' to approximately 2,500 Boston households through the end of June, and hire staff needed to increase the number and operating hours of Fresh Air Mobile Markets in neighborhoods throughout the City.

Boston Public Market Association & Pine Street Inn: The funding will extend the partnership between Boston Public Market and Pine Street Inn for two additional weeks. Funds cover the cost of ingredients and staff time to assemble and pack around 560 meals a day for Pine Street Inn, as well as transportation, delivery and operational/administrative costs. 

Breakfast IV BrothersBreakfast IV Brothers (BIVB) will use the funding to partner with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), DoorDash, and Fresh Foods for meal delivery and grocery store gift cards for BIVB community members in Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester. BIVB will support connectivity for multiple young men and veterans in Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester, who relied on libraries, employers, and community center computers and are unable to invest in their own personal computer. The organization will also provide coordinated sessions with mental health professionals of color, as well as facilitate targeted conversations related to the trauma males of color in Boston are facing both personally and culturally during the pandemic. 

Caribbean Integration Community DevelopmentCaribbean Integration Community Development (CICB) will hire part-time staff who speak Haitian Creole to work with individuals/families and assist with applications and referrals to appropriate agencies. 

Catholic Charities Boston & Teen Center at St. Peter'sCatholic Charities and the Teen Center at St. Peter's will use the funding to continue the delivery of food and prepared meals to the families of over 350 youth who live in Bowdoin-Geneva and support the increased need at the agency's two Boston food pantries in Dorchester and the South End, which are now serving more than 10 times as many people as they were before the pandemic.  

Circle of Hope, Inc.: Circle of Hope (COH) will use the funding to purchase essential supplies like towels, toiletries, underwear, and clothing and make emergency deliveries to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, shelters no longer have the ability to sort used clothing donations. COH delivers to Bowdoin Geneva Teen Center, 112 Southampton Street, St. Francis House, ATASK, Woods Mullen, Boston Police Department (community resource officers), Casa Nueva Vida (Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester), Cathedral Lunch Program, Fenway Health, Jewish Family & Children Services, Project Hope Shelters, Renewal House (domestic violence shelter), Rosie's Place, Dimock Center, and Women's Lunch Place.

Community Caring Clinic: Community Caring Clinic will use the funding to open up mental health services to first-line responders and low-income individuals with a focus on immigrant communities by adding a bilingual clinician. Community Caring Clinic will also provide grocery store gift cards for those clients in need. 

Dignity Matters, Inc.Dignity Matters, Inc. will use the funding to purchase and deliver one months of essential feminine hygiene products to 600 adult women in Boston in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston and the Mattapan Food Pantry. This will ensure these women do not experience the negative physical and social effects of a disruption in access to menstrual care.

Franciscan Children's: As the largest pediatric post-acute medical and pulmonary rehabilitation hospital in the Northeast, Franciscan Children's will use the funding for universal screening of patients to help decrease disruptions to critical care. 

Greater Love Community CareGreater Love Community Care will use the funding to provide box groceries for one week, financial support, and transportation as needed to support low-income families and seniors. 

 Health Care For AllHealth Care For All (HCFA) runs a free multi-lingual consumer assistance HelpLine that provides health insurance enrollment support for those with public or private healthcare coverage, as well as those who are uninsured. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the HelpLine's call volume has soared with thousands of newly unemployed and uninsured residents, the long-term uninsured seeking coverage for the first time in years, and those who disenrolled or did not renew their coverage and now need health care services. The funding will allow Health Care for All to hire multilingual health counselors in Spanish and Portuguese. 

La Alianza HispanaThe funding will provide food and supplies for La Alianza Hispana's Latino senior clients, as well as support for transition to online telehealth services. 

Neighborhood Network Center, Inc.: Neighborhood Network Center's 'Operation Safety Net' will use the funding to provide boxes of food to high-risk or immuno-compromised households, and provide two weeks of food and supplies for households where there is an active case(s) of COVID-19. 

The PIM Project: With over 25 years of experience in dealing with servicing the City of Boston's at-risk youth, the PIM Project will provide food and financial assistance for youth who are having financial difficulty at this time. 

Project PlaceProject Place will use the funding to provide stipends to clients in the organization's stabilization program for access food, clothing, etc. and remote stabilization services through Zoom and Google Classroom.

Somali Development Center: The Somali Development Center will use funding to make 80 hot meals per day for 30 days from two local restaurants, Tawakal Halal Cafe in East Boston and Khadija Express Cafe in Roxbury, and hire eight out-of-work drivers to distribute the meals to seniors and other home-bound families. 

South End Community Health Center: The funding will allow South End Community Health Center to expand access to neighborhood-based COVID-19 testing by funding new self-contained screening units and test kits. In addition, the Center will provide culturally-competent outreach and education to individuals, in conjunction with testing, to increase knowledge of disease transmission and ways to prevent spread.
The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, IncThe Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI) will use the funding to teach families dealing with food insecurity, and who may be unemployed, in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury, how to grow food, in order to add fresh food into their diets. 

Wilahmena's Place, IncWilahmena's Place will use the funding to provide essential and immediate services to Boston women and girls in the form of hygiene products, feminine products, diapers/baby formula, and grocery store gift cards.

Young Man with a PlanYoung Man with a Plan provides front line academic and social-emotional support for 110 young men, with an average of over three years tenure with the program. During this crisis, their weekly meetings were replaced by Zoom meetings. The funding will allow the organization to provide food, personal care and cleaning supplies to households in need.
The Fund is still accepting donations from individuals, organizations and philanthropic partners who wish to contribute and offer their support. All of the donations will be awarded to local organizations. Organizations are encouraged to complete a statement of interest to be considered for future grants. 
 
As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are quickly evolving and potentially long-lasting, the City and the Steering Committee will work closely with non-profit partners and service providers to understand how their needs will change. As a result, the priorities of the fund may change as the needs of Boston residents evolve.
 
The Boston Resiliency Fund exists within the Boston Charitable Trust, an existing 501(c)(3) designated trust fund managed by the City of Boston's Treasury Department. For more information on how to make a donation, please visit: boston.gov/resiliency-fundFor general inquiries, please emailbrf@boston.gov.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

表揚亞裔為美國所做貢獻 國際領袖基金會設United-USA.net網站

部分語彙者。(ILF提供)
華府(2020527) 國際領袖基金會(ILF)聯合全美亞太裔組織於526日召開線上簡報會,表揚美國亞裔社團在新型冠狀病毒大流行期間,募集捐贈個人防護抗疫物資給2547家機構的第一線工作人員,價值超過3100萬美元。
             國際領袖基金會為記錄,並向各界昭告亞裔社區對美國整體社會的貢獻,已設立United-USA.net網站,將持續收集亞裔社團、個人的公益行動事蹟,向亞裔的行善不落人後致敬。
             由於新型冠狀病毒大流行嚴重擾亂了整個美國的人們日常生活,社會中陸續出現許多歧視,仇恨亞裔言論,但是全美各地亞太裔,不分來美時間長短,不論祖籍地域異同,不理政治立場分歧,紛紛挺身而出,在美國防疫物資短缺的緊張中奔波操勞,並動員社區力量來紓解災情,為抗疫救災慷慨解囊。
講者合穎。(ILF提供)
迄今為止,根據國際領袖基金會等機構收集到的不完整信息,全美各地亞太裔社團或個人已經捐出價值超過3100萬美元的現金及物品包括250多萬個N95口罩,600多萬個醫用口罩,100多萬對手套等到全美各地,支持了超過2547家機構,例如醫院,頤養院,警察局,郵局,公共交通部門,消防局,超市,以及地方政府部門。,
各組織捐款及物資總價值:$31,242,806
N95口罩:2,507,727 
醫用口罩:6,769,248
手套:1,332,375
護目鏡:126,852
防護服:214,398
             這場向亞裔社區致敬的簡報會,出席者包括總統亞太裔委員會主席徐紹欽博士,聯邦眾議員孟昭文(民主黨- 紐約),聯邦眾議員Amata Coleman Radewagen(共和黨-美屬薩摩亞),白宮亞太裔計劃主任魏郁婷,全國亞裔總商會執行長暨國際領袖基金會會長董繼玲,百人會會長黃征 宇,慈濟基金會美國總會執行長陳濟弘,亞太公共事務會創辦人尹集成,道安基金會創辦人何道鋒,北美台灣商會會長汪俊宇等。會上播放了各大主流媒體对亞太裔社區抗疫捐贈的報導,包括ABCNBC等。
             為記錄並褒揚全美亞太裔社團群體幫助前線工作人員對抗COVID-19的努力,國際領袖基金會聯合全美亞太裔組織,與亞太公共事務會(APAPA),百人會,慈濟基金會美國總會,道安基金會,北美洲台灣商會等合作,推出 United-USA.net網站,要建成褒揚亞太裔所作貢獻的平台,並展現從亞太裔組織收集而來的數據摘要,留作歷史的一部份,例如捐贈的個人防護用品種類,捐贈者的完整名單,各地亞太裔善人善事的新聞報道等。
United-USA.net這平台已在全美各地獲得許多亞太裔組織捐贈資訊,除前述各大組織外,羅德島華人協會, 美國華人愛心聯盟(ACUC),以及WeStar聯盟等團體也都十分支持。該United-USA.net網站歡迎各界亞太裔社區成員繼續提交捐贈行動的證明及詳細情況。經網站團隊確認核實後,將把捐贈成果記錄入平台資料庫,呈現在網站上。

徐紹欽博士說:美國是一個與眾不同的國家。團結一致的精神將我們連接在一起,讓我們可以共同努力,克服困難,追求更高的成就! 歷史證明,戰鬥中的美國精神勢不可擋。冠狀病毒不會打敗美國人民,尤其是亞太裔人民。 在美國的各個角落,亞太裔人群及其強大的社區組織都在展示著這種精神,代表著美國社會的堅強力量。
聯邦眾議員孟昭文說:在這段時間裡,有如此多的前線工作人員願意趕赴工作場所挽救人命,其中就有大約兩百萬人是亞太裔。我認為這一點非常重要——亞裔美國人也在第一線奮鬥當我們的國家在對抗新冠病毒大流行時,我們的社群也面對著種族主義和歧視的病毒。我們必須站在一起,互相鼓勵,大聲疾呼,反對仇恨。
             魏郁婷特別引用了商務部部長羅斯本月在全美亞裔美國人和太平洋島民商業峰會中的講話:在亞太裔傳統月中,特別感謝與冠狀病毒鬥爭的所有前線工作者,包括在我們的醫療保健行業中工作的數十萬亞裔美國人和太平洋島民。 由於對社區和同胞的承諾,他們冒著自己的生命危險(其中一些人甚至已經獻出生命)來拯救他人。 他們每天都在為使美國成為一個充滿愛心和傑出的國家做貢獻。
羅斯還說:許多亞太裔在全球各地擁有公司,也動用了他們在全球的個人和業務關係網,來獲取個人防護用品,並捐贈給我們國家的醫院和第一線醫療工作者。 沒有這大約2200萬美國亞太裔的捐助,我們就無法與新冠病毒這可怕的敵人作鬥爭。
            聯邦眾議員Amata Radewagen說:如今正是充滿挑戰的時代,當我們同舟共濟時,便能變得更加強大。我們的亞太裔社區在國家迎接挑戰時貢獻出了他們的時間和資源,給了我們很多感謝他們的理由,我很榮幸有份參與。
             董繼玲說:在這極具挑戰時刻,亞太裔加緊對抗COVID-19。我們的前線醫療工作人員在照顧COVID-19病人上展現勇氣與犧牲的感人故事啟發了我。個人防護用品短缺,醫療工作人員們的生命懸於一線。United-USA.net的設立,是為褒揚亞太裔個人及社區組織為保護前線醫療人員所做的善舉,我們需要團結起來,對抗病毒。
             黃征宇說:在過去的幾個月中,由百人會組成的委員會及其成員一直在投入大量資源,以提供與COVID-19戰鬥所需的必要物資。我們認識到,我們的努力僅有助於支持所有美國醫護人員和急救人員做出的令人難以置信的犧牲。在亞太裔傳統月期間,我們特別感謝領導這場鬥爭的華裔美人,以及亞裔美人,並頌揚他們為幫助美國從疫情中復原所做的貢獻。
             陳濟弘說:在慈濟基金會美國總會提供災難救濟時,我們爭取成為第一批抵達,最後一批離開災區的人。在這疫情期間,我們努力在全國范圍內採購和分發個人防護裝備。延遲收到如此重要的物資可能會致人喪命,我們在所有行動中都將這一點深深銘記在心。
            尹集成說:在這充滿挑戰的時刻,做為美國人,我們有責任幫助我們的社區以及我們的國家共同對抗新型冠狀病毒大流行”。
             何道鋒說:新冠肺炎來襲,吾思此乃上帝保護生命之呼召,聯合13亞裔夥伴及NGO發起拯救生命行動,向急需之人提供PPE抗擊新冠, 至今捲入志願者近百人,供PPE百萬。行動目標自始明確:保護醫務,拯救生命;保護弱勢社群,減速新冠傳播。任何危機來襲:連接於上帝呼召精神,我們必勝 "
             汪俊宇說:我們國家嚴重缺乏個人防護用品。北美台灣商會籌款和購買口罩的目的,是想要盡力照顧老年人以及貧困人群, 由於他們是易感人群,死亡比例較高, 但他們得到的關注卻較少。

關於UnitedUSA
網站UnitedUSA的使命是分享這次疫情中鼓舞人心的積極故事,以使我們的社區團結在一起,在這個充滿挑戰的時期變得更為堅強。UnitedUSA是一個資訊平台,專門收集並分享關於全美亞太裔努力對抗COVID-19疫情的善人善舉。我們希望藉此平台向社區中的醫護人員、捐助者和志願者們表示敬意,感激他們為挽救生命而付出的努力和犧牲,並為美國社會和我們的子孫後代保留這些歷史記錄。我們對美國共同的愛把我們凝聚了起來。我們將共同努力,重建一個更好的家園。
ILF COVID-19工作委員會包括:創會會長董繼玲、各分會會長及委員會委員黃亞村,趙斌,王開元,吳剛等 ,總協調:覃曲鴿。COVID-19 Tracker由王洪剛提供。