CATHEDRAL CITY — The Board of Directors for Democrats of the Desert has voted to make $250 donations each to four local non-profits that provide services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged families.

We chose: FIND Food Bank, Well in the Desert; C.V. Rescue Mission, and the Galilee Center.

“This is a tough time for everyone,” Dori Smith, presidents of Democrats of the Desert, told Uken Report. “For some of us who are retired and OK financially, this time of forced isolation at home simply means not being able to get out to see friends for coffee, to play golf, or to do volunteer ‘jobs’ at Jewish Family Service, the AIDS Project or the Living Desert. Democrats of the Desert Board members are acutely aware that there are many in our community who live from day to day, sometimes working two or three jobs to put food on the table. Many of these folks, whom we may or may not know personally, help provide great lives for us.”

Think of the cooks and waiters in restaurants, Smith added.

“Think of the men and women that maintain golf courses. Many have either been laid off or lost their jobs, and are waiting for unemployment and that check from the federal government. We couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing. We knew financial donations could help, so we decided to support Valley agencies that are doing excellent work every day to help others.”

At this time, many of us can read a book or binge watch favorite movies. It’s not so simple for thousands of others. A quote on Facebook really struck home with me: “You can’t shelter in place if you don’t have shelter.” Two of the agencies we donated to work with the homeless.

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