The last year has been hard on a lot of people, especially for women and women of color, though everyone has been impacted by the pandemic in one way or another. Californians have a wealth of resources available to them to help navigate challenging situations, but many might not know where to begin.
For California’s injured workers, the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association is a resource, both to help find legal representation and to find local organizations offering help in times of need.
CAAA’s Women’s Caucus has pulled together a community resource guide, housed on the CAAA website, featuring both statewide and local organizations and services broken down by county to help people find support in their local regions.
In addition to CAAA’s community resource guide, Californians can find a number of helpful tools and links by visiting the websites of their local legislative representatives.
“Many California legislators have some form of resource repository on their websites, offering links to statewide and local assistance programs,” said Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and representative for California’s 58th Assembly District in Los Angeles County.
“As representatives for the people, our main goal is to help our constituents, especially those who have fallen on hard times and might need some additional support,” she said. “Women, and particularly women of color, have been disproportionately impacted by the ongoing pandemic, with many forced out of their jobs or faced with the tough decision to go to work or take care of their families.
“The Legislative Women’s Caucus has several resources listed on our website aimed at connecting women, and really anyone in need, to assistance programs to fit their specific needs. We appreciate the efforts in helping to get the word out so more individuals, especially those hardest hit like women of color, are aware of the support systems available to them.”
Assemblymember Garcia encouraged people to visit the websites of their local representatives, visit the Legislative Women’s Caucus website and share the resources with anyone who might need assistance.
To find your local representative and visit their website, go to findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.