Updated COVID-19 resources, from Commissioner Shea

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike, I am urging everyone to do the simple things that we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, observe social distancing, practice good hygiene, and do not go out unnecessarily.

We also know that what helps keep us all safe is hurting our economy. Recognizing that many in our community are facing difficult economic burdens, Travis County has initiated several programs to help using federal CARES Act funding. Please see the list below of those and other programs that you or someone you know may find helpful.

Some of these programs may be discussed Saturday, June 27th, in a community forum hosted by the City of Austin. English forum is at 11 AM and Spanish forum at 1 PM. Tune in to the livestream at facebook.com/AustinPublicHealth, or call 1-844-992-4726and enter access code 146 697 3290 to participate.

Please share this with anyone who may need these resources. While we cannot solve all of the issues caused by this pandemic, Travis County is doing what we can to help.

I sincerely hope this message finds you and your family well. We will get through this, with each other’s help and the support of our entire community.

With hope,

Brigid Shea
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct Two

Register to Vote BEFORE the Deadline!

New address? Name change? The deadline to register for the July 14th election is THIS Monday, June15th.

Local VDRs will be on hand to register voters and answer any questions you may have THIS Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm in the Bratton Square parking lot at the corner of Merrilltown Drive and Bratton Lane.

They’ll also be available Sunday, June 14, and Monday, June 15, from Noon-3pm in the Bratton Square parking lot.

The team will practice correct social distancing procedures and will be in PPE gear. We ask that folks be mindful of others. The goal is to make sure that everyone who needs to register gets a “last chance” before Monday.

If these times don’t work for you, One of our registrars, Susan Gezana, has offered to be available to meet neighbors and get them registered! Just text Susan at 512-484-3528 to set up a meeting.

Thank you to all our Wells Branch Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars!

Wells Branch READY, SET, VOTE!

A non-partisan, community voter registration event!
Saturday, Jan 25th

FIVE CONVENIENT WB LOCATIONS:
Malone’s Coffee on Bratton Lane: 9am – 1pm
WB Recreation Center on Shoreline: 9am – 1pm
Wells Branch Community Library on Wells Port Drive: 10am – 2pm
(2 locations in Wells Branch Plaza shopping center @ 1779 Wells Branch Parkway):
Community Health Fair at Fighting Fit (near the Valero Corner Store): 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Branch BBQ (near the UPS store): 11am – 1pm

 

Do you or someone you know need to register to vote? Need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address? Have questions about getting registered? Unsure if you can vote? Local Wells Branch VDR’s are coming out this Saturday to help all our neighbors get registered and be ready to vote in the March 3rd primary…and beyond! The deadline to register in time for the primary is February 3rd – so come to any of our neighborhood locations on Saturday and we will help you GET REGISTERED! Early voting begins Feb 18th!

2020 Cultural Diversity Fair:
Get ready to participate!

Register to Volunteer HERE!

Contact us at:  wb-cultural-diversity@googlegroups.com 

Learn more at: wbna.us/community/wb-cultural-diversity-fair/

Get ready for the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair. The last “CDF” event was a huge success. Nearly 20 countries were represented and many booths offered a tasty sample of regional cuisine. The various cultural performers provided an amazing spectrum of song, dance, music, acrobatics and meditation techniques. There were also several learning activities, photo ops and international game demonstrations.

If you and your family attended this amazing cultural showcase in previous years, you probably came away thinking WOW!, all this fantastic cultural diversity and all right here within Wells Branch. Many folks have commented that this community event is a great way to learn about far away places without leaving Wells Branch and the participants were provided with an excellent opportunity to meet new folks in the community.

The key to any successful event comes down planning. The 2020 “CDF” is slated for February 23rd, from 1-4 pm. If you or your group would like to host a country booth or provide regional entertainment, just let us know. We have already received offers to host several countries. We need to finalize the list. Please follow this LINK to register for a booth.

The Wells Branch MUD, partnering with the WBNA and other community groups will help host the event. Each country booth will have reserved a banquet table, 1 chair and a $50 budget towards food preparation. There is also a special budget set aside for entertainment. Please reach out if you have a cultural entertain group that would like to participate.

Country sponsors are encouraged to have a “kid-friendly” activity, display or craft. The WB MUD would like to request that some sort of regional “water resource” information be available. And this year we are adding an exciting new feature, sponsored by the WB Friends of the Library and the WB Community Library—an “on the spot” language lab to the practice speaking some simple words in a foreign language. We are asking that each country sponsor provide a short list of words (phonetic breakdown), e.g. Hello, Welcome, Please, Thank You, etc.

Great community events are successful through great community interaction. Please consider helping to host a booth or activity at the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair.

Contact: Margaret Sufke, mmsufke@gmail.com or voice mail: 512-341-0428

TCSO Meeting on Mail Theft
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6:30pm
WB Comm. Ctr. | 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

Mailbox break-ins this season seem too frequent to count.  Join us this coming Thursday as we meet with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to find out what’s being done about the recent rash of mail thefts and what we, as a community, can do to help.

We realize it’s right after work, but we’ll have munchies on hand to tide you over until you make it home!