Our CKCATS staff has had to be flexible and rethink the way they do business in order to continue to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The 5311 CARES funding helped to keep us on the road as well.
Community Action also received PPP funding with which CKCATS was able to purchase gloves, masks, and cleaning supplies to ensure that employees and clients have a safe environment in which to work and ride.
Even though CKCATS drivers have experienced reduced numbers in recent months, the number of trips has increased by 50% this quarter. Employees have kept busy by assisting to distribute commodities, helping to serve senior lunches, cleaning and sanitizing Head Start classrooms, as well as sanitizing the buses.
In other news, CKCATS received one new SUV in June and should receive 3 more SUVs by the end of August. The 5311 CARES funding has allowed the program to expand the fleet by 12 vehicles. In the end, all 5 counties will have an SUV that will help ensure that dialysis clients get to treatment in the winter months.