May 4, 2020

Yesterday I shared with you about the historic flexibility of CHAS Health workers, which we celebrate with a yearly Gumby Award.  Not only have a huge number of our employees transitioned swiftly to working from home (in no small part due to our amazingly responsive Gumby-Guru IT staff), but those still working in our clinics and screening tents had to learn to change protocols daily.

Our fleet of Gumbys learned to use new equipment and garb, they learned to treat patients while also social distancing, and some of them even learned how to do completely new jobs as a number of our functions had to be adapted, curtailed or shut down for patient and employee safety.

Through it all, staff continued to laugh, learn, and thanked CHAS for keeping us on the books when so many people were losing their incomes. Our employees embody the “We can do this” spirit.  Of course we can… We’re Gumby, Danggit!

This blog post is part of a special CHAS Health Foundation series for #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  #GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving that focuses on the collective power that individuals, communities and organizations use to celebrate generosity and philanthropy worldwide.

This mission of the CHAS Health Foundation is to create health equity by strategically investing in patients, partners, and communities. The CHAS Health Foundation supports CHAS Health, a non-profit community health center serving over 97,000 patients annually regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. You can donate to the CHAS Health Foundation at:

By Vanessa Bryant