FBANC COVID-19 Response

FBANC hopes that you, your family, your friends, and all others around you are staying well during these trying times. The FBANC Board looked to see how we can stay committed to our community. Below are the steps we are and will be taking, some of which are in conjunction with our community partners:

Get the word out about resources

FBANC Creates Resource Guide for Affected Community Members
Many of our community members will be severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you likely know, our community plays crucial roles in many of the industries that are being hit hard, such as the hospitality and food services sectors. 

We can each play a role in assisting our community know about their rights, benefits, and other resources. FBANC Board Members Mari Bandoma, Jenn Sta. Ana, Maria Segarra, Jorgio Castro, and Chriselle Raguro put together a resource guide that can assist you with directing those you know in the right direction

SOMCAN, another of our community partners, has also created a resource guide, which it will be updating. 

Join the Virtual Volunteer corps.

FBANC Teams Up with Asian Law Caucus to Help Workers Applying for State Benefits
Under the leadership of FBANC Vice President Jennifer Sta.Ana, FBANC is teaming up with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus to create a program to assist workers in applying for benefits available through the Employment Development Department.

Through videoconferencing, the program will connect ALC, SOMCANthe Bulosan CenterPAWIS-SV, and FBANC volunteers with workers to assist with navigating the various benefits that may be available. 

FBANC needs volunteers. Two types are needed at this time:
(1) Supervising Attorneys – Will assist ALC intake and processing volunteers with questions; and (2) Processing Volunteers – Will connect virtually with workers to complete benefits forms.  

Sign up to volunteer.

Celebrate FBANC’s 40th

Annual In-Person Celebration Postponed; Swearing-In and Law Student Scholarship Awards to Go Forward

FBANC President-elect Mari Bandoma is leading the charge to adapt our annual gala to fit this year’s circumstances. 

FBANC Annual Gala Postponed. 

We regret to announce that the June 11 Annual Gala will be postponed. Although we hope that the pandemic will have subsided by then, fundraising and other activities will be undoubtedly disrupted in the lead up to June. We are planning on rescheduling for the fall.   

FBANC Elections and Swearing-In Ceremony. 

FBANC will still hold its elections for its new Board and will swear them in in a virtual ceremony in June. Although delayed, FBANC plans to open up its election portal next Wednesday, March 25.

FBANC Foundation Law Student Scholarship Awards.  

Mentorship Directors Antonio Raimundo and Maria Segarra are continuing to move the FBANC Foundation’s scholarship programs forward, with law student applications being solicited and evaluated. 

We understand the disruption this pandemic is causing for law students. In addition to awarding our annual scholarships, the FBANC Foundation is considering other ways to assist our law students during this time. If you have suggestions, please contact the FBANC COVID-19 Response Committee at covid19@fbanc.org