I've continued to be a blood donor throughout the pandemic realizing the there is still the need for blood and that there are others that aren't able or don't feel safe giving during this time.
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Throughout the pandemic I have been privileged to work with United Way and the Worcester Together Fund to bring financial help to the many projects and programs that have been meeting the critical basic needs of our community.
While time apart from each other has been important during this pandemic, Covid-19 has made the moments *with* each other more important as well. With that in mind I've been keeping my schedule a little more open: working with what time others have to help them when they really need it.
I supported small restaurants in my city by ordering takeout, lots of takeout.
I am proud of how my staff has adapted to a new way of providing services and for their commitment to keeping each other and their families safe by following the guidelines.
I feel lucky to be able to help with pandemic outreach programming through my job at a local museum. It's been rewarding to be able to give back through the arts. Creativity helps heal.
Sending out extra cards and notes through the mail to show people I'm thinking about them!
When my business closed for Covid we donated all of our food to Our Father House in Fitchburg. Also assisted in cooking for Hotel Grace in Worcester during Covid. Two great Organizations that can use everyone's help.
I've spent the last few years teaching (and learning!) creative writing, drama, and ESL with Worcester youth and young artists in the city - it's some of the most fulfilling work I've had the privilege of engaging with, and why I am excited about my future career as an educator.
I realize I rely a lot more on social media to be connected these days. I try to use that platform in my own circle not to add to the noise, but to check in with friends. I often just ask, how are you? Friends from all over share how they are passing their COVID days – the good, the bad, and the challenging. It’s made me realize that we all need to be asked that question, but also heard when we answer. And then we see we are all in this, figuring it out day by day.
How are you?
I have distributed 30 copies of John Lewis' book, "Across That Bridge" and have 25 more on order. His thoughts on how to work toward "The Beloved Community" have inspired me to be more patient and loving with others with whom I might have significant differences. I also serve on the Board of WAMS (Worcester Area Mission Society), a non-profit organization committed to working with others to help bring about economic and social equity to our society.
In my lifetime I have experienced many turbulent times--none quite the same as this but knowing there is always calm after a storm helps me stay centered.