We are so fortunate to live in such a caring community. Every day it seems we are issued a new set of challenges. Yet in the face of this new coronavirus (COVID-19), our community rises to each new challenge as our safety net of friends and neighbors respond together. It is wonderful to see the community embody the mission of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter – a mission we have now been living out for the last 40 years!
Our neighbors are counting on us now more than ever. Our Lorain County Public Health continues to lead the charge in a coordinated response to the virus. Our Second Harvest Food Bank continues to support our local food pantries, making sure all of our community members get food. And our Lorain County Office on Aging is working tirelessly to make sure all of our seniors – the most vulnerable among us in the face of this pandemic – are remembered in their homes or care facilities. And thanks to all of you, our friends and neighbors continue to look out for one another.
I assure you that your efforts are needed now more than ever. Lorain County enjoys a significant level of volunteering from our older population. Yet these more “mature” volunteers have been asked to stay home because they suffer more severe effects from the virus. Our area students – both those on break from high school and those returning from college are at home, many asking how we can assist. What better time to Connect People Who Care with Causes That Matter? Encourage these students to volunteer at your favorite non-profit or reach out to Second Harvest to sign up for one of their upcoming two-hour volunteer sessions. As this situation continues to present life-changing challenges, let’s make an effort to connect those most able to assist with those in need. We have neighbors and friends facing social isolation; we can reach them either at their doorstep, or electronically, or over the phone. Let’s turn this pandemic into an extraordinary opportunity to build a community neighbor by neighbor.
Please stay attentive to our colleagues at Lorain County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control for the latest in preventative measures. And please support all of our local non-profit partners, as well as restaurants and service industry employees hit so hard by this (tip those delivery people well!) and businesses, now more than ever!
We are continuing to monitor this pandemic. For the time being, we will keep the office open, though we will curtail events and gatherings in our building. Staff will eliminate travel to offsite meetings, and a large subset of our team will begin telecommuting until we determine it is appropriate to return to our office.
Stay healthy, be helpful, and take good care.