Dear LCWN Members and Community,
I hope this finds all of you healthy and safe. You have all been on my mind and I want you to know our organization may suffer a decline in the number of scholarships we have available next year, but it is temporary. Our organization will do a fundraiser this summer when social distancing is lifted, but for now our goal is to get our county through this pandemic safely.
As a healthcare worker on the frontlines, I have to thank each of you who has respected the social distancing and helped keep our community safe. I am currently serving in the drive-through COVID-19 testing station and I appreciate the sacrifices you have given in remaining home; it is difficult financially, socially, and mentally to have our lives interrupted. Some of us are serving our community by staying home and not spreading the virus, while others are serving by providing essential needs to our community. Each day when I suit up in gown, mask, gloves, and face shield to test our community, it seems surreal that we are facing this battle. There is no past experience to draw on because we have never had a pandemic like this face our community. Safety first, and then we will regroup and accomplish amazing things when we are free to care for our community again.
During this uncertain time, I hope your spirit of community service remains intact. This challenge will pass and in a few years we will share this story with new members. Please keep yourself and your family members safe.
We will not have a meeting in April in order to respect the state’s health recommendations on public meetings. Our efforts have been temporarily suspended, but we will resume with enthusiasm when this threat passes.
I have great admiration for each of you for your enthusiasm in community service and we will be stronger than ever when we resume our efforts. I will give you more updates as available, but for now stay safe and take care of yourselves and family.
Shannon Allen, LCWN President