Friends and Neighbors -
I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging and unpredictable times. It has certainly been an adjustment for our campaign team to shift to this new reality. We are all young people reckoning with the loss of some of our rites of passage on campus, in the classroom, in athletics, and in our everyday lives. Mostly, though, we are grateful to have our health and still live in Vermont in a community that cares for us.
We have certainly felt this community gather around and care for Kesha in her time of need, and we are very thankful to all of you. Well wishes, meals, and support have been pouring in as Kesha recovers from her struggle with illness and as she tries to help her family through the positive COVID-19 test results of her two remaining grandparents. You have lifted Kesha’s spirits and reminded all of us why we are fighting so everyone has the support they need to recover physically and economically from this pandemic.
We know that many Vermonters and Americans are facing deep hardship, or that they are one piece of bad news away from a crisis. Our efforts to flatten the curve are not without sacrifice, but they matter. Because the curve has a name. It is the name of the loved one we lost, a selfless person in our community for whom we cannot hold a memorial service right now, or a frontline worker who risked their own life for ours, and for our food security and essential services. No one deserves to die alone, in pain, and short of breath from something we can all work together to end.
This April is unlike any many of us have ever known. With everything going on around us, the question I ask myself is: How can I help? Here in Vermont and Chittenden County, there are many options for both offering help and receiving support. If you are in need of help or information, this statewide resource list provides comprehensive information about available support systems, including access to food, emergency assistance, health care, and counseling. Please also feel free to reach out to our team and count on us as a resource.
If you are in the fortunate position to offer financial help, please consider supporting the Vermont Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, the United Way of Northwest Vermont’s United Response Fund, and the Vermont Foodbank. Personal protective equipment for medical professionals can be brought to your nearest State Police barracks. Finally, blood is in high need right now, and your blood donation to the Vermont Red Cross could save a life.
Spring is about watching new life emerge when the odds look unfavorable. As we celebrate April holidays in ways we had not anticipated, we can still honor this time of renewal by giving back and nurturing life when and where possible.
Take good care,
P.s. - Federal stimulus payments have started to go out. If you want to track your payment or check the status you can use this link.