Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The past few weeks have turned our realities upside down. Our Main Street businesses and our children's’ schools have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are being asked to quarantine and physically distance ourselves from one another to stem the tide of this outbreak. These are truly unprecedented times. While many gathering places are now inaccessible, and self-isolation is encouraged, it is important to keep listening and reaching out to those you care about. So today, I am reaching out to all of you.
With all that is occurring, I am even more committed to advocating for you and to representing less heard needs and perspectives. In a time like this, without access to paid sick days and family leave, many parents are scrambling to keep their livelihoods intact while caring for, educating, and nourishing their children. Seniors, who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, need greater resources and supports to maintain health, well-being, and connection. Regardless of our circumstances, pre-existing challenges do not go away, and are further exacerbated during times of crisis.
Like so many of you, I am taking stock of my well-being and next steps, and at the same time, I am thinking of ways to be
of service to the greater good. This is the Vermont way. My commitment to our community remains as strong as ever, and I am beyond grateful for your continued support. Thank you so much for helping us to exceed our ambitious fundraising goal and raise more than any other candidate in the race for Chittenden County State Senate. Now, we can focus on reaching Vermonters digitally and remotely, and most importantly, we can be of help to everyone struggling in this new socioeconomic reality.
We must stay safe and calm, and the best way to do that is together. Please reach out to me and let me know how you’re doing and what you need from Vermont’s leaders. If needed, we can set up a phone call or video conference. It is our love for Vermont and the strength in our community that will give us the resilience to address whatever challenges we face.
Stay healthy and please be in touch!
All my best,
P.S. Here are some resources that might be helpful in this time of uncertainty: COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses, Vermont Agency of Commerce Food Access in Vermont, Hunger Free Vermont Health Information in Multiple Languages, Vermont Department of Health Homeschool Resources, We Are Teachers National Disaster Distress Hotline (Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746)