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Hope in Action - SERVE Response

Hope in Action - SERVE Response

A copy of this week's Hope In Action newsletter can be found here.

During times of crisis, people want to provide support to those most affected and vulnerable. In response to COVID-19, individuals and families have been encouraged to limit contact with others in our community. Crossroads will no longer be able to serve in ways we are accustomed to, at least for the time being.

Here are new ways to serve:

Social Justice Initiatives

  • The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. The UMC General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) equips United Methodists to faithfully advocate for a more peaceful and just world. We invite you to visit the UMC General Board of Church and Society website.
  • "COVID-19: Pre-existing Disparities Exposed." Find out more about this free webinar series from GBCS which begins May 21.
  • Two simple actions we can do to affect change:
    1. Register to Vote - Voting allows registered citizens to cast their choice for the political leader that they believe can accurately make the choices that will better the country.
    2. Participate in the 2020 Census - The numbers collected in this census will help direct federal funds to local communities for schools, healthcare and other public services that support all of us. It also determines where new schools, clinics and more services for families, older adults and children are most needed.
  • Praise Song for the Pandemic - Please take a few moments to watch this video and reflect on how we are all part of the same human family, how we can all make this a better world for all living things.

Taking Care of the Community

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month - CDC has a great resource for Stress and Coping During COVID-19
  • Masks available from Crossroads - Email Kathy MacKrell to coordinate receiving a mask
  • Help make masks - Email Jill Hughes if you would like to help prep, sew or assemble masks
  • Reach out to friends and neighbors
    1. Volunteer to make calls or run errands
    2. Let Crossroads know of anyone living alone, elderly, health compromised, or you are just concerned for their well being. We will gladly add them to our list.
  • Donate needed supplies - Drop off outside entrance 1 at Crossroads UMC: Diapers, Toilet Paper, Travel size soap and shampoo
  • Write a note of encouragement to healthcare workers. A guide for writing a note can be found here
    1. Dominion Hospital is an acute psychiatric facility for children, adolescents and adults. Send to Dominion Hospital, 2960 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 or email a note to kmackrell@crossroadsnova.org and it will be passed along.
    2. Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Activities, 122 Morven Park, NW, Leesburg, VA. 20176. They will make sure that staff receive the notes. 
    3. Loudoun Inova staff via email. Simply use this link and express your gratitude and appreciation.

Community Resources

  • Loudoun County Health & Services list of resources available to those in need. 
  • Loudoun County Information and Referral (I&R) program for vital health and human services information and resources in Loudoun County.
  • COVID-19 Limited Rent Assistance- a limited rent assistance program for Loudoun County households economically impacted by COVID-19. Check this link for details.
  • Feed our neighbors - 
    1. Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is supporting families by continuing to provide meal service in our school communities. If you are in need of food, please take advantage of the Loudoun County Public Schools free breakfast and lunch offerings. All families are eligible for the food, with no questions asked. Most schools are open from 10:00am-1:pm for you to drive up and get food brought to your car.
    2. They also have school buses going to several locations for you to pick up food as well.
    3. The LCPS website with all food locations is listed here.
    4. See a map of Extended LCPS Meal Service here.
  • Unemployment and Employment Resources 
    1. Loudoun Workforce Resource Center provides information about unemployment benefits or other work-related topics. 
    2. Crossroads Jobs is a non profit experienced in advising candidates who have challenges in securing employment. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. They will also assist those who need help filing for unemployment. All services are free. 
  • Additional Resources
    1. Loudoun Hunger Relief
    2. Mobile Hope
    3. Dulles South Food Pantry
    4. Catholic Charities
    5. United Way

New Serve Opportunity Suggestion

Celebrate Memorial Day

  • Moment of Remembrance - There is an official time to remember the lost each year on Memorial Day: The official National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time around the country.
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art - Get all the kids involved to create a patriotic-theme mural, or even just write out a simple thank you to our veterans, using side walk chalk.
  • Send words of support and appreciation to our heroes serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic including the military. A link to Operation Gratitude is here.

 

 

All activities are cancelled through

March 22 to take the necessary precautions against COVID19. 

Your well-being is our main concern.

Thank you.