We live in very challenging and stressful times right now. We are under a stay at home order and told to stay away from one another and to socially distance ourselves. This is the exact opposite of our common sense understanding of community and being good neighbors. However, because of the threat of Covid-19, many of our preconceived notions have been turned upside down.
We, the board of the Sawmill Area Neighborhood Association (SANA) believe that social distancing does NOT need to mean social isolation. We also know that neighborhood concerns do not just magically disappear because of this crisis. The opposite may well be true as we all are facing the likelihood of being sick or having sick family members, an overwhelmed medical system, and financial crisis. This on top of prolonged school closures with many grandparents and others not being able to assist families.
SANA will continue to be available to all of our neighbors. We had to cancel our outreach events and in-person monthly meetings, however, the following is how we will operate for the time being during the Covid-19 crisis.
Our next monthly meeting, April 15 from 6:30-8:00pm will be held via Zoom or by phone for anybody who wants to attend. Here is the link to join the meeting:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 473 646 629
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We may not have the area command officers present, however, any relevant information will be passed on at the meeting and any concerns or questions forwarded to them.
We, the SANA board officers are available for any neighbor who has a concern, a question, feels lonely, or who just needs to talk with someone. Do you need to talk with a live person, have questions about where to get help, are looking for resources to keep the kids entertained, know of a neighbor who needs help with shopping, or want to know where to find the latest on the outbreak? You can email us at Sawmillareaneighborhood@gmail.com and if you send us your phone number, one of us will call you back as soon as possible. We may not have all the answers but we can lend a friendly ear and brainstorm with you on where to find answers.
Please remember that the most neighborly thing we can all do right now is to heed our governor’s orders and stay home if at all possible, stay 6 feet away from others if you have to be out, cough or sneeze into tissues or your elbow, clean any surfaces that may have come in contact with someone else, and wash your hands with soap often and for at least 20 seconds. It is the right thing to do and it will save lives.
Please take good care of yourselves and do not hesitate to contact us. We are all in this together neighbors.
Dina Afek, SANA president
Jaime Leanos, SANA vice-president
Mari Kempton, SANA secretary and treasurer