I want you to know that I am temporarily suspending campaigning for my re-election due to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. While I remain on the ballot for November 3rd and would appreciate your vote, this is not a time for personal campaigning. For the time being, I will focus on ensuring our resiliency as a community so we can get through this health and economic crisis and prepare to recover as quickly as possible.
As Chair of the Arlington County Board, I am working hard on the Arlington government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in parallel with the government response, we urgently need Arlingtonians across our community to engage in a grassroots campaign to ensure our health, resiliency, and recovery. I have always been proud of the way we citizens pull together and if ever there is a time to do so, it is now.
Each of us has neighbors who need food or medicine and should not leave their homes. Each of us knows people, small businesses, and nonprofits that will need urgent financial support. Many of us are eager to help our neighbors and want to know how to do so in ways that protect our public health. I am heartened to see efforts springing up hourly to organize community assistance. I want to support these efforts in every way I can.
To coordinate the community response, we are partnering with the Be A Neighbor Campaign to launch the Arlington Community Corps. Within the Arlington Community Corps, we are suggesting several ways each of us can get involved:
● If you would like to volunteer to help your neighbors in this time of need, go to the Arlington Community Corps and click “Join”.
● If you know of a non-profit in Arlington that needs volunteers to provide essential support to the community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get them included within the Arlington Community Corps.
● If you would be willing to serve as a neighborhood captain to coordinate volunteers for neighbor-to-neighbor support, please email email@example.com so we can get you included within the Arlington Community Corps.
You can act now!
In addition to formal volunteer opportunities, also please consider ordering carryout from your favorite restaurants, buying gift cards from them for future services, and prepaying other service providers.