Supporting Community in the Time of Covid-19

Dear Volunteer Leaders:

You are leaders within your communities. All of you. What the world needs most at this point in time are community and leadership.

You have a real opportunity to reach out and connect with your communities, to make sure everyone knows that they are not alone.

You don’t need to have information or updates, you just need to let everyone know that you are there for them. That you might have to figure things out as you go along, but that you’ll find a way to keep your community together.

This doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to fall apart yourself, of course you can! We’re all worried and stressed (and probably broke !) but you don’t have to be ‘strong’ to be a leader. You have to care and you have to show up.

To help you do this, I have written some words that you can copy and edit to suit your own communities.

Stay home, stay well and stay together (remotely!).
Much love at this time,
Mandy aka The Fundraising Whisperer

Feel free to copy and paste, no need to credit :-):

To the families in our community.

We are all facing some tough times at the moment: uncertainty, fear, hardship, isolation and possibly illness.

There has never been a more important time for us to be united as a school community. As parents of our school, we want you to know that we stand with you and that our community will stay strong.

With many students at home, it is important for us to remain connected with one another.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Arrange virtual playdates with your kids and their friends. Set up Skype, Facetime or Facebook messenger and let them have a chat. They are all in this together.
  2. Arrange virtual catch-ups with adults – have a cup of coffee or a wine and set up a video chat. Make sure it has video even though you will look revolting. We all will! We’re all in this together.
  3. Do you have a year-level Facebook group? If you do, use it to reach out to everyone. If you don’t, it’s a great time to set one up!
  4. If you have your students at home, a great resource is the Facebook group Reluctant Homeschoolers Unite! – a supportive and fun community of people who are all in this together. 

One day soon, when this is all over, we will gather together in person once more. Until that time, we MUST stay as connected as possible and be there for each other.

Stay well! Reach out if we can help you with anything xx