League of Women Voters has always been about community.
We register voters; we take action to uphold democratic values; we hold candidate forums to support communication in a civil society; we provide briefings to educate people on issues that affect our neighborhoods, city, and state.
During this unprecedented time, our group activities are curtailed.
We have cancelled March and April briefings although we might have some briefings presented in writing or rescheduled later. We have postponed the in-person Annual Meeting, originally set for May 2 to a virtual meeting on Saturday, June 13. The church is closed, so our office manager is working from home.
Within our membership there are people who have additional vulnerabilities that are impacted by measures to keep themselves safe. A telephone call, email or card to say you are thinking of them can help with the loneliness that might come with the current necessity of social isolation. If you are going out to a grocery store or pharmacy, offer to shop for someone else who needs to avoid public places. You can leave the items at their front door. We can still be outside safely going for walks together. These activities may not sound like our traditional LWV definition of acting on behalf of our community, but the definition of “communal” can change, focusing more on individual relationships with fellow Leaguers. We will come together in person again when this pandemic subsides.
In the meantime, our League community will be sustained by all of you.nprecedented.
Written by Sue Stark for the Executive Committee