Message to our members on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
On March 19th Governor Newsom issued a statewide “shelter in place” order. What does this mean for us here with Mariposa AAUW? The good news is that our county has been taking steps to work up to this since the beginning of the outbreak. All places of public gathering are closed. This includes churches and the schools, social centers are closed as well as -yes, I am devastated too- the gyms. Restaurants, cafes, dining establishments are open with takeout or drive through/walk up only, pubs are closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, “essential to daily life” businesses are open. Many of our county services are closed to in person interactions, and open to call-in or internet-based services. I am sure more details on that are coming out.
Just a few days ago the leadership team asked you all to not meet in person for our special interest groups (SIGs) and we started making arrangements for our team meetings to be done via Zoom, and the meeting details will be posted on the FB page and the web page.
As of today and going forward for the foreseeable future there will be no in-person meetings sanctioned by the organization. We have many other ways at our disposal to keep in touch with each other. The hiking SIG is doing a distance challenge complete with excel spreadsheet of miles walked, solo, during self-isolation. Our play reading SIG has sent out links of performances for each other to view then discuss by phone. I am challenging the garden SIG to plant Victory Gardens this spring! Later this summer our new initiative, Neighbor Helping Neighbor, can spread excess harvest to those who are lacking access to resources.
Over the next few days members will be getting calls from the leadership team to check on how you are doing. Do you need groceries, a ride, medications, information or even just social contact? If you do, please let us know sooner than later! If you have the ability to help those with needs also let us know that. We are all in this together and together we will get through.
We are all strong, capable, intelligent people and all of us on the Leadership Team are here to support you in any way we can, and to connect you in supporting each other.