Our community has come together and has taken the initiative to care for those who are vulnerable and in need of support. The nonprofits in the Stamford community have connected like soldiers armored with their generosity to fight this invisible yet violent virus.
Organizations such as Fill in the Blanks and Domus have provided supplemental food support for our families during these uncertain times. The SPEF organization has taken upon itself to rally volunteers to help support the Stamford Public Schools grab and go lunch during the April school break; otherwise, these students would not have received any meals.
Domus, in particular, has rallied some of its staff to help support food and delivery to vulnerable families who are experienced food insecurity. Also, Chartwells has stepped up to ensure the food given is nutritious and liked by the students.
This Good Friday, our community sites were packed with dedicated volunteers who greeted the families with smiles while ensuring they received their meals. The COVID-19 can social distance us, but it cannot remove love for the community. Since the start of the grab and go lunch provided by Stamford Public Schools, we have had dedicated volunteers who consistently provide support. I want to thank them personally for their encouragement and modeling what community loves means.
Our community reflects what our country was built upon. The enormous level of sympathy demonstrated by the Stamford community mirrors our resiliency. Without many words, the citizens of Stamford have banned together to ensure the most vulnerable are not forgotten or isolated. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
Bianca Shinn Desras is a Stamford resident and Parent Leader (PLTI).
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