Young Children Priority One Ideas in a COVID-19 World
Give or continue to give financially to food distribution centers (ie. Table, Food Banks , Schools —Continuing to feed our children at this time is critical). Additionally, food pantries/banks/centers are experiencing not only increased demand for food but are getting increased inquiries about cleaning supplies and diapers.
Volunteer to help children with school work who are in the hospital (one on one virtually).
Encourage members and the community to donate blood, if possible. Blood donation is needed as supplies are at a critically low level. Contact www.redcrossblood.org for an appointment.
The budgets of early education and childcare centers that are open or that might be re-opening are under heavy strain. Some centers may now have older children all day so ask them about items that may be needed for those children (Never gift a center without consulting the director or site manager.) Check to see what needs centers might have and then discuss how your club might help meet those needs. Consider giving gift cards to providers. Consider an appropriate socially distant fundraiser.
Advocate with your local and state elected officials urging them to support early education/childcare. With government budgets at all levels under heavy stress, many will view early education/childcare as an easy target unless they hear from groups like Kiwanis.
Support school aged students kids who depend on 2 or even 3 meals a day at school. Reach to your local district and ask them how to help.
Offer parents who might be suffering from new stresses the opportunity to have support by organizing discussion and sharing groups.
Child abuse could be on the rise. Contact local agencies to see if there is some way you can help them reach out – like manning a phone help line.
Consider sponsoring a community Vroom session. Early learning can happen anywhere, anytime, and parents, are you looking for FREE and easy to access resources? #Vroom has 1,000+ creative and fun ways to add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, and more. You already have what it takes to be a brain builder! For more Vroom Tips, to download the Vroom App, or to sign up for Vroom By Text visit: https://www.vroom.org/
Important message from Governor John Falconer regarding Mid Winter Conference
For the past few days we have been monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus and the affect it would have on our Mid-Winter Conference this coming weekend. As the days progressed, the spread of the virus continued to expand so that it now involves far more than it did a week ago. The outlook over the next days and weeks does not look any better.
Over the weekend I asked Bart Stevens to determine what the cost to the District would be if we were to cancel the event. Bart was able to report back that the Holiday Inn in Mansfield would waive all fees and charges if we cancelled by 5 PM Monday. Once it was determined that there would be no financial impact on the District, I made the decision to cancel the event and refund all registration and meal fees paid.
The decision to cancel was not taken lightly and it was a hard decision to make. But when consideration was given for the health of our attendees there really was only one alternative.
The hotel is going to make a mass cancellation of all room reservations made as part of our block of rooms. If you made your room reservation and received the Kiwanis rate there is no need to call the hotel and cancel. However if you made a reservation outside of our block of rooms you need to call and cancel the room. If you were quoted a rate other than $112 per night, you need to call and cancel your reservation.
Thank you for your understanding and also thank you for your continued commitment to Kiwanis and the communities we serve.
One week until the New England & Bermuda District of Kiwanis Midwinter Conference! Are you registered? Registration closes tomorrow, March 8.
Why should you attend? Here are the TOP TEN reasons to register by tomorrow! - Kiwanis Speed Networking Friday evening - Hear from Circle K Governor Angela Haglund at Saturday's breakfast session, hosted by the Past Lt. Governors Committee - Lt. Governor Kayt Turner will be taking free headshot photos that you can use on your club website, in your club newsletter, or on social media - Kiwanis 101 "30-minute Power Sessions" about International Convention, Club Nominations and Elections, and the new *free* Kiwanis website platform - A two-hour training session for club officers - SEVENTEEN workshop sessions to choose from, organized into three tracks: Membership Growth, Service, and Club Leadership & Operations - Enthusiastic and knowledgeable workshop presenters: John Falconer, Bart Stevens, David Wyskiel, Will Bradford, Elyse Denorfia, Gayla Bartlett, Michelle Algiere Hill, Denis V. Murphy II, Brian Cofrancesco, Foster M Crawford, Kayt Turner, Dawn Wood Fitzgerald, Brad Cassin, Bob Willey, Sandra Mack, and Kiwanis International Area Director Emily Sharp - Hands-on service projects sponsored by the EKiwanis Club of New England and Bermuda - Updates from the Kiwanis Foundation of New England at Saturday's lunch - Divisional Meetings with your Lt. Governor
Don't miss out! Register today and review the final Conference Agenda at newenglandkiwanis.org/events/midwinter-conference. See you in Mansfield, MA! ... See MoreSee Less