Hometown Heroes

Heroes from every walk of life have emerged to lend a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAMLARC would like to hear about and share stories of the efforts of hometown heroes that are making a difference in our community. SAMLARC Members from all essential industries have sustained the community during this crisis; from healthcare providers, caregivers, first responders and law enforcement to those employed in the postal services, grocery stores, take-out restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores. We encourage you to share stories of the efforts of your family members, friends and neighbors in essential fields such as these, so that we may honor their service and courage. Please click HERE to submit your hometown hero story!

As the physical and social impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have disrupted our everyday routines, the activities that we once took for granted have shifted as we adapt to our new “normal.” Many members of the community are able to stay home, work remotely, and limit their interpersonal actions – doing their part to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the virus. However, behind the scenes of this new reality is an essential workforce that bravely serves the community every day.

These hometown heroes often work shifts that span over twelve (12) hours per day, at times with limited access to personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Their jobs include not only physical treatment but also support the emotional wellbeing of those in need. Many have also made the difficult decision to live apart from their families, continuing to protect public health even after the workday is over. Their expertise and dedication are invaluable to society as whole.

California’s “Shelter-In-Place” order has limited access to shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. However, a new workforce has risen up to meet the needs of the community. Grocery store team members are quickly restocking food and supplies, while retail team members fill hundreds of online orders. In addition to their regular fare, local restaurants are offering grocery alternatives. Food delivery drivers, e-commerce teams, and those in the postal service are working to deliver the items which allow the community to continue functioning during this time of physical limitation. These front-line heroes are helping to make it possible for the broader community to stay safely at home.

In addition, a swell of energetic volunteers has emerged to meet additional needs of the community. A local sewing group has created more than 3,000 masks to support hospitals and retirement homes. Community members are donating blood to alleviate the shortage. Neighbors are spreading joy through window decorations, “take one leave one” stands, and entertaining videos. The actions of these selfless volunteers strengthen the community’s unity and positivity during this time.

The SAMLARC Board of Directors thanks the many community members who tirelessly serve our community. Every Tuesday evening, from 7:00 to 7:02 p.m. we invite you to step outside onto your porch or balcony and applaud the efforts of these hometown heroes.

As the Coronavirus continues to impact our world and all facets of life, the SAMLARC Board of Directors is committed to protecting public health and slowing the spread of the virus in the SAMLARC community. To learn more about SAMLARC’s response to the Coronavirus in this time, please visit SAMLARC.org/coronavirus.

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