I was last in my office on March 13th, not only because the United Church of Christ national office building is closed and all staff are working from home, but also (and more importantly) because I developed a dry cough. Consequently, I began self-isolating, assuming I may have COVID-19. I can’t know this for sure at this point, because testing has lagged so far behind in the U.S. that available tests must be prioritized for those with more serious symptoms. Continue reading Stay Home, Stay Engaged
As COVID-19 spreads across our nation more communities and families need help and hope every day. Today Congress passed a $2 trillion relief package that was a critical step toward easing some the burdens of this crisis for millions of children and families. Among its provisions, it will provide low- and middle-income earners one time cash payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child; more support for low-income renters, protections against foreclosures and evictions, grants for homelessness assistance, and temporary shelter and services for homeless youths; food assistance as more families qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); child care assistance for essential personnel responding to the outbreak and some help to other child care providers; support for local school systems and higher education institutions so they can continue to provide high-quality education; more services to prevent child maltreatment and help victims of family violence; and more unemployment insurance benefits. Continue reading Providing help and hope to our children in this time of great crisis
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt
by Shawn Nowlin
In the wake of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, Governor Ralph Northam has closed all schools in the Commonwealth for the remainder of the school year.
Roughly 17,000 students are registered in both Roanoke and Salem alone–not including County. Continue reading Local restaurants offering free meals to students impacted by school closings
The “Impactors of Excellence Awards” program recognized and honored the following: Patrick Curtis, Sr., Garland Gravely, Eboni Harrington, Donna Welcher Lee, Rev. Anthony L. Holmes, Sr., QuoVadis Washington-Brown, Lorena Taylor, Rollins Wilson, and Richard Wilson for their untiring service to the community and the impact each has made on the lives of the youth members and in the community. Continue reading Local NAACP Youth Honored Leaders