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March 18, 2020
Global Friends Coalition: Educate, Embrace, Empower



Global Friends' Response to COVID-19 

 
Dear <<First Name>>,
We are making some hard decisions, along with everyone else. We have decided to suspend all classes and activities. Bringing more than ten people together is discouraged right now. So, we have cancelled our English, citizenship, and sewing classes, along with Social Hour. We are also asking our volunteers to suspend in-home visits and of course, with schools closed, there are not any opportunities for our volunteers to go into schools. Everything we do is about bringing people together! But the coronavirus, COVID-19, is serious and we need to do our part in making sure people are safe.

We are hearing of people getting together to celebrate some milestones. We will be developing some resources to caution people about gathering. We all need to think of new ways to stay connected to people rather than convening a lot of people together in one space. If we can all curtail our exposure to other people, the community as a whole will thrive. We want to ensure that our New American community is safe and feels supported.

We are working on getting some resources out in the community so people learn some of the ways to stay safe from the coronavirus. If you need something from us, please email or call. We are still working, although remotely. We are following the latest news from the Center for Disease Control.


In Kindness,



Cynthia H. Shabb
Executive Director


 
GLOBAL FRIENDS ACTIVITIES & CLASSES
All Global Friends' programming is cancelled until we know more about COVID-19. We have postponed Soup in the Studio. 
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Before heading out to an event, or a facility, check on its status. The Grand Forks Public Schools is gathering educational resources and will be posting these. All announcements about the Grand Forks Public Schools can be found on their website. The Grand Forks Public Library is closed; and as of 5:00 p.m. today, so is the East Grand Forks Public Library. Choice Fitness is closed, as are many other places.

For some new at-home activities, the East Grand Forks Public Library put together these resources and we are continuing to look for more fun ideas to do with kids when you are at home. The Grand Forks Public Schools is gathering educational resources and will be posting these. All announcements about the Grand Forks Public Schools can be found on their website.

This Facebook group is full of people in Greater Grand Forks compiling community and online resources, and a place to come together to offer or ask for mutual aid.
 What matters to you?  Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the census brings in millions of federal dollars into our community, and helps inform planning efforts for all these important community resources. You should receive in the mail an invitation to participate in the Census. You are given a "Census ID" that you will need to use.  PLEASE GO ONLINE AND FILL OUT THE FORM! 
To learn how census data impact you and your community, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV

 
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