The turning of the calendar page to a new year may not deserve all of the significance we tend to assign to it, but there is value in taking a moment to reflect on the past year and imagine (or plan for) the next one.
In March, when the first of the pandemic lock downs began, L.I.N.K. had to adjust very quickly, and our volunteers and partner organizations and congregations turned up in significant ways
to make sure L.I.N.K. could continue to provide meals for people in our community who need them. We’ve had to adapt to some new ways of doing things for now, but we have been so greatly encouraged by those who have continued to prepare food to share, and those whose generosity helped us meet our financial needs all year long. We have not been alone in this work—other organizations (including some we partner with directly) have been stepping up to address food insecurity, which has been at record high levels in Douglas County, a direct result of the economic impact of the pandemic.
Of course, the turning of the calendar page did not bring an end to the pandemic, and while there is some light up ahead (somewhere? soon?), we know that it could be some time before we are able to return to anything that approximates “normal” operations. We believe that day will come. And to that end, the L.I.N.K. staff and board of directors are working to plan and
prepare for whatever may come our way in 2021.
If you are a L.I.N.K. volunteer or supporter, thank you so very much for your help—it means a lot to us and those we serve. If you aren’t currently involved with L.I.N.K., we hope you will take a closer look at the work we do and let us know if you would like to be involved, either with a financial gift or volunteer service or something else.
We look forward to a happy and better year in 2021!
—Rev. Doug Heacock, L.I.N.K. board member
WE LOVE OUR HELPERS!
Fred Rogers’ advice for children during times of tragedy
—“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”—
is still pretty good advice.
WINDSHIELD OR REAR VIEW MIRROR?
Many of us are surely ready to exclaim, “Good riddance!” to 2020, a year that brought us a global and
deadly pandemic, a significantly damaged economy, nationwide protests around racial
injustice, a brutally contentious election, and a far more polarized society, when all was said
and done. And a LOT was said and done. But we look forward…