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Below is a summary of our Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 21. Lucy Ferris asked if she could list Progressive Women of Greater Hartford as an affiliate of Sister District. No objections, so thanks Lucy, we approve. It will help keep us in the loop about Sister District and our campaign with Jonathan Kassa in Pennsylvania. We offered some of our favorite ways to spend time while we are in quarantine: TV Series Netflix - Schitts Creek It’s hilarious! https://www.netflix.com/title/80036165 TV Series Netflix -Fauda Engrossing https://www.netflix.com/title/80113612 TV Series Hulu Mrs. America TV Series HBO Plot Against America https://www.hbo.com/the-plot-against-america TV Series HBO My Brilliant Friend based on the novels by Elana Ferrante. There is also a discussion one hour before the show.https://www.hbo.com/my-brilliant-friend Theater Free Fall Theatre in St. Petersberg, FL. They hold a zoom discussion on plays from the National Theater in London open to all. https://freefalltheatre.com/ Fitness Mandell JCC is holding fitness classes, including the popular instructor Pete Untiet teaching Tai Chi Morning everybody, Thursdays 10:30-11am Participating in a monthly book club via Zoom Baking with my grandson Making a difference during the coronavirus We seek to do something meaningful, but this is a challenge. Most organizations dealing directly with those impacted by the coronavirus are primarily in need of financial donations. But here are some ideas we discussed: Volunteer with Foodshare/Foodbanks United Way donations Bloodbank donations Thinking of a way to read to children who have English as their second language One of us is supplying writing prompts to grammar school children through Trinity College Federation and Jewish Family Services are seeking volunteers to make friendly phone calls to local Jewish seniors, to see how they are doing and whether they might need assistance. To learn more or to volunteer, please email Alana Butler or call her at 860.840.7626. The Town of West Hartford has launched the “Eat Local-Win Local” campaign to generate support for local restaurants. Spend at least $15 at two different West Hartford restaurants for a minimum total of $30 from April 20 to May 31. Maybe buy one for you, one for a neighbor/senior/someone you are thinking of? https://www.westhartfordct.gov/gov/departments/economic_development/eat_local_win_local_.asp Delamar Hotel Due to unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we will be donating 50% of all gift certificates purchased for our hotels and spas to our dedicated employees during this time. To purchase a gift certificate, please contact Linda Kozelska at lkozelska@thedelamar.com or at 203-413-3514. https://delamar.com/gift-cards/ Follow Greg Hammond on Facebook: 30 Days of Impact for more ideas https://www.facebook.com/GregHammondImpact/ Another idea: Leave care packs when expecting a delivery. Include a snack, latex gloves, & Lysol wipes in a ziplock. Inspired by @prisonculture. If there is a specific activity that would work for our ProWo group, let Jane know and she will pass on. Each of us can ‘calendar’ the volunteer work we do. If you share with Jane, she will share or post to our website.

[More ideas: Donate blood—CBI to hold Blood Drive on May 3

· Donate to Hands on Hartford at handsonhartford.org

· Donate personal protective equipment that is unopened: gloves, face masks, face shields, thermometers, thermometer covers, gowns, shoe covers, etc. You can also make home made face masks out of 100% cotton fabric. Further instructions at: www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19 or drop off directly in the main lobby of Hartford Hospital]

We reviewed options for postcards, letter writing, texting, other related organizations, and enacting Vote by Mail. See this document here: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aa5ad9bda-01f7-4efa-93ac-d1d057ba3390 Susan F let us know about EcoArtSpace.org THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 EARTH DAY Wednesday, April 22 from 8 AM PST to 8 PM EST Susan is doing a presentation on Remembering the First Earth Day You can check it out: .https://www.facebook.com/ecoartspacefanpage/ We discussed structural racism in health care. Read: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-black-plague

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