Welcome to our Community Coalition Welcome Coffee!
Please say hello here in this chat bar
Hello - so nice to “meet” everyone. I’m Alisa Kotler-Berkowitz, from Temple Emunah.
I’m Jessie Steigerwald, I will be helping co-host this morning. I’m also a member of the Coalition Steering Committee.
Hello everyone! I’m Anne Mason, Minister of First Parish, here to represent the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association.
Heidi O’Mara is here
Hello, I'm Joe Pato - Select Board Member
Hi ! I am Kalyani Seth. I’ve been part of the Mental Health Subcommittee and Steering Committee for a couple years. Welcome everyone!
hello my name is Martha valencia and I’m a partner with the coalition with the Lextinas
Hi, this is Weidong Wang from Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL). Our web site is www.caal-ma.org
Heidi O’Mara from Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. www.snaparts.org,
Susan Barrett here from Transportation Services. I have a new laptop for this and don't seem to have video access at this time. Trying to work on audio.
Hi everyone, this is Valerie Overton (she/her) from LexPride. Our website is https://www.lexpridema.org.
Hi everyone! Emily Hayes here from LYFS (www.lyfsinc.org)
Good morning everyone, my name is Anthony Serio and I am the Assistant Director of Youth & Family Services for the Town of Lexington Human Services Department. I am a licensed clinical social worker that provides human services to any resident in the Town of Lexington under the age of 60. Our website is: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/youth-family-services
We are starting today with introductions this morning. Our state Representative Michelle Ciccolo is beginning our meeting with an update on what is happening at the state level.
I am logging off to troubleshoot for a 10AM meeting. In brief, we continue to operate transportation services, but only for essential workers and people that truly have no other way to get their essentials. Otherwise, we are connecting people with the many wonderful great groups in town, such as Neighbor Brigade for delivery of items. Thank you!
Thank you Susan!
if possible, please mute your mic if you aren't speaking
My website has a covid update page: http://www.michelleciccolo.com/coronavirus-resources.html
A friend of mine needs materials to make masks. Any way to get them: cotton cloth, elastics, etc.
Sign up for newsletters: http://www.michelleciccolo.com/newsletter.html
Please mute everyone Jessie
Jessie gave me some yesterday - we can check with her and I can connect you with another person I connected with yesterday.
We are hearing from Joe Pato, member of the Lexington Selectboard. Joe is the liaison to the Lexington Community Coalition
Hi everyone- my husband is a Emergency physician with the BIDMC group which is 12 hospitals. I also volunteer with Lexington Girl Scouts if anyone has any needs for their young daughters.
Can we record this? Just didn't want to start a recording without everyone's permission.
I think Jessie is recording this already
Michelle - Jessie is trying to record it.
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Great for the recording. We should post later if folks don't mind.
Town info: https://lexingtonma.gov/coid19
Town info: https://lexingtonma.gov/covid19 (correcting typo above)
Thank you Rep. Ciccolo - I’ll review that between speakers : )
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Lexington Community Coalition website: lexhere4you.org
These are the shared goals that Coalition partners and members are addressing together: Community Coalition = Town + Schools + CommunityThe coalition seeks alignment between the town, school, and community to address goals that can’t be met by one “arm” acting alone:1. Promote physical health and reduce alcohol and substance use2. Promote mental health & reduce experience of loneliness,depression & suicidal thoughts3. Promote intentional community action to celebrate our diversity4. Promote a culture of collaboration and innovation to reduceunnecessary obstacles to success while promoting academic excellence.
I have another call that starts at 10AM. I will have to jump off this call. Everyone please stay in touch. email@example.com and google voice: 781-330-0730
These are our Coalition partners: Community Coalition Partners for 2019 - 2020ABCL Association of Black Citizens of Lexington CAAL Chinese American Association of Lexington CALex Chinese Americans of LexingtonIAL Indian Americans of LexingtonIFAA Indian Family Activities Association of Lex (LexDESI) JPLex Japanese Support Group of LexingtonKOLex Korean-American Organization of Lexington LexART – Lexington Arts & Crafts SocietyLexington Historical SocietyLexington Human Rights CommitteeLICA Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club (LNNC) Lexington Pride CoalitionLextinasMunroe Center for the ArtsSEPAC Special Education Parent Advisory Council SEPTA Special Education Parent Teacher Association SNAP Special Needs Arts ProgramLexington Public SchoolsLexington Human Services DepartmentLYFS, Inc. Lexington Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Thank you Rep. Ciccolo!
We are now hearing from Reem Yared, from Help Around Town.
Help Around Town link: https://www.helparoundtown.com
Thank you Reem!
Might be helpful if everyone put in their full name and best contact into this chat.
We are now hearing from Emily Hayes from Lexington Youth and Family Services
Emily shared the following link: https://doxy.me/lyfs
Good morning everyone! Sorry I’m late. This is Anastasia Galanopoulos from Getnewperspective
Link to LYFS, Inc. https://www.lyfsinc.org
Hello Anastasia : )
I hold virtual office hours - Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays, 2-3pm via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/623099257
more info at https://joepato.org
Emily Hayes: LYFS Inc. www.lyfsinc.org
We are hearing from Anthony Serio from the Town of Lexington Human Services Department
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or text at 781-862-0330
Families can reach out via any of those.
Thank you Emily
Drop-In hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-12
Wednesday and Friday 2:30-4:#0
@Tony — I will have this info sent out through the SEPAC networks.
I also find a daily walk to be an absolute necessity for mental health and stress relief. I go out for 1 hour a day and that is the only break I often allow myself. Don't think I could get through this without it! Find a friend, stay 6' apart and walk the paths or streets now light on traffic.
I agree! I do this with or without my family almost daily.
Me, too! I encourage everyone to do this who can.
I have teenage boys whose biological tendencies would be to sleep all day. We are working with them to do a "project" every morning at 8:30 or 9am to give them a reason to get out of bed. We meet together, even if only for 1/2 hour and get them started with their day. Helps them tackle their on-line college work with more intention.
We are hearing from Heidi O’Mara from Special Needs Arts Program.
I complete agree with the "project" idea to help with the start of the day. I also think it's really important to consider frequent work breaks (5-10min) every few hours for all family members, especially if you and your family are all working from home.
Heidi, congratulations to SNAP on finding ways to keep your work going in such difficult circumstances
Echoing the suggestion of frequent breaks that Anthony Serio just noted. I'm finding myself far more achy from sitting at computer/phone all day. Much less moving around so critical to stretch, stand, using standing desk if you have one, take calls standing up, etc.
Can we schedule an invite, where we all watch the concert together?
I need to jump off, stay well everyone
Thanks Joe for joining us!
This is Rev. Anne - I need to hop off now. Thanks for being here, everyone.
Thank you so much Rev. Anne
Hola Cristina, Alejandra y Pili
I am going to try to paste in the stick figure project. This was done with branches found in the yard and glued onto paper to create movement.
Here is a link to our YouTube channel, which will soon be a link on our website:
Thank you so much for organizing this Jessie!
Human Rights Committee — Reporting — https://www.lexingtonma.gov/human-rights-committee/news/have-you-observed-or-experienced-discriminatory-behavior
Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., website is www.snaparts.org
Our general website is: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/human-rights-committee
We will post this on FB
Great idea! Yes!
I just read that there is no more collection in the pink bags of clothing etc. Maybe we can set up a cotton fabric collection box at Hartwell?
Mask info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gjt4MPGpCawO59z5VbGGprLJbzLx1P9g/view?ts=5e7a1e85
First Parish is also making masks. There is a person at FP with cotton sheets for linings and is willing to share. contact me if you want information: email@example.com. Martha is talking about craft passion.com I think
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Thanks, Jessie and everyone! I have to leave the meeting. Will check the website for recordings.
Hi all, I have to drop off now. Thank you For organizing. Jessie. Was my first coffee and very helpful. Thank you to all the groups for all theya re doign to help the community.
I'd love for someone to help organize a technology-repair/repurpose drive. I think there may be "old" cell phones and unused laptops that folks might be willing to lend/loan and I think there are a lot of seniors and others who need help getting up to speed with video technology. If we can get tech resources into more people's hands, it might really help on the social isolation. Is anyone looking at this issue?
Speaking of racism — we will also post the Lex Media link to the Community Conversation on Race — this year’s topic was The Necessity of Talking About Race with Your Children
Valerie Overton from LexPride. Our website is https://www.lexpridema.org.
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
Hi Everyone -- This is Ting Fang from New Legacy Cultural Center. We are a relatively new Cultural and Educational organization, dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in the community. We are aiming for lauching a series of programs specifically in hope of helping the community members in this difficult time, including free meditation(with the Art of Living), yoga, and other oriental health modalities. Here is the link for registering for the free meditation sessions starting next Monday: https://forms.gle/GDUjd15Hs8teHDGA9 I am also coordinating a group of home-sewn mask volunteers, and would be happy to share what we found from different needs and styles from different hospitals.
We are hearing from Sue Schiffer with updates about LexArt and the Lexington Community Farm!
link for the video of the mask making from Another Yarn Burlington
Will he work with a MacBook :)
Apple products are notoriously difficult without the genius bar
We can post a job on HelpAroundTown and an ad regarding this
Rsponding to Michelle on old cell phones and laptops- my son repairs laptops and gaming devices (www.giftagame.org). I'll ask him to focus on laptops if we can gather old/non-working laptops
If Vineeta’s son can sign up too
It was a super pleasure to connect briefly with this community and learn about all the resources available in Lex. I would love to collaborate to see how as Bridge School PTA member I could help my community to feel cohesive and together in this trying times. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
LexFarm Prebuy seedling sale through April 15: http://lexington-community-farm.mybigcommerce.com/
How fun would it be if we all made a video demonstrating how we cook our favorite specialty?! Love Ting's ideas.
I love that idea Michelle!
Everybody- LEF is palnning a virtual UNPLUG! on March 28. Activities like music, yoga, art and many others. Look out for information
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
We had a joint program with LexMedia and here is one of the episodes teaching how to make home-made dumplings: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/c0gKv9ZUF0uiidDafFfESDZA5EkkJp7L/media/531671?autostart=true&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
the link for registering for the free meditation sessions starting next Monday: https://forms.gle/GDUjd15Hs8teHDGA9
I just created a job on HelpAroundTown asking for tech donations
Tech donated will be sent to SNAP https://www.helparoundtown.com/jobs/e4ce67427552303993ad23c1
Anyone who wants to do an art project or do a sing-a-long, please check out our YouTube channel. More videos are on the way! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMPiadqRD4RO9CN5cQiH0ow
Thank you Reem
Thank you Jessie and everyone!