Coronavirus And Its Teachable Moments

Coronavirus And Its Teachable Moments

Coronavirus And Its Teachable Moments

This too shall pass.

At times, it may not feel like it, but the fact is that these are moments in time. We are a resilient people. We are going to get through this—and we actually are getting through this. When chaos happens we learn things about ourselves. Sometimes the dwell on the ugly things, but good things are happening and we simply need to learn from them.

Here are a few opportunities and lessons learned that will help us shape a better future for everybody:


1. A Job Is More Than A Job

What a difference a few weeks makes. Just a month ago, unemployment was at 3.1% and the economy was booming. Now many  face financial uncertainties for their businesses and for their households caused by closures and lockdowns. For many the feeling of hopelessness is new, but it proves the power that a job and financial provision can bring. When we are driven by purpose, hope is restored.

It’s easy to villainize those who want to  increase jobs as callous individuals only interested in the “almighty dollar.” Now we can see a job brings purpose, hope, dreams, and a sense of dignity. Work is an important part of our sense of well being.

 

a family playing on the couch2. We Were Meant for Relationship

Social distancing and lockdowns are making us appreciate the need and rewards strong relationships bring.

During a crisis that asks us to maintain distance, people are finding new ways to connect.

Why?  Because we need it for our well-being. It is why we must continue to work to strengthen family and interpersonal relationships in all communities. Many people are taking online classes or learning new activities to bring us closer. While many of us had models for healthy relationships and interactions, not everyone has had that luxury. And after this is over, we will need to continue to foster these activities. Moving forward we must make sure that all people have access to the social capital that many of us are learning to appreciate on a new level.

 

3. Accessible Education For All

Many of us are experiencing the struggle of educating our kids. We are learning what it is like to try to find the best tools to keep our kids learning. 

While a great resource, online education isn’t as readily available as we hoped. More importantly, while some students have moved to online options, not all can. 

The lack of equitable educational opportunities will lead to change. The solution going forward will be modular options in education. Not all kids need to go into a physical 22-person classroom to get educational needs met. Ones that can should continue to do so, but we must open up our thinking to ensure every person has equal access to high-quality education.

 

a volunteer with a donation box4. As Necessary as Government is, Our Communities Hold the Answer

Yes, government has played a huge role in keeping society moving with stimulus packages and mobilizing services, but where we really flourish is in community action. From nonprofits providing services, feeding the needy, and connecting communities in an online environment to businesses providing the industry needed to keep goods flowing, all are examples of what happens when we work together to fight against a common enemy.

There will be thousands of stories coming out of this pandemic of neighbors supporting neighbors, foster families stepping up to help children forgotten during hardships, local community organizations providing services typically served by government, and businesses serving despite shackles of a lockdown as they await a return to normalcy.

We will persevere and we will be better.

THE CENTER SQUARE – SNAP applications in Georgia jump sharply during COVID-19 crisis

THE CENTER SQUARE – SNAP applications in Georgia jump sharply during COVID-19 crisis

Applications to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have increased by 79 percent in less than a week in Georgia amid the COVID-19 outbreak, state officials said.

The health crisis, which has led to the social distancing requirements and shelter-in-place orders in places around the state, also has caused a spike in unemployment claims and fears over food security…

Representatives for the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), a solutions-based think tank focused on community building through public policy, said they expect the number of Georgians who depend on government assistance to continue to grow in the coming months.

“The health toll is the most severe, but the economic consequences are also deeply felt,” GCO president and CEO Randy Hicks said.

 

GCO spokesman Corey Burres said long-term reforms need to be set in place to drive faster recovery.

“Obviously the longer our communities face financial hardship, the less money will be available for government interventions,” he said.

Hicks said the most impact could come from community support.

“We believe that the most good will happen through our local communities, where neighbors help neighbors,” he said.

Read the full article here

What Does The 2020 Stimulus Package Mean? | VIDEO

What Does The 2020 Stimulus Package Mean? | VIDEO

What Does The 2020 Stimulus Package Mean? | VIDEO

What’s in the coronavirus stimulus bill and what does it mean for Georgia families and small businesses?

GCO’s Vice President of Public Policy, Buzz Brockway, went live on Facebook to answer that question and talk about what is next. 

Federal relief package update. How will what Washington is doing help you?

Posted by Georgia Center for Opportunity on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Community Is Happening Despite Social Distancing

Community Is Happening Despite Social Distancing

Community Is Happening Despite Social Distancing

As our communities, state, country, and even the world face unprecedented times because of the COVID-19 virus, one thing remains constant: community. It’s true that because of mandates on social distancing, physical gatherings are being discouraged. This may make some people feel disconnected.

It is a natural reaction. We are meant for community and the family it brings. It is why one of the vital pieces of the success sequence is family, and it is why the Georgia Center for Opportunity provides classes on relationship.

So what do we do when we can’t physically be together? Never underestimate the ingenuity of people to create community however they can.

Here are a few great examples of people who are working to establish connection amidst social distancing:

1. Do You Want To Read A Kid’s Book?

Josh Gad, most famously the voice of Olaf in Frozen, daily reads kids books via Twitter.

2. Good Samaritan Shopper

In light of fear of exposure to the elderly and immune compromised, a Charlotte man is offering to shop for those who are unable, or concerned about, going out for themselves.

3. Inspirational Songs

Jon Foreman, lead singer of the band Switchfoot, leads nightly acoustic sing alongs from his home in California.

4. Online Churches & Small Groups

While many churches offered online streaming options before the outbreak, many are being thrust into a new way of doing church for everyone. It’s not just Sunday morning services, but small groups and youth ministries as well.

Last night my son joined dozens of other middle school students on Instagram for a live stream and chat. My men’s small group meets virtually, and my wife is working with our women’s ministry to host daily chats with women stuck at home.

Our church is far from the only one doing this. Church communities all over the country are finding ways to stay connected virtually.

 

5. Online Concert & So Much More

Brad Paisley has already shown that he is doing everything he can to support the community during this time. But on Thursday, March 20, 2020 he will be hosting a live concert on Instagram and he is already taking requests via text.

 

It all comes down to connection. We are meant for community. Despite the need to stay apart physically, we still find ways to connect.

Relationship is vital to your well being and to your upward mobility. Stay connected and find ways to be part of the community, virtual or not, around you.

 

Share How You Are Staying Connected In The Comments!

Strengthening Family – Making The Most Of This Time Together

Strengthening Family – Making The Most Of This Time Together

Strengthening Family – Making The Most Of This Time Together

It’s an unprecedented time across Georgia, America, and the world as we all grapple with Coronavirus. As schools and daycare centers shut their doors to prevent further spread, millions of parents are faced with a new way of life, alone at home with the kids all day.

At GCO, we believe that family is vital—now more so than ever. So we’re approaching this as a great time for families to connect and interact in new ways. Here are a few ways to do that.

Family Activities

Doing activities together can open up opportunities for conversations and interactions that wouldn’t come naturally.

These resources can help you identify a few ways to stay engaged with each other.

1.

Fun Things To Do In The House

  • Play a Board Game
  • Start your spring garden by planting seeds indoors
  • Build a fort using blankets
  • Make colorful slime out of Elmer’s glue and borax
  • Learn a language on Duolingo
  • Take the “try not to laugh challenge” on YouTube
  • Do a family puzzle
  • Have a family reading hour
  • Watch a streaming movie
  • Enjoy as actor, Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen), reads to storybooks to the kids on Twitter
  • Do an arts and craft project

2.

Explore Your Neighborhood

  • Take a walk
  • Take a hike in an area where there aren’t a lot of people
  • Try to discover and write down all of the plants and animals in your neighborhood
  • Play yard games like spikeball, badmitton or Boche ball
  • Play catch

 

    What is your family doing to connect while you are at home?
    Let Us Know In The Comments