COVID-19 is affecting each one of us in Lincolnwood, though, it is helpful to take a moment to look outward. That outward look does not have to be very far to make a difference. Approaching this crisis on a street by street basis and getting to know your neighbors could mean the world to a neighbor who is scared or in need. Please consider connecting with your neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are many creative ways to connect with your neighbors on your block while using proper social distancing. Consider taking the lead and making a phone tree for your block, or maybe creating a facebook group. These small neighborhood pods can be helpful in connecting those in need while getting to know your neighbors. If you do not know someone on your block, consider writing them a letter to introduce yourself and inviting them to your neighborhood group.
Connecting during this time also means practicing social distancing. Some examples of practicing social distancing in these situations are to call neighbors on the phone instead of going over in person or dropping a meal off at the door, instead of handing it off in person.
If you have neighbors who are elderly, home-bound, or that may need assistance, giving them a phone call during this challenging time can go a long way. A neighbor may need food, medicine, supplies, or might appreciate just having someone to talk to on the phone. It is important to keep in mind that you do not know the challenges your neighbor down the block may be facing. One neighbor might be immunocompromised and stressed about picking up an important prescription from the pharmacy; another might be worried about missing work and losing wages. These examples are why we should all take the lead and make connections with our neighbors during this time. It is important, kind, and the Lincolnwood Way to approach this crisis.
For more information about COVID-19 and the Village’s response, please visit www.lincolnwoodil.org/coronavirus/.