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We are leadership and personal development geeks. We love steeping ourselves in folks who value service and who rally the world to give it their best to put their best foot forward.
One such soul is John C. Maxwell. He’s basically a preacher who found his true higher calling as a secular Leadership Development guru. Having followed him on some level since 2008, we find his definition of leadership as influence and of a leader’s purpose as being to serve others, as well as his knack for asking excellent questions deeply fortifying.
Last week, John hosted a series of Livestreams called “Leading Through Crisis: Virtual Leadership Summit”
He also offers daily inspirations; A Minute with Maxwell.
It’s kind of like a “Church of Leadership as Service,” He’s humbling, inspirational and a good storyteller. It helps.
From the Global Message to Local Support…
Honestly, though, we wouldn’t have realized those events were happening if it weren’t for our friend, John C. Maxwell partner, Deb Ingino. Deb didn’t introduce us to Maxwell, and honestly we’ve learned more from her deep experience independent of that affiliation, but we knew we’d found a kindred spirit the first time she mentioned his name.
Deb is now offering her own mastermind session:
Long Island Leading Through Crisis – An Online Leadership Roundtable
We hope you can join Deb Ingino and other business leaders as we learn to become better leaders together and face the challenges of today,
When: 4-5:30pm Monday April 6th through Thursday April 9th
To Register: Go to the Eventbrite Page
This is not a selling event for Deb, this is a serving event from her to the Long Island community. Therefore there is no cost and it is considered a “private” event. Please register so she can email you the online connection link, the phone number access option and your participant guide.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. Vision Long Island, one of our region’s strongest advocates for Main Street is now releasing daily issues of their new Main Street News. as it endeavors to keep up with events as they unfold. Check out their website. Follow their Facebook.
It’s a sobering, comprehensive review of important, information that includes a range of local initiatives, resources and ways you can help.
There’s news about what’s open, how folks are doing and whatever they can find to help folks weather the storm.
So go there and get informed. In general, some updated ideas that have seemed good to us include:
- Find your favorite local businesses on social media. Call them on the phone See what they’re doing. Buy their stuff.
- Buy Gift Certificates. Consider simply sending a donation to your favorite local business
- Restaurants are closed, but many can still do takeout/delivery. This article, which seems very well resourced, helped us feel informed and a lot safer about doing that!
- Realize many of these places care about their own health, your health and the community more than most ever realized. Know that many local shops are going out of their way to safely keep on keeping on — Much of Main Street — not just the eateries — are now offering curbside service and even delivery. Look up their website/social media. Even if they aren’t advertising it, call them to inquire!
- Special events are hugely important for organizations. Had an event cancelled? Send a donation! You can check our newsletter archives to find 100s of great local organizations
- Strongly consider supporting policy proposals that directly support individuals, small businesses and local governments. While they are going out of their way to come up with creative means of keeping going, there is only so much they can do,
- Just be kind — Especially to the cashiers, service providers and others working through this. Just. Be. Kind.
You can do this from home really easily!!!
The 2020 Census affects how much federal dollars our region will receive for the next decade. We’re going to keep on linking to this feature because it is SOOOOO IMPORTANT to ALL OF US that we get an accurate Census count.
These numbers matter, especially to children, the region’s most vulnerable, and to everyone who wants to make sure we get an appropriate FEMA allocation!
Long Island already pays a lot more in taxes to the Federal Government than it gets back. Undercounts make that worse!!! Plus, this impacts all sorts of planning, at all levels.
PLEASE SHARE THIS, Especially with folks who reach folks in traditionally undercounted demographics..
One of the many folks on the Human Services front that we’ve long appreciated is Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds of the Family & Children’s Association in Nassau County. He suggest that this press update from NYS Senator Kaplan is a good resource for those who care and/or need services during this challenging time, be they senior services, hunger, housing, healthcare, domestic violence, drug addiction, or legal services.
We were heartened to hear that caring LIers crashed the LI Cares website trying to make donations. Still, food banks are facing significant challenges, especially with everyone rushing the grocery stores!
They are running an “Essential Drive in Response to COVID-19 School Closures, which you may donate to here. You can check out their Facebook Page for information on what they’re doing to serve our most vulnerable, including mobile food pantries!
From The INN: What You Can Do to Help Right Now
Housing Help has been offering info on legislative and other matters that impact housing and more
Mental Health: We don’t know where this “Waves of Wellness” is based, save Facebook, but it’s been helpful
For Veterans: One of the better sources of information we’ve come across aimed directly at vets is Patchogue VFW Commander Dave Roger’s personal Facebook Page. We are grateful for his service.
For Seniors: Stop and Shop will be open exclusively to folks over 60 from 6-7:30am starting Thursday. This lets them get there when it’s the least touched and the best stocked. We are grateful.
We are grateful schools are working to provide digital education on the fly, and wish everyone the best in figuring that out. We are also grateful that they are endeavoring mightily to keep those who count on them fed.
Meanwhile, the kids are home, we really shouldn’t be taking them around other people and we need good ways to keep everyone thoughtfully enriched:
Here’s a great roundup of resources from Huntington NOW
Entertainkidsonadime.com offers 100 Activities to do at home with Kids
Funinfirst.com offers Free Online Resources for Learning at Home
Some wonderful Mrs. Fahrney offers 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links
AdventuresinFamilyHood.com has 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids
NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) had guidance on Making the most of school-closures
Meanwhile, freecodecamp.org has 450 Ivy League Courses You Can Take for Free.
Here are even more ideas from the New York Times
While we STRONGLY RECOMMEND erring on the side of science in terms of understanding how disease spreads and what we have good evidence heals, we also know a great many who (while also following Dr’s orders) find healing and overcoming a deeply personal experience that is greatly strengthened by their faith.
We have also long agreed with Dale Carnegie that prayer is much more psychologically useful than worry and — when there’s nothing else we can do — remains better than doing nothing.
Many houses of worship are closing. While we haven’t yet found a comprehensive guide to what’s now available, we have seen many of our faithful friends posting information about services that are occurring online. We encourage you to contact your own community. We will share what we come across.
We see that Donna Martini has been offering her own “Mighy Mantras” on Facebook as her contribution to helping folks find some spiritual solace.
While she probably wouldn’t call herself a faith healer, we do find Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings deeply soothing to our souls. Here is her Meditation on Thich Nhat Hanh’s, “How To Love” a lesson on how to grow our hearts.
For our own part, we pray that – now and always – humanity endeavors toward truth and love, best we may humbly discern our way forward, fueled by faith, dexterity and strength, with gratitude for every blessing we may count, especially to those who keep hope alive.
Peace and well-wishes to all.
This is a really tough time to be a small business or a not-for-profit organization. While everyone is rightly encouraged to stay home and keep their hands off the world, bills are still coming due and people are wondering what’s going to happen to their income.
When you see one of your most go-getting survivors of a friend seeking donations for her employer, you have to stop and think — What are we going to do for our people here?
Vision Long Island is one of our region’s strongest advocates for Main Street. They have just released their first Main Street News offering a great guide to what people can do in terms of personal initiative, resources and advocacy.
Another strong advocate for local business that has been posting good stuff on their facebook page is the Long Island Business Council.
In general, some ideas that have seemed good to us include:
We thought this article from our friend Robbie Samuels was really helpful:
9 Ways to Network During a Pandemic
“Due to an abundance of caution, we’re canceling our event.”
All over the world, event organizers have had to make the difficult decision to send this message.
According to the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, 76% of people surveyed said that networking was a top driver for why they chose to attend a live event.
How do we keep networking if live events are being canceled, postponed, or becoming virtual events?”
Online Virtual Meeting Tools
We’ve also been thinking about how to meet remotely, and what services might be helpful. Our friend, Deb Ingino brought Zoom to our attention, which was also recently recommended by a dear friend Kathy Kuthy.
Thanks to Pilar Moya, we learned that Google is making their premium version of Hangouts Meet free until July 1st. She also led us to be reminded about Skype Meanwhile, our kids have having a lot of their own meetings on Facebook Messenger.
Of course, the phone still works, too. 🙂
Now is a time for story telling, picture painting, music making and dance. We firmly believe these things are fundamental to the human spirit and will choose to be grateful that for now, perhaps, we’ll have some more time to practice our crafts.
We at the Firefly Artists will likely be closing our physical doors for a while, but we will also be ramping up creative endeavors to support art and our artists.
Like the Firefly Artists on Facebook for that and so much more.