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Hi there,

This week marked the launch of the WeLoveMI campaign – a community effort to bring islanders together in support of local businesses and non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 emergency order. 

The campaign includes local non-profits within the categories of Human Services, Youth and Education, and Community and Culture. These include the Mercer Island Community Fund, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, Mercer Island Schools Foundation, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the Stroum Jewish Community Center, and others.

It describes how these organizations are continuing to service community needs during this unprecedented time; for example, the Boys & Girls Club is providing extended childcare for the island's essential workers. Yet, almost all local non-profit organizations are facing budget shortfalls and/or incurred additional costs during the stay-home order.

Additionally, the campaign includes a directory of Mercer Island businesses with links to GoFundMe pages. On these pages, I was moved reading the stories from local business owners describing the significant impacts they have faced so far due to COVID-19, as well as the acts of generosity already coming in from the campaign.

On one page, a business owner describes how a landlord flatly rejected an appeal for consideration of any rent relief. On another, a business owner describes how all funds will go directly to employees for food, gas, rent, and medical needs. On another, a business owner expresses gratitude when an anonymous donor pledges to match every donation made.

You can visit www.WeLoveMI.org to learn more, make a donation, and find out how you can help.

The campaign was created by the Mercer Island Community Fund, in collaboration with Mercer Trade Inc. (the "company" formed by the Mercer Island High School's International Entrepreneurship class), the Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders.

In other local news:
  • The Roanoke Inn is now offering daily takeout service. Visit their new website for the menu and more details at theroanokeinn.com.
     
  • The City has announced that its special events this summer, including Mostly Music in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park, and National Trails Day, have been canceled. Here's the latest update on City facilities closures and event scheduling.  
     
  • The City's Parks and Recreation (MIPR) Department is now providing special Senior / At-Risk Hours – from 7 to 10 am, Monday through Friday – at Mercerdale Park to accommodate safer park enjoyment and use for seniors and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions. Here's the latest facility and program update from MIPR (including an update about disabled and senior-only parking in parks).
     
  • Notice individuals with bright yellow vests out and about in your neighborhood? They are Emergency Response volunteers – helping to provide assistance, including delivery and non-professional safety services, in response to requests made through the City's coronavirus hotline. (City of Mercer Island)
     
  • Mercer Island Parent Edge recently sent a great special edition of their newsletter on "Parenting in this time of uncertainty."  It's full of helpful links and also includes some "stay-at-home hacks" and "creative ideas for family time."  
     
  • If you're on Facebook, here are two local groups you might check out for additional community tips and city and school information – Mercer Island Neighbors or Parents of Mercer Island.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy a little sunshine this weekend.

Take care,
Erin

Erin Sirianni
Editor, My Mercer Island
Broker and Co-Founder, The Sirianni Group
Windermere Real Estate – Mercer Island
206-992-5272
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