By: Senator DiZoglio, April, 2020
Hello Valley Patriot Readers,
First, I want to reiterate to residents of the Merrimack Valley that my team stands ready to assist you – individuals, businesses, health care personnel, first responders and anyone and everyone needing any assistance. We are here to help answer your questions and ensure your concerns are addressed as we work to get through the COVID-19 response together.
On Beacon Hill, we in the legislature will continue to fight to increase testing, access to personal protective equipment (PPE), medical care and coverage, and resources for our first responders.
Simultaneously we are working to address challenges faced by our hospitals, local businesses, public safety departments, homeless shelters, schools, daycares and beyond – along with the challenges faced by all of the people each sector has employed or served.
The task is great and the legislature and Governor’s administration are working together, diligently, to try to find solutions and ways to assist you during these increasingly difficult times.I am so grateful to those of you who have reached out regarding concerns or gaps in the system that need to be identified and addressed.
We must continue to work together. My email is email@example.com and my phone number here in the district is (978) 984-7747.
If you would like to sign up for my email updates, please let us know and we will add you to our email list. Also, my team is continuously updating our social media accounts – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – with progress being made at the state and federal levels, as well as local resources and services.
Even if social media is not typically your cup of tea, I encourage you to go online and connect with one of my pages. This is both a way to receive important updates about what is happening at the state level and to respond with any concerns or issues that may need to be addressed. Your voice truly matters.
Regarding the need to stay connected, yes, it is important that we continue to communicate regarding legislation and policies. As someone who was born and raised here in the Merrimack Valley, however, and personally knows many of you as neighbors and friends, I want to use this as an opportunity to remind ourselves to reach out to loved ones and neighbors during these trying times.
We know that people often feel uncomfortable asking for help, or admitting they have a need. Beyond the physical or financial anxiety, many may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation amidst the inability, in many circumstances, to speak to others face to face. Let’s look out for one another over the course of this emergency and check in on our neighbors, coworkers, family and friends to let them know they’re not alone.
A phone call from someone who cares can be just the thing someone needs but might feel awkward asking for.
If you’re inclined to call someone to check in with them, follow your instinct and make that call of support – even if it’s just to say, “Hello, just checking in and want to let you know that you’re important to me, I care about you, and I’m here if you need me.” While many of us have gone through life without the internet and without mobile devices in the past, we haven’t gone through life without face-to-face social gatherings and a shutdown of our businesses simultaneously.
This is unchartered territory for all of us and we are trying to navigate it as best we can. If there was ever a time to be kind, neighborly and mindful of others – it’s now.
All hands on deck.
While our seniors, immunocompromised and disabled are most in need regarding physical assistance – including help with housework, mowing lawns, spring cleanup, shopping and delivery of personal protective supplies (PPE) – everyone is in need when it comes to mental and emotional supports right now. Acts of kindness and showing compassion and concern in our conversations with others can go a long way in giving someone an extra boost to fend off feelings of loneliness, anxiety or isolation.
As we work to move through this pandemic, we must look out for each other and stick together as a community.
Thank you for being part of the solution.
Yours in service,