Two days after news broke that the first Virginian passed away due to COVID-19, the coronavirus spread continues to change our daily lives as we know it. With confirmed cases reaching over 50 individuals in Virginia, many companies are encouraging employees to work from home, schools have suspended classes, and people are learning strange new phrases like "social distancing" and "flatten the curve."
This virus knows no economic status, creed, nationality, or political party. In this moment when the situation feels like it will only get worse and more frightening, we have a historic opportunity. At a time when we are encouraged to be physically separate from each other, we have the chance -- the responsibility -- to unify as Virginians.
Many families have children who will not receive the one daily meal that they get at school because they have been told to stay away. Parents may not be able to afford the unexpected cost of child care. Others do not have paid sick leave, let alone the luxury of a job where they can work from home. The list of painful economic hardships goes on.
That's where I hope you'll help me.
This is a fundraising email, but not for me or any other political candidate.
Instead, I ask that you band together with me as Virginians and consider contributing to a local charity that will help alleviate some of the burden that will disproportionately hit our most vulnerable communities here in Northern Virginia.
There are numerous non-profits worthy of your attention, but below are a few suggestions:
Arlington Free Clinic: provides free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults.
Arlington Thrive: provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents in need.
A-SPAN: works toward ending homelessness in Arlington through housing and ongoing case management.
SHARE of McLean: provides emergency financial assistance, food, used clothing, and more to those in need.
Food for Others: works toward ending hunger in Fairfax County.
Together, we can step up and lend a helping hand to our neighbors who will be hardest hit in these difficult times. Thank you for your consideration.
Delegate, 48th District
C: (571) 210-5876