Bringing Our Community Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Susan Noyes

Now, more than ever, it’s important to stay connected to each other. By helping each other, we help ourselves too.

We all have our usual, trusted news sources we rely upon in times such as these; but, national and global coverage during a crisis can sometimes be too broad, and even frightening. Breaking down the coverage to a community level — what’s happening close to home that supports the people, businesses and organizations you love — makes it more relatable, and hopefully, less overwhelming. Make It Better Media Group, which includes Better, Marin Magazine and SPACES, is working to provide that information to you, across all of our platforms.

We have ramped up our digital content to be more immediate and helpful. You will receive several Better Letters weekly, and find daily posts on our site and across our social networks that will be relevant to your life and our communities right now. Our content will include ways you can help beloved local businesses, tips on how to stay healthy, sane and connected, community interest stories, canceled and postponed events, and more. Most importantly, we promise to stay positive, inspiring and as helpful as possible.

The Illinois stay-at-home order commences tomorrow at 5 p.m. And picking up on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s theme, now more than ever, we need to stay connected and live helpfully and kindly. We’re also grateful to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for building an administration, as she said in her speech yesterday, “steeped in compassion and empathy” and organizing her Covid-19 response through the lens of a “mother, wife, neighbor and friend.”

“We need to love each other — today and every day,” Lightfoot declared, as she explained the city’s wide-ranging plans and newly established resources. This includes suspending the collection of many taxes, fees, parking and moving violation tickets, and ceasing the delivery of eviction notices. Newly created financial assistance programs include the establishment of a Covid-19 Response Fund set up by the Chicago Community Trust and United Way, a $100 million Small Business Resilience Fund organized under Goldman Sachs leadership and $2.5 million donated by Citadel founder and CEO Ken Griffin to insure food security. As usual, our great city and surrounding communities are responding with heart.

And in California, where the stay-at-home order was issued statewide yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said “A state as large as ours, a nation-state, is many parts, but at the end of the day, we’re one body.”

Kindness, generosity and love is the best way forward and Better is delighted to amplify as much of that as you can send our way.

We want to hear from you too. We’re providing as many resources as we can to keep you informed during this difficult time, but please feel free let us know what you want to know about, tips you might have, or just tell us how you’re doing. By coming together as a community, we can get through this crisis.

We are all #BetterTogether.

And our company is grateful for the opportunity to help.


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