As we wind down 2020, I wanted you to know that we are keeping very busy at the Center of Hope.
In my last note to you, I debuted a video we created—with funds from a Community Development Block Grant through the City of Toledo--to encourage residents to “Mask Up” to protect others during the pandemic.
I wanted you to know that the video is getting a terrific reaction throughout the community. In addition to appearing on digital and mobile screens across the area, the video has received significant media coverage, further amplifying our message on the following platforms:
Beyond “Mask Up,” I was also thrilled to appear with Keith Burwell, the CEO of The Greater Toledo Community Foundation on Business 360, hosted by Kristi Hoffman. This program looks at regional trends, technology and leadership in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Mr. Burwell and I were invited to discuss the work we did with GTCF’s COVID response fund, which put $500,000 into the community. Center of Hope was proud to be part of the community’s effort to respond to this pandemic, which we did through food programs and our after-school programs.
Mr. Burwell and I also were also featured with Lissa Guyton in a 13ABC story that ran on Thanksgiving Day.
As I close, I want to leave you with one thought. I’m proud of the innovation and resourcefulness the Center of Hope showed in pivoting to serve our community during a public health crisis.
Someday, hopefully soon, COVID will cease to dominate our lives. There will still be community needs. My commitment to you is that the Center of Hope will apply the same innovation and resourcefulness to lifting our community up in “normal times” that we did during the pandemic.
Please join me in reflecting on the New Year so we can re-dedicate ourselves to the promise of a better world.
Tracee Perryman, Ph.D.