Weeks 11/03/2020 to 11/30/2020
If you have community announcements you would like posted on our website, drop them off at our office, 604 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria at least two weeks prior to the event or fax them to 320-762-2156.
- United Way is accepting applications for COVID 19 Recovery Grants. Grants will be awarded as general operating support to non-profits with programs that help individuals recover from COBOD 19 by supporting mental health, education of our children and youth, employment, financial literacy and basic need. Learn more and read all guidelines at www.uwdp.org.
- The United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties announced the Community Coat Room is now open. United Way provides coats and cold weather accessories for Douglas and Pope County families free of charge. This is open to visitors and those who have donations to drop off. The office hours are Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call upon arrival as hours are subject to change. the office is located at 503 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria and the phone number to call is: 320-834-7800.
- Horizon Public Health is once again asking members of our community to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The virus is spreading at faster rates around the country, in the Mid-West and here in West Central Minnesota. Our cases have significantly increased during October and we are now approaching 200 active cases at any given time in our 5 counties. We are all connected; by our health, by our actions and by our commitment to each other. We need your help.
As the weather gets colder, we move indoors and our risk for transmission increases. While we are waiting for a vaccine, we are not ready yet to relax our preventative measures. Fall has been cut short, winter has arrived and we are needing some bright spots in our lives to find a way to get through these times. What is a person to do?
We know everyone has had many changes that required adjustments during 2020. What we also know is that is takes a supportive community, strong role models, and everyone working together to keep as many things going as we would like. We need to find the balance of living life fully, while also protecting the ones that we love, and those we may not even know, from a virus that doesn’t discriminate.
Horizon Public Health is seeing transmission of the virus as a result of a wide variety of activities. Everything from social and family gatherings, events, sports, workplaces can contribute to an exposure, or exposing someone else to the virus.
Here are some best practices we ask everyone to consider applying consistently in their daily lives:
• Stay home when you are sick! This is critical and an area where we fail occasionally. Admit it, we have all tried to “carry on” even when we are sick. Now is NOT the time to do this.
• Mask up… all the time when you are with people outside your household. Make it a habit. It makes others feel safer and they are more likely to wear one too.
• Limit your interactions and the time you spend with others, especially if you are high risk.
• Consider your activities and daily routine. In the past few months most of us have dramatically increased our interactions and exposure. Occasionally we get too comfortable (and frankly we are a bit tired of all of this) and let down our guard. Where has that been happening in your life? Make a commitment to getting back on track and supporting others trying to do the same thing.
• Don’t frequent places where you don’t feel safe. Leave, it sends a message.
• Take care of your mental and physical health. This virus is wearing on all of us.
As a society we are trying to balance many things right now, some of which, simply said, are not easily compatible with each other. We probably all agree that we want our kids in school, an open economy and to have the virus contained. Our best chance is to have the majority of people setting a strong, consistent example for how we can safely interact and not spread the virus.
We are asking you for your help. Be a role model. Stay home if you are sick, mask up, wash your hands and give others compassion and a grace during these trying times. Now is the time to make a safe plan for how you will handle the upcoming holidays. Wouldn’t it be great to have a surge of kindness spreading across our community rather than the virus? Stay well.
- Join Habitat for Humanity at a Virtual Blessing of the Build Ceremony for our 2020 Cardinal Build home
Construction on the 2020 Cardinal Build home will begin soon.
Habitat will host a virtual Blessing of the Build on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm live on Habitat’s Facebook page.
We hope you can join us to share this milestone experience for our homebuyer, Shelby. Post your wishes for her on our Facebook event and we’ll be sure to write them on the boards of her home!
Call 320-762-4255 or visit our website at hfhdouglascounty.org for more information.
Habitat builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter and is an equal housing opportunity.
- The Alexandria Area YMCA will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, November 6 from 7:30 to 8:30 am virtually. The event is open to everyone and will include networking and time to hear more about what is going on in our community. The nonprofit of the day is St. Mary’s School. All Chamber members will be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, which is currently valued at more than $5,000! To register for this event visit www.alexandriamn.org.The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Its mission is “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” For more information, visit alexandriaymca.com.
- The Alexandria Senior Center is temporarily closed effective Monday, October 26.
The Board of Directors are making a precautionary decision to close the building for the next two weeks (effective 10/26/2020). This decision does not affect Meals on Wheels. If you have questions about MOW, please contact at: (320) 762-4280
We do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by members who have visited the Center, however, wish to be precautionary upon hearing of persons who are quarantining due to possible exposure.
All Senior Center activities are cancelled from Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 6, 2020. Please watch and listen for a reopening date through the local & social media, radio and email. We will anticipate resuming activities after the two weeks, however, we will keep you informed if we extend the temporary closure.
For more information, contact us by calling the Senior Center at: 320-762-2087 or by visiting our website at: alexsrctr.org or our Facebook page: Alexandria Senior Center
- Auditions for the 72nd Annual Jingle Bells Telethon will not be done in person this year. If you wish to audition you will need to submit your video audition to the Jingle Bells Foundation between now and Monday, November 23rd.For information on how to submit your audition video, check our website at www.jinglebellsalexandria.org or call (320) 335-2488 for information. The live telethon will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 5:00p.m.
- The Great River Regional Libraries may be closed but they have many options for library services from the comfort of your home. with your library card, you can access the digital world of eBooks and eAudiobooks. All you need is a computer or a tablet/phone. Visit online at: griver.org and search the many options to choose from.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore has opened for shopping. Store hours are: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. The store is located at 1211 North Nokomis NE in Alexandria. If you have donations, these will be accepted by appointment only, by calling: 320-759-1989 to schedule a time.