We were very excited to share our news this year, as so many good things have been happening for the community center. But then, as winter was giving way to a beautiful spring, we all found ourselves in a very new and difficult situation. Although we are fortunate to live in a beautiful and somewhat isolated area, the pandemic closed our doors for the first time ever. It felt as if we should rally and be able to help, as so many have in our valley. And so the gym was readied, should the need arise, to be a triage center for our first responders. Thankfully, that wasn’t necessary, and the best thing we could do for others, was merely to stay home.
While our doors were closed, so many worked tirelessly to serve others. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our first responders, our medical providers, hospitals and the public health department. We salute our school district for carrying on despite the challenges, and making lunches for children to eat at home, and to Little Star for caring for children of essential workers. We thank Room One and The Cove for carrying on their vital work during this crisis, and to Jamie’s Place for keeping our elders safe. We are indebted to everyone at Twispworks for passing on information on loans and grants and programs available; and to Eqpd for joining in the mask effort. A huge thank you to all the grocery store workers who continue to stock the shelves and keep us fed. But most of all, we want to thank all of you for doing all that you can to support this community and in so doing, make this special place what it is.
So, as we begin to think of new ways to safely come together, we are exploring ways to use the gym and community center to fit the state guidelines. Please help us by renewing your membership, and if you can, donate to the many organizations that need our help, now more than ever.
The Methow Valley Community Center Board of Directors