Support Your Community with GPB's #myGAneighborhood Campaign
How do we stay connected to those around us while still following social distancing guidelines?
In a time when it’s difficult to take part in normal face-to-face interactions with our friends, family, co-workers and others in our surroundings, it’s easy to feel isolated. That feeling can be compounded by a sense of helplessness in making a contribution to the welfare of others. However, what may seem like a small gesture of support and encouragement can mean more to someone now than we can imagine.
I moved about a year ago, and I’m still meeting my neighbors in the condominium complex. Over this past weekend, while walking my dog, I met a woman wearing a surgical mask. I thought nothing of it, but she felt the need to explain that she’s taking as many precautions as possible because she works at a hospital. When I asked where, she explained that both she and her husband are employed at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, and she is part of the COVID-19 response team.
Only days before, throughout the complex, I began seeing a child’s handmade signs that express gratitude to healthcare workers. The image of a sign and the gravity of its message, “Thank you healthcare workers for risking your lives for us every day,” really sank in as she stood before me. I thanked her profusely for the work she’s doing, and she responded that she was just doing her job. I can’t imagine what a day on the job is like for her and her husband, and I instantly felt the desire to offer them some type of support.
Ironically, our meeting helped to personally illustrate the importance of the launch of GPB’s #myGAneighborhood campaign to me. As part of our mission, GPB strives to connect communities throughout Georgia. Our goal for the #myGAneighborhood campaign is to share how people are coming together in creative ways to support their communities and show solidarity in a time of uncertainty.
Whether you’re sending positive thoughts with chalk art messages on your sidewalks and streets, leading a neighborhood activity or carrying out a good deed for neighbors in need, we want to hear from you.
To find out how to participate, visit gpb.org/neighborhood
We’ll be tracking submissions and sharing some of our favorites on our social media platforms and in special television segments.
Good luck, and we hope you’ll feel inspired.