From the beginning, we have focused this campaign on meeting with Mainers and hearing directly from them about the challenges they face. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety and health of Mainers and our community is our priority.
Following guidance from the CDC and Governor Janet Mills, the campaign has postponed our scheduled in-person events until further notice.
In the meantime, we are committed to providing resources and information to those who need it. We are in this together and we need to support each other through these challenging times.
In the span of this last week, we have all felt and seen a shift in our lives. The reality of COVID-19 has demanded dramatic economic, lifestyle, and parenting changes.
In our house, we are adjusting to three kids living with the reality of no longer learning at school, but we are at home and feeling grateful for our health and safety. And I know that so many Mainers and Americans are feeling the effects of enormous disruption and uncertainty caused by this crisis.
Nurses, doctors, and first responders are working around the clock to take care of our people, despite their worries about the lack of ventilators and personal protective equipment — shortages that threaten their patients safety and their own health. Small businesses are worried about paying their employees and staying afloat, and workers are concerned about paying rent and putting food on the table. And our seniors are especially concerned about their health as the outbreak spreads.
The road ahead of us is long and will be difficult. But you should know that whether it’s worries about public safety, concerns about childcare and school closures, or the impact this virus will have on economic wellbeing — you are not in this alone, and that my first priority will always be the health and safety of our communities.
Nothing is more important.
Here at Sara Gideon for Maine, we are adjusting too, and we’ll continue to stay in touch. Please see the resources below to keep yourself safe.
Take good care of yourself and those around you,
In the State Legislature, Sara and lawmakers worked swiftly to keep the public safe, provide additional resources for COVID-19 testing, help workers and small businesses stay afloat, and ensure our towns and school districts can continue to operate.
The Legislature and Governor Mills passed a package of emergency measures to respond to COVID-19. Read more here and check out the resources below.
There are dozens of organizations that are working on the frontlines here in Maine to care for the most vulnerable members of our communities – these are just a few! Join our campaign in supporting their critical work:
Good Shepherd Food Bank provides food aid and is partnered with local food pantries across the entire state.
Meals on Wheels delivers meals to seniors straight to their homes to ensure they don’t go hungry and don’t have to leave the house during COVID-19.
Full Plates Full Potential ensures Maine children who rely on school-provided meals won’t go hungry during school closures.