Dealing with COVID-19
The Foggy Bottom West End Village has taken a number of steps to help mitigate the effect of the novel coronavirus on our members. This has including providing grocery shopping services and delivery, converting to zoom programming, checking in on members by phone and most prominently providing lunches to a number of seniors across the community.
As many of you know, we partnered with World Central Kitchen on the lunch delivery initiative and they were providing lunches for our members and other seniors in the Foggy Bottom West End area. The Foggy Bottom Association and our Village teamed up to make this project work for our community. Our volunteers delivered thousands of lunches since March to seniors, thereby enabling those most vulnerable to COVID-19 to reduce the amount of time they would need to spend in crowded grocery stores. In some cases, the lunches also helped stretch tight budgets and/or made it easier for those who had difficulty preparing meals for themselves.
Unfortunately, World Central Kitchen has ended our lunch program as of the beginning of July. We are incredibly grateful to them for their generosity over the past four months. We are also grateful to the Foggy Bottom Association for their tireless support.
The village continues with our innovative online programing including a new series of Art Thursday talks on wide ranging topics in the art world. The first talk, an exploration of Henry George and Gwendolyn Brooks through their featured pieces in the National Portrait Gallery, is up on our YouTube now. Other events on YouTube include an artist talk with prominent local artist Helen Zughaib and a book talk with Fanchon Silberstein on her book ‘Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters.’ All of our events will be uploaded to our YouTube the morning after the event.
While we have started offering some services again, rides to essential medical appointments, the village itself stays mostly shut down. We encourage our members to stay safe, stay socially distanced, and to reach out if there is anything we can help with. We look forward to the day when we can all meet up in person again.