The events of the past several weeks are unprecedented in our lifetime. The work of Easterseals is more important now than ever.
Easterseals has been the driving force for employment and inclusion for people with disabilities, veterans and military families, and people facing economic disadvantages for more than 100 years. We were founded with a vision of providing opportunity through employment, and we continue to be steadfast in that vision.
The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that our core values - People First, High Expectations, and Forward Focus - are the very principles that will allow us to meet the needs of our community throughout this difficult time. The Easterseals team has engaged with lightning speed to adapt our programs ensuring the individuals we serve are safe and our community needs are met.
Right now, the people we have served are making contributions to fight COVID-19 in ways that you might not even imagine. They are the workers on the front lines of infection control, working to keep facilities clean. They are in hospitals, providing direct patient care. They are building medical testing kits that are being shipped all over the world. They are stocking grocery store shelves. They are in shipping centers, keeping supply lines running. They are on construction sites at local hospitals.
The extraordinary urgency of the current situation is why we look to you now. At Easterseals, we like to say that WE create breakthrough moments for the people we serve. Today, they are creating breakthrough moments for all of US.
To continue our mission, we have established the Easterseals COVID-19 Solidarity Fund. We are asking you to join us in supporting three critical needs: on-the-job supports for people who continue work in essential businesses, resources for homeless veterans, and adaptation tools that keep staff and the individuals we serve connected during this time of isolation and social distancing.
The Easterseals community is why and how we will prevail through this adversity. Throughout the last weeks, we have heard stories about employees and people we serve doing the extraordinary - stories that will make your heart sing. We have truly seen the best in humanity, and you make all of this possible.
I hope you will join us.