Dream Programs and COVID-19
In these difficult times, we are focused on protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities from the spread of the COVID-19. We are canceling club meetings and events. We are social distancing and following the mandates of government and public health officials. And, because we are Soroptimists, we are worrying about and wanting to help the most vulnerable members of our communities.
As you are managing the work of your club, we wanted to offer some suggestions about our Dream Program participants. Please consider:
- As you are canceling events, please note that women and girls were looking forward to and eager to participate in Live Your Dream Award recognition events and Dream It, Be It. Although canceling is the right thing to do, use gentle and supportive yet clear language. Let them know that you will reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Remember that women are counting on their Live Your Dream Awards – now more than ever. You do not need to wait to distribute the funding at an event. Do not delay in getting the money to your recipients as quickly as you can.
- If your club has the resources, consider providing gift cards for grocery stores and pharmacies to your Live Your Dream Award recipients and Dream It, Be It. These are a population of women and girls who we have identified as facing barriers to their success.
- Stay in touch with your Dream Program participants. Social distancing can be very isolating and reaching out to say hello and see how women and girls are doing could make the difference in their day.
—Share messages of support with women and girls. Some affirming messages would be helpful to all of us right now.
—Share local resources that may be useful for women and girls—free meal sites, domestic violence resources, and other aid opportunities.
—Send online learning resources to moms who might be at home with their children. Many organizations are providing resources for free. Make it easy for women to find them.
—Consider starting an online book club with girls who would have been participating in Dream It, Be It. Provide free access to the book online.
—Share some online resources with teen girls – your favorite podcasts or TedTalks. Let them know they can ask you for additional resources.
—Consider hosting your Dream It, Be It planning committee with girls via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our Dream Program participants at this difficult time. If you have any great ideas or have had any success supporting women and girls during this time, please share with us at email@example.com.
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