A Community is Defined by Resilience

 

Our hearts go out to our community at this challenging time. We are seeing our most vulnerable residents struggle to obtain food, keep their jobs, and ensure their children’s safety. We also know that non-profit organizations are doing all they can to serve their clients in ways that are the most helpful. Just one example — with the temporary closure of their facilities, the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula pivoted their operations to produce and distribute meals to the families of East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City. They have been serving more than 2,000 meals per day. And there are countless other examples. The needs are enormous, but the outpouring of services and support has also been enormous.

A community can be defined by the resilience it shows in difficult times, and this pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. Adversity highlights a community’s strengths and weaknesses, points out where gaps exist, and demonstrates where and how institutions are cooperating and defining the word, compassion. I have been so inspired to see how our community is stepping up to the challenges but also recognizing longstanding issues that have become all too obvious — such as inequity and poverty. I am confident that, as a community, we will dig deeper into these underlying issues, and more creative and just solutions will emerge. Sand Hill Foundation looks forward to being a part of that process and emerging even stronger together.

All of us at Sand Hill Foundation are awed by the work of our grantees and pledge to continue to be your partner in serving our community. This may mean emergency assistance or investing in your capacity to serve more or serve differently. We want to be responsive and nimble so you can do the work you are so urgently called to do in this extraordinary year 2020.

With gratitude and respect,

Susan Ford Dorsey