Faced with the challenges of community outreach in a time when everything is still relatively virtual, Englewood Teachers Association had to think creatively about how they would conduct their PRIDE projects for the year. Gratefully, with a change in the PRIDE grant usage policy, ETA could expand the scope of their projects to include the community’s essential workers, from nurses and doctors to funeral homes, and so many more. Over the last month especially, the Association has provided lunch for essential workers at various Englewood sites.
“Our community does so much to support us throughout the school year,” said ETA President, David Vignola. “We knew that even though we couldn’t do our original projects, we needed to do something to recognize all the hard work from community members to keep us safe in these uncertain times.”
“Cindy Saunders, ETA Pride Chairperson, did an outstanding job coordinating this outreach,” Vignola continued. The ETA arranged to have lunches delivered from Englewood’s The Roman Inn. Lunches were delivered to essential workers at: Nesbitt Funeral Home, Eternity Funeral Home, DPW Englewood, Englewood Public School Security Officers, Inglemoor Center Englewood, Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home, Englewood Shoprite, and our Englewood BOE Custodians. The ETA also presented a check for $2,000.00 to the Center for Food Action to help feed families, during this unprecedented time of need.