COVID-19 vaccinations are both increasingly available and accessed in our community, and infection numbers are reported to be trending down. We are all hopeful that life around us can gradually move toward safely opening up to our in-person activities. AND we look forward to offering again some of our most popular in-person Volunteer services and support. Members miss home organizing, home tech support, mattress flipping, etc...
ESSENTIAL SERVICES have continued to be available (such as: rides to medical, dental and therapy appointments; grocery and pharmacy pickup, etc...) We follow our Neighbors Network COVID-19 Guidelines, available on our website HERE.
"ZOOMING" may not be quite as satisfying as an in-person gathering or having lunch out together, but it has helped many of us stay in touch.
KEEPING IN TOUCH with each other - through our Bookmobile services, friendly phone calls, and surprise deliveries of baked treats - has provided a boost in tough times!
The following bears repeating....
*Social Distancing - Social distancing doesn't mean isolating emotionally from those who need us the most. Give your neighbor a call just to say he llo. *Find a Pen Pal- Do you remember having a pen pal? Maybe invite a young family member to be your pen pal for a while. Or a young person you know from your old neighborhood, or from a local community group. A nice touch if possible - provide a small supply of envelopes, paper, stamps... and your mailing address. *Learn to Use Online Social Platforms - This is a big one, especially if you have been avoiding this until now. Many of us actually like using technology such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom. These tech applications allows\ natural conversations to happen and boost our relationships - and in these times, we really do need to have good conversations and "think out loud" and share our lives!! It can be helpful for a family member or friend (or a Neighbors Network volunteer) to teach us how to use these services and applications(apps). Access to a smart phone, iPad or computer is required. It may be awkward at first, but all of us started at zero with this tech stuff, and it has made a big difference in connection and participation. **(We would love to hear your thoughts on this, and how NN might be able to help).
*Choose Your News - Cutting down on constant and often upsetting news updates can be a great way to give your mind a break and avoid anxiety and depression. This doesn't mean avoiding the news altogether, but we CAN choose to monitor how much and what kind of news we're hearing and seeing.
And... CHECK OUT the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park - virtual offerings listed below; free and informative programming throughout each month:
____________________________________________________________________ COMING SOON Share Your Skill or Talent
Neighbors Network members and volunteers have so many skills and talents, we're starting a new program: NN's virtual Teach n Learn We are seeking Volunteers and Members who have a hobby, craft or topic they'd like to share online with other Members and Volunteers.
We will set up the Zoom class for you and someone will show you how it works, if needed.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: cooking and sharing recipes, gardening ideas, general crafts, holiday crafts, meditation, etc..
For our first class in Oct, Sheryl is going to teach us how to bake Biscotti (known by European Jewish families as "Mandelbrot") A favorite tasty cookie-type dessert that your family & friends will be requesting from you at all gatherings!!
What skills or talents would YOU like to share via a Zoom class?
Each lesson will be up to 30 minutes with a short Q & A. We hope to hear from you!
Contact Holly: email@example.com or 407-914-2951
The NN Bookmobile is still rolling.....
Volunteers Sue and Gilda have added new titles and better organization to this fun experience.... so our famous Bookmobile will be rolling into your neighborhood on Mondays 9/14 and 9/28 between 11 &1.
All COVID Guidelines are followed! No due dates or fines, just reading!
For a current list of titles/authors, or to schedule a visit, contact Dee.
Have you EVER tried using INSTACART for your grocery shopping needs?
Message from a current NN member and frequent INSTACART/Publix user: "I love it! I'm very satisfied with the service and have already gotten my money's worth... I no longer "impulse buy" because I am working from my own list of 'basic purchases' plus any special menu items that I need. (cost= $99 annual membership plus tipping level of my choice). The lNSTACART app gives me a clear photo of every item I am considering, including size and any details." Annette K. A special offer for September:
If you would like some coaching help to try out or to set up INSTACART, let Dee know and we'll contact you.
Hurricane Season is only half over!
The National Hurricane Centers says this...
IN FACT September is the PEAK MONTH
Remember????? IRMA 2017 Frances....Jeanne.... Ivan.... etc... etc.... Water.... Batteries.... A plan... canned food, manual can opener... all your meds....
Shelter info.... and don't forget pet care needs!
FLU Shot? Yes!
Flu vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu. Flu vaccines are updated each season as needed to keep up with changing viruses. Also, immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against flu. A flu vaccine protects against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Flu vaccines for 2020-2021 have been updated from last season's vaccine to better match circulating viruses. Immunity from vaccination fully sets in after about two weeks.