Inspiration in Isolation
During this time of fear and uncertainty, the kindest side of human nature can prevail. To provide some light relief in these difficult times, we’ve compiled a list of positive stories in our very own Tuscaloosa. Let these stories serve as a reminder of the strength, resilience, and kindness of our community.
LEND A HAND
University of Alabama students are using their extra time this semester to help others. UA junior Michael Arundel organized Leave It To Us, a nonprofit organization that helps senior citizens practice social distancing by using volunteers to go grocery shopping for them for free. The nonprofit was originated in Arundel’s hometown of Chicago and has recently expanded to Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. Those interested in volunteering for either the Tuscaloosa or Birmingham chapters of Leave It To Us can go to https://www.covidseniorshoppers.com/.
LOAVES AND FISHES
Loaves and Fishes food distribution program, which is overseen by Grace Presbyterian Church, has been helping hungry people in the Tuscaloosa area every month for more than 20 years. Social distancing requirements may have changed the interaction in the program, but not its outcome. Sheppard and her team of volunteers passed out between 300 and 400 bags of food on Tuesday. To help ensure that enough food and resources exist to help those in need, anyone wishing to donate can visit https://www.gracetuscaloosa.org/ and donate to either the church or directly to the Loaves and Fishes program.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR WEST ALABAMA SMALL BUSINESSES
This week the Chamber of Commerce announced more than $140,000 has been dispersed to more than 60 West Alabama businesses. That money can be used for several things such as rent, insurance, and other needs to help keep these businesses open despite struggles faced by COVID-19. Small business owner Audrey Vermilyea, of Monarch Espresso Bar, says “it’s been a huge help. It has been very encouraging”.
American Lunch, a nonprofit organization, is in front of FIVE every day at 11 AM giving out lunches to anyone at NO cost. To support their cause and stay up-to-date on what they have been doing, check out their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/americanlunch1/.
FREE OIL CHANGE FOR DCH EMPLOYEES
Auto Tech and Tires is offering free oil changes for DCH Tuscaloosa and DCH Northport employees in the month of April. You can set up an appointment by calling (205)248-7695 or online at https://autotechandtires.com/.
HELPING SERVICE WORKERS IN TUSCALOOSA
Every Monday for the next five weeks, several organizations will come together to feed dozens of service workers in Tuscaloosa. They will be feeding families from 11-1 PM at Beulah Baptist Church. The meals are for individuals who did not have time to plan for the negative financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is funded primarily through donations if you’d like to help. For more information or to donate, call Earnestine Tucker at 205-345-0201.
BLUE, THANK YOU
Last Thursday night the city of Tuscaloosa joined the national #LightItBlue movement to honor frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuscaloosa City Hall, the Tuscaloosa River Market, the Downtown Intermodal Facility and the fountain at Alberta Park were all proudly lit with blue lights.
We want to genuinely thank you for assisting in keeping Tuscaloosa safe while continuing to show appreciation for your community. To help with the scenery, here are some downloadable Tuscaloosa Zoom backgrounds to help you stay #TtownStrong wherever you may be: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z4edmej2kqu96ii/AADckj_9I76Li0tzstx35Q-ia?dl=0.