Community in the Time of COVID
When the pandemic reached and forever changed our state, many people were—understandably—overwhelmed with the negative changes it wrought on their lives.
However, during the darkest, loneliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's emergency stay-at-home orders, some of our communities sprang into action and showcased the best of who we are as Minnesotans and Americans.
To recognize and celebrate the people whose visionary leadership brought to fruition these acts of solidarity, the Council welcomed nominations of organizations and individuals who had gone above and beyond and lead with grace and generosity during the pandemic's challenging times. The Council then shared these moments of community in a social media campaign titled “Community in the time of COVID-19.” Click the images below to view these posts and learn of the joy and belonging our communities brought to some of the most vulnerable among us.
April 16, 2020, Association of Chinese-Minnesota Physicians (ACMP): As the reality and severity of the pandemic spread full force across the U.S. and Minnesota, AMCP organized its members and community to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for donation to local hospitals and clinics. View the post here.
April 23, 2020, Fil-Minnesotan Association (FMA): FMA members delivered care packages to vulnerable seniors at residences in northeast Minneapolis and east St. Paul. View the post here.
April 30, 2020, Kim Sin, Rochester resident: Thanks to Kim, communications materials from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor’s office are now available to Khmer-speakers in Rochester and across the state. View the post here.
May 8, 2020, India Association of Minnesota (IAM): IAM brought together over 50 partner organizations, volunteer groups, and community members to create a COVID-19 task force to address the needs of all Minnesotans during the challenging early days of the pandemic. View the post here.
May 18, 2020, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM): TAFM formed a COVID-19 response team to serve members of the community with care packages, unemployment application assistance, testing location information, traditional Tibetan medicines, and much more. View the post here.
July 16, 2020, Hmong Medical Association (HMA): HMA members mobilized experts to develop public service announcements and an educational series to inform the Hmong community about COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic had on the community. Members also launched a project to sew and distribute face masks to local clinics and front-line healthcare workers. View the post here.