Dear Cancer Connection Community Members
Another month has begun. Happy September! Together, we are still keeping ourselves and one another safe by wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands frequently. And together we are respecting and supporting those who unselfishly serve, heal, and provide for us and thousands of residents daily. “Thank you!”
Are you asking, “What do you mean by the subject line, ‘A time to talk about death - Fall programs?" COVID-19 is requiring us to face more illnesses and deaths in our cities, states, country, and the world than we may have seen before.
Those living with cancer face mortality daily. They feel diverse emotions – many unexpressed or misunderstood. We responded to their need by offering a safe space in the Death Café program. A Death Café offers "time to talk about death” privately, confidentially, and safely. Read more below.
Elizabeth Cahn, Program Services Director, and participant services staff are planning our fall programs. Beginning this month, we’ll feature new options and perennial favorites in this newsletter, on our website, and in our social media.
Volunteers are making an impact
Our dedicated volunteers can’t help in person as they have always done due to the pandemic. Yet, when asked to volunteer remotely for our special campaign to ensure Cancer Connection makes it through 2020, they enthusiastically replied, “yes.”
What are volunteers doing now, during this time of uncertainty for the future of Cancer Connection? As part of our fundraising campaign, 30 volunteers are calling some of our community members who have previously given to Cancer Connection. They are speaking with them about making a special gift to Campaign 2020: Secure Our Future Now. If you receive a call from them over the next few weeks, you’ll know why!
Each volunteer attended a remote training led by our Executive Director Beverly Herbert. Our volunteer callers will bring their compassion, enthusiasm, and love for Cancer Connection to every call.
Cancer Connection is grateful for every volunteer who supports our center in any way they can – phone calls, mailings, event help, phone bank volunteers, and so much more. They are securing needed services and programs for our community.
Please continue to be safe.
With much love and respect,
Chantal and Beverly
Chantal DuPuis - Event and Volunteer Coordinator
The Reverend Beverly L. Herbert, M.Div., C.F.R.E., Executive Director
41 Locust St.
Northampton, MA 01060