Formation of the Magnolia Chamber Care Corps
On Friday, March 7th, one of our merchants and cherished members visited the Magnolia Chamber with a real life example of a COVID-19 related challenge many businesses may experience in the weeks ahead. One of the employees is a person who fits the profile of being particularly at-risk for catching COVID-19 and if infected, could experience life threatening pulmonary challenges. The employee has heeded public health advice and will be staying home from work for the foreseeable future. The owner has been summoned to serve on jury duty for King County next week, starting March 9th. The county is currently keeping to its regular court schedule and she has been asked to honor her summons. She shared her concerns that should be selected for jury duty, it would leave just one employee available to serve customers and keep the business open.
Based on the discussions, Jason Thibeaux, our Chamber's executive director and the merchant agreed to reach out to Chamber Board members and other key volunteers to see how together, the Chamber and local merchants might work together to address the pending challenges.
Jason is asking if some of our members will pitch in and use years of experience to help support our small businesses, particularly should they need an extra set of hands if the local epidemic gets worse and more employees are affected. This support could take the form of helping greet customers, be behind the counter, or helping to clean or do other tasks that need to be done, but manpower is short. It could also mean picking up lunches, or helping with delivery tasks, or cleaning the "store." Right now, we are naming this effort the
Magnolia Chamber Care Corps
Please let Jason know your general availability and areas you might be comfortable in helping with as a part of the Magnolia Chamber Care Corps and helping further frame this SWAT effort to assist our local businesses. Jason can be reached at 206-618-1589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What other ideas/needs do you have?
Please let him know what other things that you as a business owner or service provider may need and/or how the Chamber can better share information and support you and your business. It takes our community to support our businesses, customers, and neighbors during some tough and potentially challenging weeks ahead. Jason can be reached at 206-618-1589 or email email@example.com. Stay up to date on the latest information found in this newsletter:
In the meantime, check out this visual guide for washing hands courtesy of our friends at The Seattle Times: