Dear Union Brothers and Sisters,
As we start our new fall 2020 semester we have found ourselves in some very trying times not only as we struggle to adapt to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but just as we start to get into the swing of things, mother nature reared her head and gave us a fierce lightning storm which has produced some of our biggest area wildfires to date. We have fires in Santa Cruz County, threatening some staff and faculty homes and we have the River, Carmel and Dolan fires here on our peninsula which have threatened and taken some of our staff and faculty homes.
During this time, we find ourselves asking "what more can we endure"? "what else can we do"?
It seems as if we can endure a lot. Even when we think we cannot. We adapted to working remotely. Successfully, at that. We adapted to teaching our children well with prideful smiles. We created "a new normal". And also, found out how much we hate that term.
What else can we do? We can be there, for each other during these "little fires everywhere." Just like we were there for each other when COVID-19 started. If you have extra blankets or clothes, now is the time to donate. Reach out to your friends, family, co-workers, or community members. If you do not know of any one, below you will find some links to places who will be more than willing to accept them.
These are truly some trying times. Some of the hardest of times for some. Still, even in the face of so much ash, it gives us hope to see the outpouring of generosity and helpfulness from the community, family, and friends - even in a time of COVID-19.The resiliency that we have as human beings is insurmountable and we are all in this together.
If you need assistance in anyway, please reach out to us. We are here for you and you are not alone.
Be safe, and be well.
CSUEU Executive Board