Last week I sent an email titled
Finding Our Way
, which highlighted many of the efforts being made by local organizations to support our business and nonprofit community. Every day, there are more and more examples of how people are
, giving back, and
lending a hand (or two!)
are inspiring us, as are our
. In the midst of all the sad news, it is nice to be reminded that human goodness is still very much alive and well.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the surveys that were linked in last week's email. Here's what we heard:
For businesses and organizations
, the most
part of all this has been: Uncertainty; having to lay off employees; losing clients/projects; no revenue; being forced to close. You indicated that the most
resources have been: Updates from Portland Downtown and the City of Portland; information from local governments; Maine CDC; industry-specific communications (i.e. Maine Retail Association; Maine Restaurant Association; American Massage Therapy Association, etc). What you still
: financial assistance; information about lay-offs and unemployment; and many of you were unsure of what you need.
, the most
part of all this has been: Staying home; isolation; uncertainty/fear; loss of savings/retirement; lack of paid work; no child care; being unable to visit family & friends; and balancing home life and work. The most
resources for you have been: Updates from Portland Downtown and the City of Portland; NPR; Maine CDC; World Health Organization; Dr. Fauci; apps such as Calm; and the local news. What you still
: mental health resources, reassurance, and more health/statistical virus information to become available.
Please know that
I hear you
, your Portland Downtown friends,
. It has been a challenge to stay grounded and to navigate the complexities of this situation. A colleague of mine shared an article with me that really helped me to better understand what it is that I have been feeling:
. Perhaps it might resonate with you, too. One of my favorite professional publications just released a free edition this week, which is also helping me to find inspiration. If you are interested in the topic of leadership, I welcome you to check it out:
Leader To Leader
. Frances Hesselbein is a personal hero of mine.
To try and stay current on the latest news and updates, I've signed up for
City of Portland alerts
and I keep an eye on the
Office of the Governor's newsroom
. For up-to-date information about navigating new legislation, I've really enjoyed following
Senator Heather Sanborn
, who is able to relay complex information in a way that is easy to understand. Next week, I'll be excited to share with you how
at Portland Downtown has been adapting...and a few other tidbits that we hope will brighten your day.
I want to leave you with this quote, which I found brought me a little peace this week:
"If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song."