As we enter the second month of our stay-at-home directives, we recognize how challenging this time is for many of us: from our older residents and those who are immunocompromised, to families that are being asked to juggle homeschooling with teleworking, to those who work and/or own small businesses that have been economically impacted.
FCA is heartened by the many small and large acts of kindness, from making masks to volunteering at food distribution sites, to uplifting chalk art and messages. As we learn to adjust to the “new normal” of being at home, staying safe and healthy should remain everyone’s priority. Being part of Fairlington already assures us a strong community that looks out for one another.
Do you or a neighbor need help getting groceries or other items? There are Fairlingtonians that are ready to help. Please email your request to; VP@FCA-Fairlington.org or call FCA’s general number: 571-403-1943. Someone will be checking regularly and will follow-up.
Have COVID related questions concerns beyond neighbor to neighbor help? Call Arlington County’s COVID hotline: 703-228-7999. (Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
In other news, FCA would like to share the following PSAs:
1. From Arlington County Police Department: The department remains committed to providing professional law enforcement services to the Arlington community but, like many of you, has taken precautions to help mitigate and reduce any unnecessary exposure and spread of COVID-19. We are asking the public to report applicable non-emergency incidents using the online reporting system. Officers continue to respond to in-progress crimes and emergency calls for service where there is an immediate threat to life, health or property. Please continue to report emergency incidents and in-progress crimes to the Emergency Communications Center by calling 703-558-2222 (non-emergency number) or 9-1-1. Additionally, you may observe officers wearing protective gear such as gloves, masks or eye protection to help reduce exposure.
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4. FCA is asking that all residents have a means of contacting at least two people that live close by – either via email or phone in case of emergency.
5. A reminder that all County parks and property, including Abingdon, are closed. ACPD cannot be expected to patrol all areas all the time. ACPD is asking to use common sense when exercising or spending time outside. Fairlington’s condo associations have made their own respective decisions on whether to keep certain amenities open. This varies among condo associations.
6. FCA has been compiling a list of volunteers who might be willing to help the community – from checking on neighbors, to being willing to pick up a few grocery items the next time you are going to the store, to making masks for neighbors who may need them, to helping out at an event such as a blood drive. Being part of this list does not compel you to do anything, it would just serve as a resource for FCA and touch point. Please email Jennifer Davies at vp at fca-fairlington.org if you are interested or have any questions.
Lastly, we would like to call attention to Great Harvest Bakery and the Hurst Family that live in the Arbor. They have generously supplied hundreds of loaves of bread and purchased pantry items for families hardest hit by the pandemic, including Park Shirlington, which is covered by FCA. Offer to donate a loaf or make a contribution next time you are there!