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Dear Friends,

While we must remain socially distant during these confusing times, Enough Pie is dedicated to providing avenues where we can still feel connected. Our team will be sharing newsletters more regularly to connect with you during the coming days, with creative ideas & solutions for issues as well as updates about our work on the ground.

Today's newsletter features an update on our work (and a call for action!) in Charleston, recommendations on how to stay safe against COVID-19, how to keep mentally and physically active while at home, and most importantly, ways to support your neighbors and community amidst social distancing.
 
If you have any suggestions, videos or tips for a future newsletter,
please send them to us at info@enoughpie.org!
EP Update from the Upper Peninsula

We have been working closely with our Upper Peninsula networks to provide a system and support to our community. Working with CHARLESTON UNITED COVID RESPONSE (CUCR), a community-led group formed by EP collaborator Renee Orth of the Stone Soup Collaborative, we have created a BUDDY SYSTEM for our most vulnerable elders in Joseph Floyd Manor, at Bridgeview Village, and at Brighton Place (in West Ashley). We spent this week talking one-on-one or in small groups to elders to help answer questions, understand concerns and needs, and set up systems to address these needs if and as quarantine becomes more significant. We have also posted physical fliers across vulnerable areas from both DHEC and fliers we have made that focus on local information about how to stay safe and protocols, as well as with the phone number to the CUCR in case people want to volunteer to help or need aid.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
  • Sign up to be a COMMUNITY BUDDY: you will be assigned up to 5 vulnerable neighbors to call and check-in with regularly (at minimum 2x a week) for the duration of this pandemic. If you are willing to step up, please fill out this GOOGLE FORM as the registration process to volunteer. We will be hosting a 30-minute ZOOM call for training purposes tomorrow (Friday, March 20th) at 6PM - the link will be emailed to you following your completion of the Google form above. If you cannot be present, the call will be recorded and shared with you. 
  • Help us secure supplies: dry goods, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc -- we have a tent being set up at the rear of the Joseph Floyd Manor that will receive supplies at a certain time daily. We are coordinating these details now and will have a full flow to share with you shortly but starting to gather and collect is a big part of the work.
  • Donate to Enough Pie: we need financial support to do this work, especially since our annual spring fundraiser that keeps our non-profit going, SWEET AS PIE, that ran from February 14th to March 14th, relies on donated proceeds from local restaurants, which we will not be requesting as a show of support during this difficult time. So, we need more individual support than ever to keep our work going.
  • Put Up Fliers In Your Area: at the bottom of this newsletter is the CUCR flier with the local phone number (staffed by volunteer community members like YOU) for a grassroots network of support. Here is the link to the DHEC fliers -- folks who are not connected online or who are out and about benefit from this information ground-level, so please let us get the word out.
We will send more updates shortly, but please know we are working around the clock to support our community and we appreciate all the work you are doing too! It takes a village.
STAYING SAFE AGAINST COVID-19: DIY Cleaning Wipes
While protecting yourself against the virus, regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is a MUST. Cleaning supplies aren't always guaranteed, and this handy trick can go a long way towards saving you money on expensive cleaning wipes.

This video shows you how to make your own, at-home disinfecting wipes. All you need is paper towels, a plastic container with a lid, water, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap. Watch from 01:12 to 2:22 for the very simple recipe!
A TASTE OF NATURE IN THE CITY: Visit EP's Butterfly Book Nook
Visit Enough Pie's Butterfly Book Nook, located at 1020 King St. across from the Food Lion on Upper King. The garden is full of blossoming native foliage marked with signs to illustrate each plant, so it is a learning garden for neighbors and kiddos. It also features movable chairs for your reading/shade comfort, and a covered pavilion for a picnic (please be sure to stay 6 ft from anyone you meet in the garden though!). BUTTERFLY BOOK NOOK even got a shout-out in the Charleston City Paper last week! Bring a book or listen to a Tales from the Manor podcast episode, and focus on keeping calm and collected if you start to feel anxious. This community space is filled with butterflies and exists for your enjoyment!
BUY LOCAL! Take Out or Purchase Gift Cards to Local Restaurants
Many of our local restaurants are experiencing financial distress from decreased business and tighter economic constraints. Consider purchasing a gift certificate to your favorite local restaurant (bonus points if it's an EP Piemaker that supports our community-oriented creative programming!) if you have the means. They can use the much-needed funds now and you can enjoy a meal with a loved one in the future once things return back to normal. Consider it paying-it-forward!
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