On Wednesday, the Lowcountry Food Bank delivered 10 palettes of food to the Joseph Floyd Manor. EP arranged for a group of 10 volunteers, some of whom are our Community Buddies, to help organize and distribute supplies with staff & residents.
Kiddos & parents throughout Charleston made homemade cards for the Joseph Floyd Manor residents with uplifting messages. For most elders, sheltering in place means being alone almost all the time, and so it is important to help our elderly neighbors feel connected. The cards -- and the Buddy System -- help alleviate the isolation.
With remaining food after JFM residents received their fill, EP arranged for distribution to The Shifa Clinic (a food pantry open daily in Mt. Pleasant), Destiny Community Cafe (a pay-what-can community cafe in North Charleston) and delivered food to Bridgeview Village where management passed out broccoli, lettuce, pickles, cantaloupes, and more.
  • Become an EP 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 crisis. If you are willing to step up, please fill out this GOOGLE FORM as the registration process to volunteer. Currently, this program is available for elders at Joseph Floyd Manor and Brighton Place (in West Ashley). With enough new volunteers, we hope to be able to spread the reach of this program to our neighbors at Bridgeview Village. Thank you SO much to our current buddies -- we couldn't do this without YOU!!
  • Help us secure supplies: dry goods, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc. You can leave your donations in a large box located at the Royal American front patio (Uptown on Morrison Drive) or at St. Stephens Church (downtown - left side driveway entry by 54 Society Street, go through iron gate, box under the staircase in front of Rectory door) and they will be collected regularly (please make sure to email us if you are dropping off so we can expect your donation).

    Paper Towels
    Disinfectant Wipes
    Clorox Bleach
    Mason Jars (for  DIY cleaning supply)
    White Vinegar
    Rags/wash cloths

    Canned soup/meals/tuna
    Microwave meals
    Dried goods
    Condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard)
    Shelf Stable Milk/Juice/Beverages (no sodas please)

    Toilet Paper!!!
    Mask (Handmade or Surgical)
    Hand sanitizer
    Plastic Gloves
    Vitamin C

  • Donate to Enough Pie: we need financial support more than ever to do this work, especially since our annual spring fundraiser - SWEET AS PIE - which raises approximately $10K is no longer able to take place. So, we need more individual support than ever to keep our work going. HUGE thank you to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church & Charleston Promise Neighborhood for stepping up with donations specifically earmarked for supporting our Community Buddies.
  • 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 as well, so please help get the word out.

Shout-out to another EP Mask Maker, Camilla! After reading this article about a student in Kentucky who is creating homemade fabric medical masks for folks who are deaf and hard-of-hearing,, Camilla got to work. She has been sewing fabric masks for our volunteers who are on-the-ground serving our elders and vulnerable neighbors at Joseph Floyd Manor, Brighton Place, and Bridgeview Village.

She crafted a prototype with her sewing machine and laminating sheets, which she first put through a laminator to create sturdy plastic, transparent barriers. She says that an already-made fabric mask can be retrofitted with the plastic by cutting a rectangular opening into the fabric, using the cut-out piece of fabric as a template, cutting the plastic slightly bigger than the cut-out piece, and sewing the plastic piece to the inside of the mask. She recommends hand washing the mask thoroughly after each us with soap and hot water, and hanging it to dry in the sun.

Are you innovating ways to protect yourself and those you come into contact with from COVID-19? Want to become an EP Mask Maker? Let us know!

Here’s to CREATIVELY coming together to support ourselves
& our neighbors during this challenging time. 
Test Painting Underpass Columns With Botanical Theme
One Week Before Shelter in Place Issued By City of Charleston

We wanted to share an update regarding EP's big AWAKENING: WEAVE THE PEOPLE project, as so much in the world (and in Charleston) changed overnight due to the COVID-19 crisis.

While our plan was to bring the community together in April and May to paint the columns in Vivian Moultrie Park, due to the pandemic, we have shifted the timeline of this project to Fall 2020, most likely September and October depending on how this unfolds. It is too great a risk to the health of artists, neighbors and volunteers to create a community artistic collaboration in light of the shelter in place order currently in place by the City of Charleston for all non-essential activities. This is disheartening news for all of us, but we look forward to the chance to all be together again when the weather is cooled down and things have returned to some sense of normalcy.

We are still committed to the Awakening of Vivian Moultrie Park, and recognize that larger forces have come into play that will affect our original timeline. A big shout out to Trina and Sean, EP's managing artists of this project, for fielding submissions, coordinating logistical details, and more. Much of what has some together in these last few months was thanks to their tenacity and thoroughness, and we are grateful to have them on our team!
Looking for new reading material but can't leave the house? Tales from the Manor is available for $20 online from our preferred partner, Books-A-Million.

SUPPORT LOCAL! Several local bookstores carry Tales from the Manor. Blue Bicycle Books can now ship orders if you call or send them a message. Itinerant Literate Books in North Charleston offers curbside pickup from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and 11:00 AM-4:00 PM on Sundays, free local delivery, and direct-to-home orders for a small shipping fee for out-of-stock items and out-of-state orders. We are grateful for the many local book retailers that support our book!
What I come away from these rich narratives feeling is a sense of being ‘reconnected’ to memories of a past that I did not remember. For that I am grateful. I commend the residents and staff at Joseph Floyd Manor for reminding us about who we are and how our city lives in their memory.
-Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, The Gullah Society
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