Covid-19 Resources and Ways to Get Involved
MEEC (Marianist Environmental Education Center)
Words of Hope from the Holy Ones - A Marianist Environmental Education Center blog reflects on finding hope in this time of COVID19 crisis in Pope Francis March 27th urbi et orbi message and our experience of nature in springtime: https://meec.center/posts/words-hope-holy-ones
MEEC blogposts - Offer other reflections on integral ecology as well as images and nature notes to encounter God's creation in the native plants in springtime on the trails of the Marianist Nature Preserve at Mount St. John: https://meec.center/blog
Hope for Creation Initiative - Marianist Family, Raise your Voices and Share Your Hopes. MEEC is encouraging members of the Marianist Family to participate in the Hope for Creation initiative of Catholic Climate Covenant during this time of COVID19. When you submit your information to Catholic Climate Covenant include your identity as Lay Marianist, Marianist Brother or Sister. Also send a copy to MEEC, so we can gather the ways our Marianist Family is sharing hope ! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission of Mary Farm
Mission of Mary's response and protocol plan for COVID-19 is posted on their Facebook page as well as their website. Updates will continue to be posted on their website at: missionofmary.org as well as the facebook page at "Mission of Mary Cooperative."
Be sure to also check out their website to shop their online veggies and spring plants for sale.
North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS)
To bring the Marianist Family together in this time of dispersion, NACMS is organizing a FREE online reading group. Our first session of the group was centered on the book Short History of Marianist Spirituality. Our next three sessions will focus on a variety of writings by the late Fr. Dave Fleming, SM. This next round of sessions starts May 5th. Meetings are Tuesdays at 2PM.
Click here for more information and to register: https://nacms.org/online-reading-group
Opportunities to Serve
The Marianist Brothers and Sisters in senior and nursing care at Siena Woods are--like most elders in senior centers--confined to their rooms and unable to accept visitors. You are welcome to write to these Brothers and Sisters, however! It would certainly cheer them up. You can mail cards and letters to:
The Marianist Community of Siena Woods
6105 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45415
If there is a particular brother or sister you want to write to, just put their name in the address line above the "Marianist Community of Siena Woods"
Five Oaks Initiative: Respite Bags - Are you looking for a way to help alleviate the suffering of marginalized populations in our city? The Marianist Family is partnering with the Food for the Journey Project and Our Lady of Grace Parish to prepare 50 brown lunch-size bags containing food items that travel well. These "Respite Bags" or Bundles will be given to guests who attend the Food for the Journey Project (FJP) free meal in the Madonna Room at our Lady of Grace Parish located at 527 Forest Avenue, Dayton, OH 45405.
When: 1st, 3rd, or 5th Tuesday of each month.
Sign up online here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040448aeaa23a7ff2-mfjp
More information about what to include in the bags is in the above link,
including where to take the bags and who to talk to.
Questions about this? Call or email Family Council member Nancy Woeste @ 937/430-3096 or email@example.com
House of Bread - In need of the following items: peanut butter, bread, milk, fruit cups, rice and pasta, diapers (size 3, 4, 5 and 6), baby wipes.
Drop off location: 9 Orth Avenue, Dayton 45406
Drop off times: Everyday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information visit: https://houseofbread.org/
St. Vincent DePaul - Follow links below to see what items are needed and how to volunteer
Dayton Daily News has these and other ways to serve on their website, which you can access by clicking here: www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/how-help/LFLCxSSDcKUzBbVxRlxPKI/?nowrap
Prayer Resources and Articles for Reflection
100 Days of Prayer - Sign up to receive a weekly prayer resource: https://100daysofprayer.net/
University of Dayton Campus Ministry Resources - A variety of ways to connect and engage with others through prayer, including a virtual Zoom community prayer each weekday at noon. Check out the campus ministry website for more details: https://udayton.edu/ministry/virtualchapel/covidnineresources.php
Dear Students: There is No Afterwards - article written by a professor at Notre Dame. Submitted by Fr. Ted Cassidy, SM
Free access to the digital edition of the missalette Give Us This Day which is published by Liturgical Press and is used by many Marianist religious communities. Find it online here: giveusthisday.org/Digital
Gaining Internet Access - EveryoneOn offers broadband service to income-eligible families at a cost of around $10-12 per month (varies from state-to-state). Some states also offer very low-cost laptops or desktops ($100-200).
During the time of the pandemic:
- Comcast offers free internet for the first two months at www.internetessentials.com.
- WiFi can also be accessed from library parking lots and in a variety of hotspots in Ohio.
(All information from Proliteracy. Learn more at Proliteracy.org)
HelpLink 2-1-1 - This line provides free and confidential information and referral services 24 hours a day through United Way. Users can simply dial 2-1-1 or call (937) 255-3000. This is a fantastic resource for someone does not know where to get started or who to turn to for help. It is essentially free, informal case management.
Miami Valley Warmline (free mental health support) - Montgomery County ADAMHS has partnered with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley to bring the Miami Valley Warmline to the community.The Miami Valley Warmline (937-528-7777) operates Monday through Friday, between 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.
This differs from emergency hotlines as this line is not intended for emergency calls. The Miami Valley Warmline also provides early intervention with emotional support that may prevent a crisis.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or call the Samaritan Behavioral Health Crisis Care line at 937-224 -4646. If you have any questions about COVID-19, please contact Dayton/Montgomery County Public Health at 937-225-6217.
We will continue to update this page with more resources and ways to be engaged as we learn of them.
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