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May 19 Updates

Happy Tuesday, Village members and volunteers! Here is your weekly dose of news, ideas, events, and humor.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com so we can share with the group!

Why We Turn to Gardening in Hard Times
gardening by hand

The coronavirus pandemic has set off a global gardening boom. But why are we planting victory gardens in record numbers?

Americans have long turned to the soil in moments of upheaval to manage anxieties and imagine alternatives. Today, what drives people to garden may not be the fear of hunger so much as hunger for physical contact, hope for nature’s resilience, and a longing to engage in work that is real.

Read the full article from Yes! magazine.

25 Tips to Help You Get Through Your Day

There's no blueprint for how to get through the times we're living in. Whether you're having difficulty with isolation or relishing the solitude, everyone can benefit from this list of 25 self-care tips from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Thank you to Anne Dale, Village Member and Volunteer, for sharing this helpful resource.

News from Village Movement California

Villages across the country are digging into their values and unleashing their creativity right now to ensure that older adults are connected with community and getting basic needs met. The May newsletter from Village Movement California covers a range of valuable topics and resources, from diversity and inclusion to how individual villages are providing services during the pandemic.

Read the full newsletter here.

Join Us for Virtual Village Get-Togethers

Virtual Village Coffee Hour

Wednesday, May 20 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Click https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/796150669 or call (571) 317-3122 (audio only). Everyone is welcome.
 

Virtual Village Happy Hour

Friday, May 22 - 4:00 PM

Click https://www.gotomeet.me/VWWMeetings/village-happy-hour or call (646) 749-3129 (audio only). Bring your own beverage! Everyone is welcome.

Are you or someone you know experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line (1-833-736-4676; se habla español) and the Oregon Senior Loneliness Line (503-200-1633) are available at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

Video of the Week:
Superhero: A COVID-19 Song

And finally... a little humor for our times.

social distance bench from Ikea
Thanks to Village member and volunteer Anne Dale for sharing!
people normally (on screens) vs people during quarantine (in the park)
Thanks to Village volunteer Gilda Morgan for sharing!

That's it for this week. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com.

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Hillsboro 97124
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