Take Charge Of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved.
This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page discusses the resilience that the Pittsburgh community has shown during this year’s unforeseen circumstances. 2020 has shown us that when our community is at its lowest point we unify and support one another through sharing resources, being a listening ear and being conscious of others’ health.
According to the Allegheny County website, since the beginning of the pandemic, we have, unfortunately, lost more than 500 souls. More than 30,000 people have contracted COVID-19. Many parts of our lives are completely different. COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we celebrate life and the way we mourn people’s passing. Our youths are navigating entirely different education systems, with most schools in the region operating completely online. Our workplaces are different, with some of us working from home, while others report to the office with a fraction of the coworkers who once shared the same space. As humans, we are social people. As the pandemic continues to affect the way we are able to socialize, in good times and in bad, our mental health continues to be negatively affected, as well.
However, with all that being said, I continue to be heartened by the strength and shared community concern for which Pittsburgh is known. When our neighbors are in despair, Pittsburgh residents step up and do what is right. This is the definition of resiliency, and I encourage this type of involvement and growth. We see resiliency in our homes, on social media and in our children. With 2020 coming to an end in a few weeks, it is vital to reflect on our successes.
Many of us have lost our jobs and insurance, as well as loved ones, but we have not lost our sense of community or the ways in which we support each other. We saw the community come together in November for our annual Thanksgiving Distribution, where 900 families in the various communities were helped and supported during the Thanksgiving season. We see the resiliency and support of our neighbors through the Urban League’s All One Pittsburgh initiative that is supporting people in our community who do not have access to vital essential items like cleaning supplies and toiletry items.
There continues to be a vast array of opportunities for you to help your fellow neighbor in this season of giving. If you can, donate money, time or in spirit. Review the other resources that are available on this page and get involved. Take charge of your health and well-being, and help your neighbor do the same. We will get through this, Pittsburgh, but WE MUST DO IT TOGETHER.
Cheers to the new year. Thanks for reading this message; I am looking forward to 2021.
Take Charge, and take care; yours in the movement,
Esther L. Bush, President and CEO
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh