Letter Writing (COVID-19)

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We are all in this together! We are making masks. We are cheering-on our healthcare heroes. IVC Baltimore invites you to support some of our partner agencies “from home” via the writing of letters.

 

LETTERS TO THOSE IN GRIEF- Archdiocese of Baltimore Grief Ministry (adults)

If you are troubled over the violence in Baltimore City and looking for a way to help, please consider joining the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Grief Ministry, an initiative to demonstrate as a community our care and concern for families who have lost a loved one to violence. In partnership with city agencies and other nonprofits throughout the City who serve families of homicide victims, the Grief Ministry has created a network of volunteers from churches, schools, universities and other organizations to provide care packages, sympathy notes and other support to surviving families. To learn more about how to volunteer to send sympathy notes at the time of the death, at holidays, birthdays, and anniversary of the death, click here.

LETTERS TO ELDERS- Nursing Care Homes (young people)

Many area elders are going without hugs! During this outbreak, elders in nursing care homes and assisted living are unable to accept visitors- even from family members. And, our young people, stuck at home, are looking for ways to “do something” to make a difference during this outbreak. IVC Baltimore invites your classroom or religious education program to adopt a senior community- to write letters of support and flood our senior communities with love! 

by Colin, 2nd grade

How to Get Started. 1 -2 -3!

1. Adopt a senior community! 

  • Review list of available senior communities to adopt HERE.
  • Register to adopt a senior community (10 questions and 3 minutes to complete) HERE.
  • IVC Baltimore will confirm further details by email (from Nora Collins at: ncollins@ivcusa.org).

*** Optional! Opt to match your students to specific elders, and thus open-up the possibility of an ongoing COVID-19 Pen Pal (grandpal) relationship for your young people (middle and high school ages only). Otherwise, letters can be addressed to “dear friend” and will be distributed by on-site staff. ***

Adopt a Senior Community

2. Email instructions to your young people (or their parents), including:

  • Name and address of your adopted senior community (see address list, here). **Students will stamp and mail their letter directly to your adopted senior community for on-site staff to distribute.
  • If applicable (optional!), the list of matches- student to assigned elder. ** After registration, IVC Baltimore will email the list of names directly to you for assignment to students.
  • Instructions and sample letters (in Google Docs).
    • Instructions for K-5, here.
    • Instructions for middle and high school school aged students, here.

3. Questions? Email Nora Collins (at: ncollins@ivcusa.org) with questions.

 

 

Paul and John, Ignatian Volunteers, visiting with an elder at St. Elizabeth’s! We miss you!

We are delighted to partner with Catholic Charities!

IVC Baltimore and Catholic Charities are long-time partners across the United States. Catholic Charities is a leading provider of exceptional, affordable apartment communities and life care options (adult day services, assisted living, and nursing care homes) for seniors in the Baltimore region. Compassionate care is provided through a full continuum of services available to people of all faiths. Learn more, here.