The Town Common is a non-partisan, community based organization whose goal is to provide actual and virtual gathering spaces to promote respectful listening, critical thinking, and constructive conversation; inspire community action and engagement; and facilitate connection, collaboration and individual and organizational initiative.
A group of Winchester High School students is starting a neighbor-helping-neighbor organization that can match those who need help to those who can provide assistance. Mutual Aid networks are springing up in many communities, to help people work cooperatively to meet the needs of everyone in the community: when we pool our resources, we create a more equitable society for everyone.
Visit the Winchester Mutual Aid website to get more information about the network and to sign up. They are also compiling a list of resources in town.
To contact the organizers, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is COVID-19 changing your world? Let's keep a record of what we're going through in this unprecedented time. The Winchester Archival Center is collecting submissions of photos, videos, essays or other items that will help tell the story of our coronavirus experiences.
To contribute, visit winpublib.org/covid19project.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Federal government has enacted a record relief bill, and may well take further action. Here are some direct links to government website with helpful information about particular issues.
What is the best way for me to get up to date information on COVID-19?
If you have access to a computer or smartphone with internet here are some helpful resources:
We in Winchester—along with the whole world—are working to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (This CDC video helps explain the need for such drastic measures.) The town has established a website as a center for information about the disease and our response to it, at winchester.us/coronavirus. The site includes
- an informational video;
- authoritative information about closures and postponements;
- guidance on gatherings of young people during school closures;
- updates from School Superintendent Judith Evans, Town Manager Lisa Wong, and other town departments;
- helpful links from the state and Federal governments and elsewhere.
The town site is the best place to get accurate information about policies and rules as well as to check out stories you might have heard elsewhere. Accurate information is our most important tool in fighting the virus, and misinformation could actually do harm.
Support Town Businesses
The Winchester Chamber of Commerce has:
- a comprehensive COVID-19 resource page
- a directory of town businesses, listing current status, hours of operation, and how to get in touch
Information Sources, especially for nonprofits
Not connected with or endorsed by the Town Common.
- The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network page includes links to aid agencies and advice
- The Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 resource page and their blog
- WHO debunks Myths about the Coronavirus
A strong community is particularly important during this time of crisis, and the Town Common hopes to connect our many civic organizations to help them find the best way to contribute. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.
Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm
The Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Rd
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
What if Winchester created a unique opportunity for youth to add their voice to important community conversations, especially those that matter most to them?
Reports, photos, and videos of the event
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