May 19, 2020
I pray this finds you safe and well, adjusting as best you can to our new reality.
Here in Syracuse, the volunteers of FrancisCorps 21 continue to serve those in need on the front lines during this difficult time. In mid-March, as the reality of COVID-19 became clear and the stay-at-home order went into effect, the sites the volunteers serve at were all classified as essential. Recognizing serving during a pandemic is not easy; we wanted to offer the volunteers a choice: continue to serve on site or offer prayerful support from home.
Now as they continue to settle into this new normal, we monitor their needs and health closely, working with the service sites to ensure all the appropriate social distancing and safety guidelines are in place. While we work hard to provide for them, the support they give one another is truly extraordinary. When observing the love and compassion they have for one another it is hard to believe that only 9 months ago these 6 individuals, who now care for one another as family, came together as strangers. Not only do they continue to serve, but they continue to live intentional community, sharing prayer and meals daily during this surreal experience. What’s more, an eagerness and anticipation to serve is present in the group of volunteers preparing to arrive in just a few months. As I reach out to them, they are adjusting to online classes and cancelled graduations, but still look forward to the opportunity to serve, even in the face of such uncertainty.
The new normal has changed so much for us all and here at FrancisCorps we have had to assess its impact on our available resources. We had planned to share a fundraising event in June, as you may have seen in our Annual Appeal; however, when considering the safety of everyone, we have decided to cancel that event which will have a significant effect on our budget and finances. With this in mind, we need your help in supporting these volunteers who continue to serve and those who will soon join us. Our goal with this emergency appeal is to raise $10,000 by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th to address the loss of our fundraising event, making ends meet and finishing the year on solid ground. You can donate toward this goal by clicking here. I know times are difficult for us all, but if you can, please help us provide support to the extraordinary young men and women of FrancisCorps 21 who continue to serve and ensure that service is sustained in the coming year as we welcome FrancisCorps 22!
Thank you for all your amazing support! Please know you will remain in my prayers and I would humbly ask you keep our volunteers in yours.