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Give to Support HLF's Program Staff

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Dear Friends,

As you are well aware, Holistic Life Foundation prides itself on providing a continuum of care for the community:

  • Holistic Me helps elementary school-aged children get in touch with and begin to control their own emotions;
  • Holistic Roots provides mentorship as those youth transition to middle and then high school, offering opportunities for them both to stay connected and to give back to their communities;
  • Workforce Development provides job training for those young adults not planning on moving directly to college, ending with employment as yoga and mindfulness instructors in some of the very same schools from which they emerged.

As a result, when we say β€œthe Holistic family” we are not simply trying to conjure a feeling for the organization; our staff are considered our family, as we have worked with and guided many of them from children into adulthood.

When Governor Larry Hogan ordered public schools across the state closed for two weeks in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we were forced to make some very difficult decisions about our program staff who would no longer have schools in which to work.

  • We were forced to furlough approximately 32 hourly staff members;
  • We can only provide 15 of them partial pay for the next two weeks;
  • 32 teachers missed out on over 500 hours of potential work and pay this week.

We have heard a great deal about the importance of social distancing in flattening the curve of this pandemic. And while we understand its significance in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, we must also recognize the absolute necessity of coming together as a village in sustaining our communities and families in these difficult times.

As a result, we have set up a fund to support our program staff as we await word on when schools will reopen and they can return to providing the programming that makes a difference in the lives of those who need it the most. 100% of all tax-deductible donations given to this fund will go directly to our yoga and mindfulness instructors who are impacted by school closures and cancellations.

We thank you in advance for your generous support.



Sincerely,

Jessica Wilson

Executive Director

Holistic Life Foundation