Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

Some thoughts from the executive board of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization during these challenging times:
Please check in with your elderly neighbors and friends, or those who may be more vulnerable to the virus.  Offer to buy groceries or pick up prescriptions from their pharmacy.  [And maybe even share a few rolls of toilet paper that you may have stocked up on…]
  • Please support local businesses however possible.  Order takeout from your favorite restaurant perhaps.  Many of these businesses have laid off most of their staff and are getting by on a skeleton crew. 
  • If you do order food or other items for delivery, make sure to add a couple of extra bucks to your usual tip.  Not all service, health care and retail workers have the privilege of working from home or calling in sick. They're working because they can't afford not to.
  • During this time of “social distancing”, take the time to pick up the phone and call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in some time.  Or email friends and family to check in.  Or call or write a note to an elderly relative who may be shut-in.
    Donate money if you can.  Plenty of local organizations and charities, as well as those that serve globally, are looking for monetary support. Charity Navigator has compiled a list of trustworthy charities to donate to, and food banks, shelters and other charities in our area certainly need support.    
  • Take a walk!  The weather is warming up, it’s a great time to take your spouse, kids and/or your dog for a stroll around the neighborhood.  
  • Lastly, we’re grateful to all of the civil servants who are still working:  the mail is still being delivered, our garbage and recycling is still being picked up.   UPS and Fedex drivers are making sure our packages are being delivered while we shop online.

    And we’re especially grateful to all of the local emergency responders (police, fire and ambulance personnel) as well as to all of the doctors and nurses who are on the front line, taking care of those who may be ill.

    Let’s all be good neighbors and help our community!

    Thank you and be well!  Drink lots of water, rest and wash your hands!