We are All in this Together!
by Publisher "ANDEE" Hoig
I hope you all are well and safe. What a whirlwind the past six weeks have been!
And to be honest … I am not really quite sure when to begin. So many of us—if not all of us—are being impacted in one way or another by COVID-19. I am not going to write about all the challenges, hardships and heartache COVID-19 is presenting in our community, our nation and around the world. I believe we all understand the challenges and are experiencing them on some level. I do want to offer some inspiration: If there ever was a time to really take a look at Contribution, the time is now.
Contribution can mean so many things. What may first come to mind is a monetary contribution, which is important, but contribution is so much more than that. As I connect with family, friends, colleagues, businesses and nonprofits via social media, I am seeing contribution at its finest.
Neighbors are grocery shopping for the most vulnerable among us and others who can’t get out. Businesses are reinventing themselves to not only stay in business, but to help the community as well. People are stepping up to help those in need and the nonprofits that serve them. We are all reaching out and connecting to others in a way we haven’t done before. The “busy-ness” of our lives has literally come to a stop in one way or another; that is where a whole new level of contribution begins.
Contribution is a two-way street. We often think of it as giving, but it is also receiving. We contribute to others when we allow ourselves to receive from them. The world is changing and things will never be the same. Our willingness to receive is a huge contribution to our communities and to the planet.
What else is possible if we were the gift and the gifted?
As we began working on our April issue, months ago, businesses had not shut down, schools were still open, and people had not yet been instructed to stay home. As we started to wrap things up the region began shutting down. I hope you enjoy our cover story on an integral part of that region: Southwest Iowa. There are so many great things happening across the river and so many contributions being made. When businesses open back up and we gladly get back to more normal activities, consider exploring some of the communities, events and natural features of our neighboring state along with our own. And when you’re ready to engage and reimagine giving back, we’ll be standing by as your source for all the details on upcoming events that support our local nonprofits.
Thank you for all of your contributions to our community!
With ease, joy & gratitude,
ABOUT Publisher Andrea ‘ANDEE’ Hoig and ALH Publications, Inc. / metroMAGAZINE
Andee has spent over 30 years photographing and documenting the philanthropic & charitable activities in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas.
metroMAGAZINE has provided event & photo coverage for tens of thousands of charity events and has reported on millions (perhaps billions) of dollars being raised for area non profits. metroMAGAZINE is often the only public recognition that these non profits, the volunteers and committee members receive.
Andee has been committed to serving the Omaha community since her early twenties and she continues to look for ways to shine a light on those in need as well as encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to get involved, give back and make a difference.
ALH Publications, Inc is committed to creating positive community impact publications that help expand the giving landscape of our community as well as CONNECTING people with community minded businesses.