Amid the Covid-19 crisis, we all have had to adapt. The new standards of social distancing challenge many of us in new and different ways. As an organization that focuses on community events, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful (KCCB) has had to cancel all events. Our mission at its core involves the cooperation of people on a personal on-the-ground level. Though we greatly miss our creek cleanups, BioBlitz events, bike rides and tours, we are not losing hope. As a result, KCCB is refocusing its efforts to prepare for the future and find new ways to connect with the community.
Photo from Hellyer Park Wildlife Walk earlier in 2020.
On a personal level, as the Interpretive Coordinator, this has been a prime opportunity to work on the upcoming creek education program called Watershed-In-A-Box. Through a collaboration with CommUniverCity, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, Valley Water and Applied Materials, the program focuses on the intersection of the Coyote Creek watershed and people. I'll be teaching the courses in K-12 classrooms. Now, my efforts are focused on adapting these programs for public use, such as fun games and interactive demonstrations. This has been a good time for me to organize and prepare for the future. I may not know what is in store, but I will be prepared. That being said, I miss our events. Being outside in the sunshine and working alongside our amazing volunteers is a feeling I hope to feel again soon.
Photo from Creek Cleanup at Tully Ballfields earlier in 2020
CALL TO ACTION
In these trying times it is easy to fall in to a slump. I've found that putting my energy into helping others is an excellent way to lighten your day. Here are some ideas:
Call family and friends you haven't talked to in a while.
Organize your clutter and focus on things that you can donate rather than throw away.
Support local business and non-profits in your community
Do a kind thing for yourself. Practice self care.
"If you look for the helpers, you'll know that there is hope" Mr. Rogers