May 2020 Chairman’s MessageBy Urban League of HR
Hello Urban League friends! Typically I start off with what we are celebrating or highlighting for the month. Today however May is starting off with what has gripped our nation- the Corona Virus, COVID-19. Just a month ago, on March 30th, the Governor announced a shelter in place and now he is considering opening the state back up early. The order was initially to be in place until June 10th– we shall see. Many are being impacted financially and there has been no relief yet from the federal government as of yet.
The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Mary Bibbs and staff have been working tirelessly with Sentara in testing for the underserved communities- which is so appreciated and needed by these communities. In concert with testing we have been giving out resources to those we are testing as well, as they are being so negatively impacted by the virus and its impact. We are heading to all of the cities in Hampton Roads to ensure those who have so little are being served.
May is Mental Health Month. We know that there is such a negative stigma surrounding mental health and it harms the minority communities more so than others. We are taught that we can pray this away and not use medical practitioners who have studied many years to understand these issues. Please people, walk away from the antiquated theories- stop the negative connotations surrounding mental health, it is a disease just like cancer – it can be treated, if left untreated it cause serious harm and yes, even death. Please let’s take this mental health thing very seriously and if you are impacted by any form of mental health- please get treated!
I am so proud of the ULHR’s response to COVID-19, when the going gets tough, it takes leadership to steady the waters and I believe the ULHR is doing just that. If you believe that we are doing so, please go tour the website, contribute and become a member of the Urban League of Hampton Roads!