This is the moment
I am inspired in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by the innovative thought leaders making a difference to the most important thing – people in our society. They are creatively using the resources they currently have at hand – adapting and implementing solutions today rather than waiting for the future. Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen demonstrates how to show up with a “big explosion of empathy.” According to Andrés, empathy is an amazing tool for taking care of each other, that we are all interconnected and that food is at the heart of it. At World Central Kitchen these innovative ideas include hiring restaurants to make free meals for those working the frontlines, vulnerable populations fighting COVID-19, the national guard, health care workers, the elderly, and the homeless. These restaurants get food from rural farmers who would otherwise have to throw away their harvests.
This is a moment to think big
We see similar inspiring stories within our own community. Feed the Frontlines Boulder with 14 local restaurants (and counting) is supporting our front-line workers in Boulder county with meals. Through the generosity of the community, they are providing meals to Boulder Community Hospital Foothills, the Boulder Fire-Rescue Department, Clinica Family Health in Lafayette and Boulder, and the Boulder Police Department. They plan to expand to additional facilities in the coming weeks.
The pandemic highlights just how interconnected we all are, and that our success together requires all of us. I am proud of our community response, and appreciate that the values we believe in at Integrated Work, Human First and Impact Amplified, are aligned as we strive to be part of the journey to create a compassionate world where everyone can help make a difference.