Chamber Champions! Making a change in the Blackstone Valley
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to wish a very happy, and relaxing Mother's Day to all the moms working from home, homeschooling your children, taking care of sick loved ones, going to work to serve others, especially the nurses, doctors and all the healthcare and retail workers, and the mothers working tirelessly to keep your businesses thriving, you are all very appreciated!
Local community member, Kayleigh Poudrier, started the Blackstone Valley Restaurant Page back in January. The goal of this Facebook page was to give residents of the Blackstone Valley and surrounding towns a way to leave positive reviews, and constructive criticism for area restaurants, bars, farms, and anywhere that provides them with food or beverage, as well as ask for recommendations.
Since COVID-19 started, the page has also become a great resource for restaurants to share information and connect with the community. The ultimate goal is for our area restaurants to gain more popularity and gain more business and a connection with their customers.
Everyone give this page a visit and let's thank Kayleigh for bringing attention to restaurants in the Blackstone Valley!
Adopt a Row or Tree - Feed Our Neighbors
Empty grocery store shelves may be a new experience, but hunger has always been around us. In Massachusetts, 1 in 11 individuals experience hunger daily. This need is only expected to grow as the economic shutdown due to COVID-19 continues. These individuals are our neighbors, friends and family - and the reason we farm for hunger relief.
When you join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement and Adopt a Row or Tree, you will be providing the support we need to tend to our fields and fruits trees to make it possible for us to grow over 200,000 pounds of produce for hunger relief in 2020. Our farm team is planting rows right now - is one of them yours?
Pictured here (left photo in rear) is Suzanne Buchanan behind her sister as a young girl getting her first ride on a bicycle. On the right, in the front seat, is Suzanne today as BHC's Volunteer Coordinator riding on a tandem adaptive bicycle with VIP Marjorie Turner Hollman during last year's adaptive cycling series with All Out Adventures.
While National Bike Month is still in place for the month of May, the status of the Volunteers-In-Parks program and the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Bikeway Ambassadors remains on hold due to COVID-19. We will announce plans for summer programming once some social distancing guidance is released after the quarantine periods in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
(Note that in 2020, Bike to Work Week will be September 21–27, with Bike to Work Day on Tuesday, September 22).