Volunteers putting box of food into a resident's trunk at Farm Share Food Drive

Here For You

By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor

(September 29, 2020) – We are all in this together and now is the time to lean on each other and find ways to support each other, while finding joy in helping others. While forced to adjust in response to restrictions, we are also still facing many challenges as a community.

Because I have been able to come into the office daily, I was able to pick up calls and answer emails both related to restrictions and everyday struggles. Our elderly have had a particularly difficult time due to isolation and loneliness. They and others needed help finding resolutions (from food insecurity and help renewing a driver’s license, to condo complaints). It was my honor to assist.

As August neared, the SIBPTSA took action and together we helped parents traverse the ever-changing school landscape—meal drives, pop up info desks, giveaways, and just being there to listen. Our State elected officials have been phenomenal in helping me assist residents with everyday tasks that seem so much more daunting today than six months ago. I must commend  Senator Jason Pizzo and Representative Joseph Geller, as well as our County Commissioner Sally Heyman. They inspire me to do better.

It has been my pleasure to witness SO many residents ALSO helping their next-door neighbors and the community at large. I urge you to reach out to me if you are struggling or if you want to help others at lsvechin@sibfl.net. Together we are stronger.