An online discussion hosted by Mesa County Libraries and the Community Impact Council will focus on how the COVID pandemic has impacted the Mesa County community and how the community can successfully emerge from the pandemic’s chaos.
“State of the Community 2020: Coming Out of COVID – Better Together” will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. To attend, please register via a link on the Event Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org. The online event is open at no charge to any interested person who would like to attend via Zoom.
Panelists representing a variety of local organizations will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the community’s ability to obtain and maintain access to basic needs and services, such as food, shelter, health care, and education.
Panelists will include Scott Aker, chief operating officer of the Grand Junction Housing Authority; Alisha Wenger, executive director of the Community Food Bank; Dr. Crystal Owens, chief medical officer of MarillacHealth; Michelle Hoy, executive vice president of Mind Springs Health; Joy Hudak, executive director of Riverside Educational Center; and Joe Luis Chavez, community organizer for The Colorado Trust. The panel moderator will be Martha Graf, development specialist for MarillacHealth.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY IMPACT COUNCIL
The Community Impact Council (CIC) provides a collective voice and forum for advocacy and education of nonprofits in Mesa County. Each year in its annual State of the Community event, the council chooses a topic that is relevant to Mesa County residents and the CIC’s membership and explores that topic from the perspective of leadership in various vantage points throughout the community. This year, we will also hear from community members who use nonprofit services.