Today we are running a race none of us would ever have imagined or chosen. One where the finish line is desperately hoped for but can’t yet be seen. We’re in a race we didn’t train for or expect. It’s surreal and seismic. The speed and scope of the novel coronavirus crisis has posed extraordinary challenges and disruption globally, nationally, statewide and in our own communities.

Since the life-threatening onset of COVID-19, some have faced steeper hills to climb than ever before. Many have missed milestones, like graduations and weddings, or have suffered the loss of a job or worse, the loss of a loved one. Make no mistake, these pandemic days have wrought hardship and at times, outright suffering, particularly for those who are the most marginalized in our communities. At Delaplaine Foundation, our work in grant funding support has proven even more critical than ever in providing life-line support to our nonprofit partners who have been tireless in their doubled-down work of delivering critical services to those in need.

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Thank you Marlene, the Deleplaine family and foundation, for all the good works you do for others. You are a great example of neighbors watching out for neighbors. Love!


Thank you Marlene for all your Foundation has done and is doing. Talking about what people and foundations like yours are doing in the community is not bragging, but rather it shines light on the needs of the community and inspires others to contribute as well. What I like most about this article is it illustrates how the community came together in the past to take care of each other, which, I believe draws the community together even more. Hard to not get along with your neighbor if they've been helping you out through some hard times. Fast forward to 2020- the knee-jerk reaction today when hard times or catastrophe hits is to go to the government for help first. Why do you then need community if the government takes care of everything? It is a well known fact that about 70% of every dollar the government gets is wasted on bureaucracy. Dollars given to foundations, churches and local organizations are much more efficient at delivering help to the community. There absolutely are needs the community can't fill and the government needs to step in for sure. But I think we've lost something from 1895 when the local community just pulled together to help their neighbor out rather than expect the government to help.


Thank you, Marlene, for letting us know how great our ancestors were. Hopefully, we will live up to their standards.

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