Hey You – It’s Going to Be Ok. Here’s How We Know…


Hey friends, It’s going to be OK. You may be watching the news, dealing with school cancellations and so many other chaotic, scary things right now. We just wanted you to know we’re here for you, and that you’re not alone. During this time, it is so important to think about all the things we have to be hopeful about. Here are a few: 

  • We are taking time to reflect on what is most important – our family, our friends, our communities, and our health.  
  • Many of us (who are able) are taking time to stay home, to slow down, and to take care of our bodies and minds.  
  • We are being challenged to be kind in the face of hardship. So many of us are checking in on our neighbors, making sure those who have compromised immune systems have enough supplies if they cannot go outside, and sharing vital information to protect one another.   

While this is a difficult time, it also offers us a unique chance to build community online and IRL by doing things that help restore ourselves and each other.  Here are a few ideas! 



  • Check on Neighbors, Friends, Family, and Yourself: Many people are feeling isolated and scared, make sure they’re OK! Others may have issues with work and/or income – find ways to be supportive, and if you’re in need don’t be afraid to ask for help.  
  • Make Sure You are Sharing Supplies: Panic has left many stores emptied of essential supplies. Make sure those who may need are given any extras you can provide.  

You can find even more resources and ways to get involved at rootsandshoots.org.


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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.