Manager’s Message – May 2020
A Simple Hello
Every day we are reminded of the devastation COVID-19 has brought to our country and the world. Every day our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and are grieving. Every day seems to drag on as we hope and pray for an end to this pandemic.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
Many of our members, especially our senior citizens, are feeling the loneliness and the lack of connection brought on by the virus and stay-at-home order. They are longing to see family and friends—but, because of their age and physical health, the dangers of interaction and risk of infection are too high. For many, even when the order is lifted, the fear will remain until the pandemic is eradicated.
Now is the time for all of us to be proactive in telephoning our loved ones, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors and reminding them that we are thinking about and checking on them. For some, a simple HELLO can brighten a very lonely day.
On a different note, if you are having trouble paying your bill as a result of the coronavirus, we want to work with you. Please call us at 253-847-4363 to learn about existing community programs, Operation Roundup and our installment payment options that can help you get back on your feet.
Every day in schools across the country, teachers touch the lives of millions of children. They inspire a lifelong love of learning and discovery, and make a difference in the wellbeing and long-term success of children. Parents have gained a better understanding of those challenges as schools have shut down across the nation.
The National Parent Teacher Association has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. We encourage you to pause during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, and really show your love for the teachers in our lives. Thank you teachers!
As we work to limit person-to-person contact, entrance to our office will not be available to outside visitors until further notice. But rest assured, we are not closed. Instead of coming to an office to speak to us in person, we encourage you to manage your account from the safety of your home. If you need to drop off a payment, our drive-thru remains open.
At Ohop Mutual Light Co., we have always been driven to help our community grow and meet whatever challenges come our way. Our employees, with a strong sense of conviction and quiet courage, work very hard to keep the power on for our members.
I’m not sure what life will look like in the next month, two months, or even a year down the road, but I do know this community. We are resilient. We will adapt. We will get through this.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to reduce the risk of this disease spreading in our area and as we look forward to a return to normal.