Neighbors, I wanted to share a few things with you as we organize to meet the challenges of living in the age of COVID-19, especially while we all take appropriate precautions for the safety of our families, friends, & neighbors.

We created a google document containing helpful information for Eckington Residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Please help us by adding information directly to the document or by emailing us proposed additions. A couple of details are worth flagging

  • Meals for students of all ages are available at Eckington’s McKinley Technology High School on weekdays from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 31 from 10 am-2 pm; 
  • The city has suspended street sweeping (and street sweeping parking enforcement) for the time being. Other parking restrictions still apply, and the city is still issuing tickets for other violations. 

Folks who are willing to volunteer or who need assistance with various needs to complete this Ward 5 Community & Mutual Aid form. In the coming days, we also expect to recruit volunteers to organize “pods” on each block or in each apartment building in Eckington. We want to ensure that everyone in the community knows how to get support they need in these difficult times. Stay tuned for more details.

The Eckington Civic Association will continue to help communicate community needs to city agencies. For example, we are seeing if the city can open up the track at McKinley Tech to residents during all daylight hours so that folks can get exercise while practicing social distancing. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have needs that are not being addressed, and we will do our best to pass those concerns along to the appropriate office. 

At this point, we expect to hold our next meeting on April 6 using some kind of phone or video conferencing. We will share details in advance of the meeting, and I expect that additional efforts to organize in our community and respond to this crisis will be the main item on the agenda. 

Stay safe and stay in touch!

Conor Shaw
Eckington Civic Association