Hello friends! I’m Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember Kim Bergel. As we’ve shared with you in our previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to work strenuously to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year has been incredibly difficult for many of us, not only in dealing with the challenges resulting from COVID-19, but also from the wildfires that continue to engulf our neighbors. The City remains incredibly grateful to the first responders that are working to keep our nearby communities safe.
During this time, you may meet many people from out of our area. Many of those are evacuees from the fires. Be sure to extend a Eureka friendly welcome, share some kindness, and show them why this place is great.
Along those lines, this week we celebrated the second annual Eureka Good Neighbor Week. Good Neighbor Week creates an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better, acknowledging and celebrating the importance of a good neighbor. Though we weren’t able to be together in person, community members shared their messages of support all week long on the Eureka Good Neighbor Week Facebook. Please check them out, and know that being a good neighbor isn’t limited to just one week – during these trying times, a little personal connection goes a long way, even if it’s from a distance.
Mayor Seaman mentioned it last week, but I also want to remind you that the City of Eureka has developed a Neighborhood Mini Grant Program that provides small grants to support volunteer-fueled solutions developed by the community. Whether you want to create a neighborhood support network to increase resilience or create a community space to foster social connection, citizen volunteers have the capacity to make their neighborhood – and our city – a better place to live.
This program aims to encourage and support neighborhood initiatives that accomplish one or more of the following:
Foster neighborhood pride and sense of belonging; develop stronger relationships among neighbors and neighborhood groups; improve the quality of life for residents; increase equity, resilience, opportunity, and leadership, and build capacity for long-term change by neighbors working together.
Visit the City of Eureka website at ci.eureka.ca.gov to get more details. The program is open now and will remain open until the funds are used.
Again, I’m Mayor Pro Tem Kim Bergel, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk again soon.