Updates

Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund: Spring 2020 Update March 24, 2020

Dear Fabio, and Friends and Family of Dr. Alan Metwally,


I just wanted to reach out and say that I’m thinking of all of you and all the people who have been connected with Aaron’s Presents and given us so much inspiration over the years. I would love to hear from you if you have time to write and let me know how you are doing. This is such a difficult time, and it’s hard to wrap my head around a crisis of this enormity and that has so many unknowns and affects the entire world, let alone our country. I am very concerned about what the next weeks will bring.


I regret that I haven’t been able to put together an update for you all sooner than this. However, I wanted to finally send you a list of the beautiful moments of caring and kindness that kids have created with your support. On the fund’s webpage, https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTY3NA== (note: the original Fundrazr one is no longer in use) I have posted a complete listing of all contributors to date, as well as some pictures from the funded this past year (Jan-Dec 2019, last 15 pictures in the Gallery).


Projects included: making gift bags for a family shelter, leading an empowering bonding session for middle school girls, gathering together over 80 people to make 100 fleece blankets for homeless adults and families, a basketball clinic led by a group of middle school boys, making over 700 pastelitos and giving them out to homeless people all over the city of Lawrence, a photo project led by high school and middle school-aged youth featuring themselves displaying one of their insecurities, maintaining a school garden through the summer, serving dinner to over 100 homeless adults, sending 10 care packages to troops in active duty around the world, and visiting elderly veterans in a local VA hospital.


A few organizational updates:

1) For now, we have put our regular program on hold during this time of social distancing, and have turned our focus toward our AP Community Relief Efforts, supporting any of the 1,300+ kids and families, especially in the low-income areas of Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn where about 80% of our participants live, in any way that we can. We are reaching out to as many of our Alumni and parents as possible, and hope to be able to help in small ways as needs come to our attention, such as with groceries, supplies, small bills, and educational/creative/enrichment materials that can help our kids cope and stay productive.

2) A few of our grantors have given us General Operating grants, rather than program-specific grants, to help sustain us through this time, which we are very grateful for!

3) Our Board has approved a Covid-19 Compensation Policy continuing to pay all of our Mentors through June (they typically do not work much in the summers) and our part-time administrative staff continuously. I know that everyone has appreciated this policy, as most of our Mentors are college students or working in lower-wage nonprofit organizations and have depended on this work to pay their bills.


Any contributions made in the next couple months will be put toward our AP Community Relief Efforts. Our youth are so eager to get back to doing projects with us around the community, and one thing I know for sure is that after this has passed, there will be no shortage of ways to give and help their communities heal and recover from this experience and loss. When that time comes, we look forward to being able to help them channel their emotions and energy into these efforts and realize what an important role they have to play in bringing us all back to full health.


Please feel free to get in touch with me for any reason, and if there is a way for us help or support you at any time, please don’t hesitate to call!

We love you all, and can imagine all the ways Dr. Metwally would be wanting to help right now—in medicine, creativity, entertaining children, and much more. We feel his passion and compassion powering us all the more through this time. Thank you for all your love and generosity, and please stay healthy and be careful!

Sending you love always,

Leah