Over the last few weeks community members have come together for our Ward 4 listening sessions to talk about the challenges we face as a community.
During our Brightwood Park event, business owners along Kennedy Street shared just how hard this time is. The combination of being required to temporarily shut down and people staying home has put many of our small businesses at risk of closing permanently. The government is doing what it can in terms of financial relief and other initiatives, but neighbors and customers are also part of how these businesses will survive. I want to do my part.
Throughout the rest of August, I’m challenging you to a game of Kennedy Street small business bingo! Print out a card to get started. Support a local business in each of the squares and mark them off on your card. Tag us on social media at @Janeese4DC when you get BINGO and we’ll thank you with a special prize!
Local businesses are essential for our economy. They bring growth and innovation, provide employment and create entrepreneurship opportunities, and care about our community. They are what make our neighborhoods special and unique.
Most are feeling a financial strain right now and are worried about the future. If you need to buy something, try your local store first. If you still have an income, try ordering from your favorite local restaurant once a week. Many of these businesses have options for delivery or contactless pickup, offer online services, or are located outdoors and we encourage everyone to use these minimal contact approaches whenever possible.
We’ll reward anyone who gets BINGO with a brand new Janeese sign for your yard or window, signed by Janeese! We know that the biggest reward of this will be keeping our Ward 4 businesses as part of our community.
Print out your card today and start playing this weekend!