Organizations That Made the Effort to Connect During COVID-19


In a time when staying apart is the safest thing to do, strengthening our bonds and supporting each other takes a little more effort. These 12 individuals and organizations made that effort.

Photograph courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Zoo Blooms

Following virtual tours of the zoo’s spring tradition, staff delivered blooms to nursing home residents and hospital workers.

Xavier University

Faculty and staff personally called all 4,500-plus undergraduate students to answer their questions.

Comet Connector Bus

Mason City Schools sent a decorated bus (wearing a mask) to students’ homes to celebrate birthdays.

Truck Bed Sing-Along Tour

Music teacher Bryan McCartney took his show on the road across Northern Kentucky so neighbors could sing and dance at a safe distance.

The Dad Initiative Instagram Program

Tyran Stallings’s DAD Initiative helps kids learn life skills, and to support the class of 2020, he enlisted his son Tariq (DJ Riq) and put on a virtual prom.

Visual Storytimes

Local bookstores and libraries including Blue Manatee, Joseph-Beth, and PLCHC took to YouTube, Facebook Watch, and Instagram to read to our littles.

Virtual Book Clubs

The Mercantile Library’s lively book discussions moved online to serve readers.

Camp Delivery

Wave Pool Gallery supported their neighbors—and our creative community—by distributing weekly food boxes that also contained an original piece of art.

Porch Pours

Creative agency Agar set up a virtual happy hour movement that went national, with a playlist, cocktail recipes, and a hashtag.

Cincinnati Cares

The online volunteer connection helped businesses launched through MORTAR reach out to experts for virtual coaching.

The Children’s Theatre Cincinnati

Streaming past performances and offering week-long virtual camps, TCT continued to engage young audiences.

Ding Dong Ditching Senior Baskets

Florence mom Shauntae Godsey collected donations, packed up baskets of goodies, and dropped them off for nearly 1,000 Northern Kentucky high school graduates.

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