The Paris Post – April 9, 2020

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April 9, 2020

How are you doing? I’m personally starting to feel impacts of these first few weeks of self-isolation, so I want to check in and see if you’re doing okay. I know this is a tough time for all of us, especially with Passover upon us and Easter approaching this weekend. I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay.

I also want to take a moment to thank our healthcare workers, emergency responders, and all those who are on the frontlines of fighting this global pandemic. Those who are risking their lives to keep our community safe and healthy deserve our gratitude for their courage, compassion, and service. Thank you!

Coronavirus Resources

I’m sure you are being inundated with emails, Facebook posts, radio stories, etc. about guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, so I won’t tell you more of what you already know. If you have questions about City services, resources, or public health info, you can always check out the COVID-19 Resource Page we’ve compiled for you.

If you or a neighbor needs help getting connected to the right resources, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 410-340-0870. My team and I are ready to assist you.

Volunteer Opportunities

I know many of us are going stir-crazy in isolation and are looking for safe, impactful ways that we can help during this pandemic. Of course, the most critical thing for us all to do is to practice social distancing and stay away from others to prevent further spreading of the disease. That said, our State and Local governments have shared many ways for folks to step up and help.

We have transitioned all of our campaigning activities into volunteer activities to support the community during this crisis. Join us for upcoming opportunities:

TOMORROW: The small business community in Fells Point has organized a Community Blood Drive from 1:00pm – 6:30pm on Friday, April 10th. See details here. The American Red Cross is facing an extreme blood shortage due to the number of drives that have been cancelled, so donating blood is a wonderful way to help. If you are healthy and able, please consider donating. Schedule an appointment: www.redcrossblood.org/give

MONDAY: The Johns Hopkins Health System has organized round-the-clock efforts to construct personal protective equipment (PPEs) for healthcare workers. Join Team Paris on Monday, April 13th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm as we make face shields for Hopkins. If you are able to join us then, reply to this email or call/text me at 410-340-0870 and I’ll send you the info. To volunteer any other time, sign up here.

ONGOING: For a more thorough list of volunteer opportunities, visit my website.

Election & Voting

We don’t yet have an official decision on voting in the upcoming election. The Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020 and we anticipate that it will be a mail-in only election. Until we have an official decision, I am continuing to encourage everyone to vote by mail in order to ensure a safe voting experience.

Anyone can request an absentee ballot without needing a particular reason. You can request an absentee ballot online or our team can send an application to you. Call us at 410-340-0870 and we will help you out.

Be Counted in the Census

If you have not filled out your census yet, please make sure to do so ASAP. It is incumbent upon each of us to fill it out so that our community gets all the funding and representation we deserve! Watch my explanation here.

For every person counted in Baltimore City, our community will benefit from an additional $18,000 over the next ten years. It’s critical that every single person is counted so that we receive funding for important things like healthcare, education, transit, and affordable housing.

You can fill out the census online here: www.my2020census.gov or respond by phone and get live assistance at 844-330-2020.

Hang In There

We know that these coming days are going to continue to be difficult. We have to be there for each other and for ourselves. Please know that I am there for you and for our community. If you need to talk, feel free to call me at 410-340-0870. We will get through this together.

Warmest regards,


Paris Bienert

Candidate, First District
Baltimore City Council