In Our Backyard: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Crandell Theatre Presents Virtual Community Event

 In Our Backyard: Neighbors Helping NeighborsThursday, February 18th at 4pm

Join us for “In Our Backyard – Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” an interactive conversation focused on how our community has been responding to new challenges presented by the pandemic. The program is presented with generous support from MetzWood Insurance. Led by Mayor of Hudson Kamal Johnson and featuring prominent community members as panelists, this one-hour Zoom program will address three areas of particular local concern – mental health, physical health, and food vulnerability. The event will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 4 pm via Zoom. Admission to the one-hour program is free and open to all.

The goals are to raise awareness for the positive work happening throughout Columbia County, highlight creative solutions, and inform community members about opportunities to serve. In order to create a more personal connection and promote dialogue, participants will pre-register for a break-out room on one of the three topics and experts will facilitate live conversation within this more intimate group. All participants will then rejoin the whole group to share what they have learned. After the event, a list of participating and related organizations will be posted as a resource for those who wish to become more involved. In addition, a short list of films that express the joy of interconnectedness will be posted for suggested viewing and further education.

Leading the discussion on mental health concerns will be Dan Almasi, Columbia County Mental Health Clinic Director. On physical health we’ll be joined by Claire Parde from The Healthcare Consortium and Gloria Martinez from Sun River Health. Covering food insecurity and vulnerability will be Carole Clark from Recovery Kitchen.

All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this thoughtful and timely conversation.

Additional information and registration is available at