Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
May 2020
 
Main Street's e-newsletter brings project updates, events, community 
resources and more to your inbox the first Friday of every month. 
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community!
Main Street Team Hard at Work -  
A Look Behind the Scenes! 

Behind the ScenesWe hope our Main Street Monthly Connect finds you healthy and adjusting to our new reality. Our Main Street team has transitioned well to our new way of life and we thank you for joining us for our virtual programming and connections. For this May update, we thought it would be nice to share a behind-the-scenes look at current Main Street staff initiatives. We hope you gain an understanding of our scope of work, our pivot to current virtual programming and feel the excitement for what’s to come - including a new virtual summer membership!! In the meantime, stay healthy and safe and enjoy our May behind-the-scenes update.

 
Stacey WatsonStacey Watson 
Director of Membership and Volunteers
 
We are having a great time getting creative and spending time with all of you during our virtual programs. Our Sunday Game Days are off to a fantastic start and we have been enjoying taking some time for connection, reflection and inspiration at our weekly Virtues Circles. While we miss being together in person, we are so grateful that the wonders of technology provide the opportunity to stay connected. We are seeing so much success with our virtual programming that we are making plans to keep a lot of what we have developed long into the future. In fact, keep an eye out for information on a brand new Virtual Membership program launching this summer!
 
Behind the scenes, I am also working on a few major initiatives for once the doors at Main Street open. I am fine-tuning the new membership structures, formatting member handbooks and developing robust programming schedules. 

 
Sharon CichySharon Cichy 
Chief Strategy Officer 
 
I have had the luxury over the last few weeks to connect with many of you on my “check in” phone calls with Main Street members. These phone calls have allowed me to get to know and learn about many of you - and I am enjoying every minute! If I haven’t reached you yet and you are interested in connecting, please contact me through our main email (info@mainstreetconnect.org) and we can set up a time to talk!
 
Additionally, I have been working hard to help develop virtual programming to connect and educate all of you wonderful members while you are sheltered in place. Please check out the details below about our upcoming book club and our educational miniseries. Lastly, I am excited to be working on The Entrepreneur Project! This will be a special group for all interested members, which is dedicated to what you need to know to start your own business. Stay tuned for more about this in the coming weeks! 

 
Julie Ryan-SilvaJulie Ryan-Silva 
Director of Communications and Research 

We are working hard to keep the Main Street community connected and to prepare for the time that we can be together again.
 
I am currently coordinating research and evaluation efforts for Main Street. We are working with Professors Peter Leone and Ellen Fabian at the University of Maryland to develop a research project on the impact that Main Street will have on the lives of residents and their family members. Main Street is also working with experts at Sharp Insight (learn more about them below) to prepare an evaluation strategy for our membership program. These efforts are driven by our commitment to meeting the needs of our diverse, inclusive community. 
 
In addition, I am coordinating Main Street’s transition to a new website and membership management platform, ClubExpress. This platform will offer a number of benefits for our members including a mobile app and new ways to connect with one another. We will also soon roll out a virtual membership option. Watch for that - and know that we are thinking about all of you as we work behind the scenes! 

 
MaryAnn HanleyMaryAnn Hanley 
Executive Assistant
 
This is a very exciting time for Main Street as we get ready to launch our next phase! I've been inspired by the innovation and commitment of the Main Street team. I've been uplifted by the smiling faces of members on Zoom activities. 
 
Behind the scenes, I support our Main Street communications, coordinate Main Street Connections and assist the team as needed. 

 
Recent Member Events 
Virtual Programming Off to a Great Start! 
 
If you have had the opportunity to join us for our Virtues Circles, Moms' Coffee or one of our Sunday Game Days, you know that Main Street’s move to virtual programming is off to a great start.
With technology on our side, we are connecting in brand new ways.
 
Some of our participants have shared beautiful anecdotes such as “I feel the virtue of friendliness multiplied by each square” and “We had a great time and it was so nice to get away from all of the crazy news”.
 
We invite you to check out our schedule of events below and register for a future event today! 
 

 
Main Street Virtual Member Events 
 
Game DaySunday
Game Days
May 3 - Bingo
May 17 - Trivia
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Click on the links above to register and join us for some fun. Don't forget to bring a good luck charm to Bingo!
 
Monday MixologyMonday
Mixology 
May 4
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Learn how to mix both new and classic cocktails (mocktails too!) while chatting with Main Street members. Sign up here 
 
Main Street MiniseriesTuesday
Educational
Miniseries 
Weekly May 5 - June 2
5:00 - 5:30 pm
While we are at home and adjusting to our new and hopefully temporary normal, we know there are some consistent topics on people's minds. So, we created our Main Street Miniseries. The series includes five sessions on different topics and you can join us for one session or for all of them. Wwill record all of the classes so, if you can’t make it, just sign up and well share the video with you so you won’t miss a thing! 
  • May 5: Tips on Zoom Safety and Zoom Etiquette
  • May 12:The Power of Hygiene and Safety during Corona
  • May 19: How to Stay Positive and Relish Your Mindful Moments
  • May 26: Healthy Snacking to Boost Your Immune System
  • June 2: Keep on MOVING!
Sign up for our miniseries here.
 
Virtues Circle
Wednesday Virtues Circle
May 6, 13 and 20
4:00 - 4:40 pm
Connect with other members and Dara Feldman, our circle keeper. You will leave feeling stronger, peaceful and uplifted. Sign up here
 
Main Street Book ClubThursday
Main Street
Book Club
May 14
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Join us as we launch the Main Street Book Club!
Author and Main Street member Karen Leggett will lead a discussion about Wonder by R.J. Palacio. More info and sign up here

 
Main Street Apartments 
Sneak Peek at Rendering
 
Multimedia Room Rendering
Multimedia Room Gathering Space

 
Fundraising Event Update 
Main Street Inaugural Golf Outing 
 
Main Street Golf OutingMain Street's Inaugural Golf Outing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at Woodmont Country Club. 
 
Thank you to all our sponsors and friends for your continued support!

 
Professional Member Spotlight 
Sharp Insight, LLC 
 
Sharp Insight, LLC is proud to join Main Street as aSharp Insight logo
professional member and evaluation partner. Sharp Insight’s team is hard at work designing data collection tools and systems that will support Main Street in monitoring and evaluating the quality and impact of its innovative approach to redefining inclusivity. 
                                     
Jana SharpFounded in 2013 by Jana Sharp, Sharp Insight is an evaluation firm that specializes in making data more meaningful for non-profit, foundation and public-sector partners. Sharp Insight has demonstrated its expertise in the field through implementing high-quality, customized services on behalf of over 50 clients and hundreds of initiatives. Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Sharp Insight is certified as a small, woman-owned business enterprise. For more information about Sharp Insight, please visit us at www.sharp-insight.com.
 
Sharp Insight is a professional member of Main Street. 

 
Community Opportunities  
 
New Main Street Resource List
Main Street has compiled a list of virtual resources to provide support and connection! Check it out here
 
Maryland ABLE Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, May 6th
6:30 - 8 pm
Kelly Nelson from Maryland ABLE will share an overview of how ABLE accounts can help people with disabilities and their families to save for the future. Learn about the eligibility criteria, the enrollment process, features of an ABLE account and the account management process. This event is hosted by CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Register here
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Rendering of Main Street building
Applying for Main Street Apartments 
 
Main Street's property management company, Hercules Living, is now accepting phone calls to set an appointment for an in-person meeting to apply to live in the Main Street Apartments. Calls are accepted from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please visit www.livingatmainstreet.com 
to find all of the details from Hercules Living.
 
All roommates must submit required paperwork at the time of application to be put on the waiting list.
 

 
 

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