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Inspire 2020: Pandemic workforce in Cumberland County
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Inspire 2020: Pandemic workforce in Cumberland County

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As we continue to navigate our way through this coronavirus pandemic, more and more it becomes about noticing the things we may have taken for granted before.

In our communities, that means the simple ability to go visit a grandparent or hang out with a friend. No more youth sports, no hugs. For a lot of people, no jobs.

Inspire is passion project for us, a quarterly magazine that looks at the people who make our communities better in Cumberland County. We profile citizens, women in leadership, small businesses and the leaders in our communities. We spotlight the good things and good people who work for a better tomorrow and beyond.

That focus is even more important with this month’s edition, which looks at the people who stayed on the job during this pandemic, turning a normal everyday roles into vital services.

A lot of these profiles focus on food — how we get it, how it’s managed and how it’s done safely.

Some look at the sacrifices people make, like a Carlisle woman uprooting her family life to live and work in a shelter for 57 straight days.

Others highlight the valuable role of logistics — how things get from here to there and eventually land in our grocery stores or our front porches.

Our goal here was to highlight the jobs and roles people play beyond the health care and emergency services that are so vital at this time. This is a chance to shine the spotlight on people whose everyday jobs turned into a new challenge to offer vital services while maintaining their own safety.

That includes The Sentinel newsroom staff members who have dug in to provide updated information and stories to keep you informed.

And as your community newspaper, we take pride in shining this spotlight every quarter.

And today we thank all those people in service industries across the county, along with health care and emergency service workers, who have helped us navigate this pandemic.

— Jeff Pratt, Editor

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