Over the past few weeks, we have been working hand in hand with our Italian winery partners. To say that we are in uncharted territory is a gross understatement. For our dear friends in Italy, the recent weeks have been extremely challenging.
The Italian government has taken drastic but necessary steps to contain the spread of Coronavirus across the country. As of Wednesday evening, we were told that the agricultural and transportation were the only industries allowed by law to remain open. All other businesses (restaurants, shops, offices, etc) are closed through at least April 3rd.
The domino effect on the economy will be dramatic and, unfortunately, their story will continue to develop throughout 2020 as Italy’s robust tourism during Easter and into the Summer are severely impacted.
Our hearts go out to all of our family and friends that have been touched emotionally and economically by this pandemic, both in Italy and throughout the US.
We encourage all of our customers to consider the impact of these business closures on those living on hourly wages, tips, or simply the less fortunate living paycheck to paycheck.
Volio is based in Denver, CO where roughly 70% of our Denver and Aurora Public School system’s children depend on free or reduced cost lunches as their families struggle to stay above the poverty line. This likely mirrors many communities around the US where the challenges of working families will be exacerbated by school closures and a general lack of childcare services as we all focus on containing the spread of the virus in our cities.
We are also concerned for the welfare of many families with immune system suppressed children, those with chronic respiratory illness, and the elderly community that are predisposed to the more serious side effects of this virus.
Volio has supported There With Care for many years and will be making donations over the next several weeks to support their mission. Some information about the organization is detailed below.
There is no time like the present to be active in your community and we hope that those in good health (physical or financial) see that the time is now to help those in need.
We share the responsibility of a global economy and therefore must help shoulder the burden for those in need of a responsive, local community.
Mission. Vision. Volio.
President, Volio Imports
Information from There With Care