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Dealing with Quarantine

Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:32 PM | Tracey Wilson (Administrator)

Regina Pinney
Executive Director

*Updated from last week!

It seems like everyone around us is sick, and now we're dealing with COVID-19 concerns. The headlines say its just going to continue to be an issue.  So let’s get on top of it!

Here is what Nonprofit Network is doing to help keep employees – and you – from getting sick(er).

First – we have a generous PTO plan and policy and a culture that allows staff to stay home when they are sick. We also have a work from home policy. For an example see our Policy & Agreement

We have started to disinfect our offices daily – we wipe down our desks, shared tables, computer keyboards, mouses, desk phones, cell phones, light switches, pens, and door knobs (interior & exterior).  

For our workshops, we are re-scheduling large events or moving to an online platform. We use Go To Meeting, Face Time, Skype, Google Hangouts and What's App to name a few.

For smaller workshops (10 participants or less) we are arriving early, have tissues on hand, and are wiping down tables, shared computer equipment, door knobs and keeping sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available for our guests.  We are also wiping down these spaces before we leave and we wash our hands often!

It is always recommended that you wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. While hand sanitizer kills the germs, they remain upon your hands until they are washed away with plenty of soap and warm water. Keep tissues and wipes with you. Cover your cough, don't touch your face, wipe down shopping cart handles and avoid touching public doors with your hands (use elbows when you can). Avoid sick people, and if you are sick or have respiratory symptoms, stay home. Access online services or call over the phone when you can. Avoid close contact and try and maintain a 3 foot perimeter from others. Avoid handshakes and try a fist-bump, or a big warm smile instead.

Now, let’s talk about populations you serve or your employees that might need additional help during the coming weeks. Remember that vulnerable populations will experience this crisis disproportionately.  Those who live in or on the verge of poverty will not be able to accommodate a decrease in pay, a decrease in hours, or an increase in expenses.  We know that some items are in short supply at the grocery store or now much more expensive.  Consider how you might help in these circumstances.  NN is hosting a Nonprofit Executive Leadership and Support Staff daily call at no cost.

We'll discuss: 

  • Opportunities to problem-solve with your peers
  • Share resources and information
  • Strategize your plan around staffing, fundraising, maintaining services and the evolving needs of the clients and communities you serve

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Also be aware that many children receive breakfast and lunch at school. If elementary, middle and high schools close, many children will go without regular meals.  Our food pantries and social services will need additional support to accommodate these families.  

Image result for femail fist bump We got this!

Drink water, boost your vitamin C and remember zinc rich foods like red-meat, poultry, beans and nuts. While "C" may be the super vitamin for colds, then Zinc is the super mineral! 

Additional resources:

Letter from the Office of the Governor

What did we miss?  What are you doing to keep yourself, your employees and your clients healthy during this "germy" season? We'd love to hear from you!

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