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3 ways we’re putting safety first

We’ve all been following the news: it seems almost impossible to keep-up with the constant changes and developments with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak across the world. There are times when the world–and the issues affecting it–can feel big and overwhelming. But at the Community Foundation, we’re committed to continuing to think local: to focus on tangible solutions and emboldening the most important resource we have in Lancaster County: our people.

Here are some ways that our team is working to both keep safety as our top priority while also continuing to push forward with our goal of emboldening extraordinary community.

1) Canceling in-person events, but keeping the resources open

You’ve heard it over and over: “social distancing” is one of the most effective ways to prevent and contain a situation like the one we’re in. To that end, the Community Foundation has postponed, digitized, or canceled all upcoming events, as well as transitioned into a fully remote organization. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to connect with us or get the benefits of some of those modified events. We will be offering any informational event remotely via Zoom, as well as continuing to post actively on social media. In addition, the LancFound team will be keeping in touch internally via Microsoft Teams, Airtable, and good old fashioned email.

Here are the tools we’re using, as well as some other options (all free!):

Conferencing Communication Project Management
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Bonus resource: Scanner Mini, a free mobile app that allows you to turn photos into PDFs for easy sharing!

2) Collaborating and sharing resources

At the Community Foundation we are all about the power of collaboration! We also know that in this time of uncertainty, there’s no such thing as 100% expertise about what to do when. For this reason we’re committed to sharing our current policies as well as some of the resources we have gathered from across the community to help you and your organization manage this time.

COVID-19 Policies and Resources

LancFound Policies

Check out the Community Foundation’s current internal policies. Feel free to adapt and use for your organization:

General Policy

Staff Duties Policy

Lancaster Chamber's COVID-19 Resources

Thank you to the Lancaster Chamber for compiling and updating a list of resources for local organizations and businesses to use!

LNP Coronavirus Info Hub

LNP has generously made all of their COVID-19 related content and stories free for all users. Stay up to date and informed on the situation across Lancaster County:

National Resources

Check out a national toolkit from the Council on Foundations for organizations, businesses and individuals to get need-to-know information:

3) Appreciating mental health is just as important as physical health

The practice of social distancing is, by its nature, a bit isolating. It’s important to keep in mind that mental health is just as important as physical health in these stressful situations. The Community Foundation team is committed to not only keeping in touch with each other, but also using some this time created by a suddenly lighter meeting schedule to continue to grow and develop as individuals and teammates.

We’re working on developing a list of books, articles, and videos for the team to check out, discuss, and learn from while we weather this unexpected disruption to our normal working time!

What we’re checking out currently:

Book: “The Infinite Game”Simon Sinek

Video: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art”Theaster Gates

Article:  “Connecting Individual and Societal Change”, Linda Bell Grdina, Nora Johnson & Aaron Pereira

An Extraordinary Community

We know we say it so often it can sound like a cliche: but Lancaster truly is an extraordinary community. It’s impossible to know what’s coming day to day, but we are committed to investing in you, your ideas, and your energy to help shape our shared future together. That means staying safe, but it also means staying inspired.  We’re looking forward to partnering with you to keep that work going, whether in person or via zoom!

Questions or concerns? We’re here!

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