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Important Update: LISC Greater Kansas City response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

3.13.2020

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the US continues to intensify, the health and safety of our colleagues, community partners and residents across the region is our highest priority.  As such, LISC Greater Kansas City is urging our community to immediately adopt “social distancing” and heed the advice of health professionals, by limiting social interactions over the coming days and weeks ahead.

The more we work together to be vigilant and aware, the better we will manage the community spread, and the quicker we all get through the threat of this global pandemic. By reducing social interactions, health professionals believe we can “flatten the curve”, to prevent uncontrolled spread and avoid overtaxing our healthcare systems.  This is a new challenge, but I am confident we will get through this together.

As a precaution, our offices are immediately moving to a remote work environment. While we will be unable to meet in person until further notice, our team will remain accessible thru email and phone, and in some cases we may opt to conduct meetings virtually using online tools.

We are remaining in regular communication with health professionals, our partner organizations, and neighborhood leaders, as we recognize that many individuals will be negatively impacted, financially and emotionally, by the necessary actions being taken in response to this public health emergency.  We are working collaboratively with our social services agencies, area funders, and community leaders to mitigate the impact on our most vulnerable populations, with particular focus on equity and the disproportionate effect on low-and-moderate income families.

If you have a LISC Greater Kansas City grant or loan that requires activities that are difficult to achieve during this time, please reach out to your program officer directly so that we may modify your goals and timeline to reflect progress that can be made under current limitations.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to remain calm, be patient, prepare sensibly, show kindness, stay flexible, and exercise good judgment. This is a public health emergency and we are grateful for all the extra work you do during these extraordinary times.

In partnership,

Geoff and the LISC Greater Kansas City Team

 

Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund

Hall Family Foundation and Sunderland Foundation partner on $5M Challenge Grant; Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and LISC Greater Kansas City Unite to Respond to Pandemic Critical Needs

Learn more here