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The spread of COVID-19 in the US continues to intensify, as experts predicted. We are first and foremost concerned with the health and safety of our partners and the communities we serve. LISC Philadelphia is tuning into regular national meetings to consider new information and development updates in order to inform and/or adjust our policies accordingly.
The more we work together to be vigilant and aware, the better will we manage, and the quicker we all get through, the threat of this global pandemic. This is a new challenge, but I am confident we will get through this together.
As a precaution, we have been asked to reschedule all in-person convenings with external partners (approx. larger than 10 people) until May 2020. In some cases we may opt to conduct events virtually using online tools. Again, this is a reschedule/postponement and not a cancellation of planned events.
We also recognize that the work that our communities count on us to do should remain priority during these unprecedented times. If you have a LISC Philadelphia grant or loan that requires activities that are difficult to achieve during this time, please reach out to us directly so that we may modify your goals and timeline to reflect progress that can be made under current limitations.
As an intermediary organization, LISC is working alongside government, community, and philanthropic organizations to keep our community update-to-date with the latest information. We encourage you to follow the City of Philadelphia response here.
In the meantime, we urge you to remain calm, prepared and flexible. We are remain grateful to our community partners, first responders, healthcare workers, and those on the front lines of battling the spread of this pandemic.