A few of our fantastic board members took it upon themselves to reach out to every one of Impact 100’s nonprofit partners (any nonprofit awarded a grant in the last 3 years) to create as comprehensive a list as possible of responses our partners are taking in the wake of this crisis.
We will update this list as new information is presented to us. If you are a nonprofit partner and would like to update us on your response, please email email@example.com with your update.
2017 Nonprofit Partners
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse has adapted quickly to ensure uninterrupted services to the youth in our care as well as the safety of our clients and employees. We pivoted seamlessly to telehealth wherever possible, developed a variety of safety precautions and plans, and have provided additional “hazard pay” to our residential employees on the front lines of this crisis to help ensure shift coverage and employee retention.
2018 Nonprofit Partners
A LETTER FROM OUR CEO, DANIELLE AMRINE
There are at least 2,000 homeless citizens living in Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties. Aside from being the right thing to do, addressing the needs of our homeless citizens is a critical link in the chain to limit the scope and speed of the virus’s spread. Researchers say that if COVID-19 reaches the homeless, it would present a potentially fast-moving hazard – both to those living in encampments as well as those living in our shelters, outreach workers, nearby residents and health providers.
In response, Welcome House has implemented its infectious disease protocol. Our shelter is on lockdown, our Kings Crossing location is shut down and services are being provided out of our 205 Pike Street building in a limited capacity. 70% of our staff are working from home. We are utilizing hotel rooms for clients that have compromised immune systems and are at the highest risk. We are also trying to utilize hotel stays to get families who are on the streets off the streets. We have partnered with registered nurses from NKU to provide testing for shelter clients and staff and to treat anyone with symptoms to help lessen the strain on our healthcare system.
Externally, we are working closely with homeless-related organizations as well as county and city officials and health departments to implement a coordinated response. We have offered our Garden Center in Covington as an isolation or quarantine facility. Welcome House Street and Medical Outreach teams are still going out to camps and other areas to check on people and take temperatures; if they encounter someone with symptoms, the NKU RNs can test them. We are distributing critical supplies that include hand sanitizer, emergency blankets, and packs of food, and providing handouts and education.
In the weeks and months ahead, Welcome House and its partner organizations will require food and supplies of every kind. If you are interested in donating funds and/or supplies, please find more information below..
Thank you for your interest in and concern for our homeless citizens. We are truly all in this together.
Danielle Amrine, CEO
To read M Shannon’s Letter on Power Inspires Progress COVID-19 Response
April 4, 2020 Update:
we are kicking off our new Adventure in Place program! Our CREW teens, and anyone else who follows us on social media, will hear directly from our Program Managers, Clint Victor and Paige Young, as they video introduce our first Adventure in Place challenge. In keeping with our traditional weekend programming, you can expect to see a new nature challenge for our CREW every Saturday. And you can take part as well – in fact, I encourage you to participate and follow our CREW’s responses online!
March 2020 Update:
We’ve suspended all adventures, to include any foster teen engagement. We are not in a current financial crisis though we are planning for significant impact on our events which provide roughly a third of our annual revenue. We’ve already canceled our Outdoor Fashion Show and though we’ve not yet cancelled Paddlefest, all sales and sponsorships to the event have stopped. Our Ohio River Swim has the same stalled status. Even if we can host Paddlefest still on August 1, we are anticipating a sizeable impact on participation and dollars raised. I will be adjusting our 2020-2021 budget as best I can with this impact in mind and I will also be seeking gap grants for expected losses.
At this time, my core leadership team and I are working on a way to soft launch our CREW Cares Adventure Therapy pilot program that has evolved partly from our Foster Care program, learnings as funded by Impact 100. CREW Cares has been in the works for nearly a year and we were supposed to launch the tests this spring and summer. With the additional stress of Covid-19, the mental health of our youth has never been as critical as right now. My hope is to put together and distribute CREW Cares Packages for our CREW teens within the next few weeks. Their care package would include items to engage in the outdoors, a journal, birding guide, scavenger hunt for prizes, etc. and hopefully even some type of seeds which they can plant and nourish inside their homes to then plant outdoors during our first fall Adventure. Lots going on still…so much energy and concern for our young people, many of whom are not in the most safe or loving setting right now. If our CREW Cares Packages could bring any opportunity for joy and continued impact, it’s worth doing.
We are working on an emergency project called Community Kitchens using both the Firehouse Grill location (yes a generous angel working here) and the commissary at Belgium Waffle (starting Monday) to transform all the food we have rescued. We have an enormous amount of rescued food from distributors and restaurants who just can’t use it. We are also very sympathetic to our restaurant community and have been out “beating the funding pavement” to help us hire 5-7 chefs/professional restaurant staff on a temporary basis to “man” our kitchens and keep them employed. We also plan to hire a few people at Sleepy Bee and use their restaurant as a satellite location to our other two “hubs”.
I know that you all have already invested in our capital campaign and, believe me, we are most appreciative. I also know that you have a network of concerned and powerful women who might be interested in the Community Kitchen Project or may know someone else who might be interested in helping out, so I have attached our proposal that we are sharing with potential funding sources. NOT that we are asking for more money, but just to let you know how we’re dealing with this present health crisis.
As a partner and funder, I hope that you will share in the pride we have for our staff, our food donors and our restaurant partners who are moving quickly to address this growing problem of unemployment and feeding the most vulnerable in our community.
A brief update on how Wave Pool is responding:
- We’ve very quickly pivoted to make most of our programs available virtually. This includes digital submissions for the Tidelines monthly zine, video tours of exhibitions, live stream Cincinnati’s Table events, and zoom meeting artist support groups. COVIDEO: Wave Pool TVis a thing. Check it out and subscribe.
- Through the new market at The Welcome Project, we’ve started a free food and art delivery service for Camp Washington neighbors at risk and in need during this crisis. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re getting donated food from FreeStore FoodBank and have gotten more volunteers than we can handle. And artists are donating work to keep the morale and social connection strong among residents! However, to support staff time and other resources used for this program, we are accepting sponsorships for the boxes. Folks can pay $20 to sponsor a box. Please send this link to anyone who would like to sign up for a box or to support through the sponsorship of a box.
A little longer update/request on how this has impacted The Welcome Project:
Wave Pool has provided food access in Camp Washington for the past five years. First with our Camp Washington Art and Mobile Produce Cart to deliver food from the urban farm to our neighbors, and finally by opening up The Welcome Market, a refugee and immigrant run market and kitchen with our grant from Impact 100. The Welcome Market provides a stable option for fresh produce and shelf stable goods to our otherwise food desert community. The market finally came to fruition on February 29th, 2020, opening with much fanfare and community support. The Welcome Market opened at both the absolute worst time in terms of the project now needing to earn revenue from these programs to remain fiscally solvent as well as at the absolute most critical and needed time for our neighborhood as we struggle with food access, especially for those without transportation, the elderly and at risk, and those most in need.
However, COVID19 is keeping our staff at home, our cooking classes cancelled, pop-up dinners postponed, and people out of the market. We are already so lean that we are suffering the unfathomable loss of earned revenue from cancelled ticketed events on which our organization and this initiative in particular depends.
To keep up with escalating food needs in our neighborhood, we quickly expanded our market operations to provide a food and art delivery service to people in need and at high risk in Camp Washington. Residents enrolled in the program receive boxes of fruits, vegetables, and canned and dry goods delivered to their door. In addition to the food, each box includes one piece of art by a different local artist for positivity, connection, and solidarity in a time when we need to nurture our community and collective mental health more than ever. We launched this program quickly and efficiently out of need during this crisis; becoming registered partners of FreeStore Foodbank and Master Provisions, getting Servesafe Certified to accept these donations, and going door to door around the neighborhood with fliers for both online and call-in sign ups all within 24 hours.
Without our ticket revenue we need immediate support for staffing and supply needs of this program. We have a track record of creative social impact and work resourcefully, multiplying the impact of every dollar we raise.
We have invested so much time, energy, and funds into making the Welcome Market a destination for healthy, local, and low cost food available to our low-income neighborhood, and we need support to keep this mission-critical program in place at a time when many people need nourishment for the body and the spirit. We are taking sponsorships for future dinners, classes, and chef residency programs in order to keep The Welcome Market open during this critical time.
2019 Nonprofit Partners
Activities Beyond the Classroom volunteered to be the Site Champion for two Cincinnati Public Schools distribution sites: Cheviot Elementary School and Winton Hills Academy. As the Site Champion, we are working hard to coordinate volunteers as well as gather as many donations and supplies for the families in need as we can. For more info.
Thanks for checking in. We are adjusting to our new role, helping the school district deliver meals to families in our community. Here is a link to an article about our role.
In addition, Van DeVol had the foresight to see the needs were going to grow and NEST was uniquely positioned to connect families with resources in our community. Leaders of NEST have spearheaded a team to identify resources and collaborate with other non-profits in order to link people with resources. Here is a summary: Businesses, churches, agencies, and non-profits have come together to care for this community. Our goal is to connect critical needs of area residents with local resources that can fill those needs, especially the elderly and under-served, AND serving and helping our community to stay safe and healthy by making it feasible for those who are elderly, high-risk or sick to stay at home. People can call the Community Resource number: 513-781-6345 (this is actually the new phone for CNE, put to use early!) or check out the website which has links to resources for food, financial info and other needs.
The last week has been especially challenging here at St. Vincent de Paul.
On Thursday, March 19th, we closed all seven Thrift Stores out of concern for the safety and well-being of staff and neighbors. This resulted in a significant number of hardworking employees losing their jobs. While SVDP is able to temporarily support them through this transition, many of them will face very uncertain times in the weeks ahead. Please keep these individuals in your thoughts and prayers.
The Stores closing also means that there will be no Store profits, which help fund St. Vincent de Paul’s emergency assistance programs and no vouchers to provide free clothing, furniture, or beds to those in need.
Concurrently, our neighbors’ needs are even greater because of the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Already this week, St. Vincent de Paul has been able to provide food, prescription medication, and rental assistance to people who have recently lost jobs because of the pandemic.
The Charitable Pharmacy is open and continues to serve patients through a curbside pick up model. The Pharmacy is facilitating patient certifications and medication counseling over the phone. The Pharmacy has served many new patients in the last two weeks. Many of these patients have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19 and now face co-pays that are unaffordable or changes in access to their medications. The Pharmacy expects it will continue to see an increased need for its services in the weeks and months to come. While the Pharmacy normally has relied heavily on donated medication, it is having to purchase more medications these days. As medication donations have decreased and volunteers who typically process these donations have been asked to stay at home, the Pharmacy is in need of financial support to purchase life-saving medications that its patients require.
However, despite all this uncertainty, I am still filled with hope.
St. Vincent de Paul remains open in a modified way and is committed to helping neighbors in need meet their needs during and after the pandemic.
Throughout the past week, I have had dozens of people reach out with the same question: “How can I help?” Here are three ways you can help neighbors in need today:
- Make a donation to St. Vincent de Paul:Your contribution will directly fund continued work to provide food, medicine, and rental assistance to those impacted by the pandemic. With the closing of our Thrift Stores, unrestricted support is severely limited.
- Send items from our Amazon Wish List:St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry is in desperate need of certain items. You can buy items from this Wish List and send them directly to our Outreach Center.
- Spring Cleaning: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores are closed right now, but when they reopen, they will need your in-kind donations. Consider cleaning out your basements, garages and closets now and having the items ready to donate when the Stores reopen.
If you have questions about these opportunities or have other ideas of how to help, please contact Claire Luby, Director of Development, at 513-562-8859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your prayers, kind words, and generosity. You help ensure neighbors facing crisis and uncertainty at this difficult time can continue to find the assistance they need through St. Vincent de Paul.
as of April 3, 2020 3:58pm