As concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve and grow, we want to assure our community that United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, clients and partners while ensuring minimal disruption to our programs and services to the community.
We have enacted our COVID-19 Response Plan immediately, which includes measures around:
- Travel – Organizational travel to conferences and training sessions has been suspended through the end of April.
- Events and Meetings - To adhere to social distancing recommendations, reduce the risk of exposure and transmission, and to protect those who are at a higher risk for adverse health complications, we have decided to postpone events, large meetings/training sessions and suspend volunteer programs through the month of April.
- We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate our plans for May events by mid-April.
- We will convene meetings using teleconferencing technology as needed.
- Employee Health Guidelines – we have asked all employees to continue our infection control protocols already in place for the seasonal flu, including staying home when sick and exercising respiratory and hand hygiene. If employees’ personal travel puts them at risk for COVID-19, employees will be asked to self-quarantine for the currently recommended 14-day period upon return and to seek the appropriate medical advice before returning to United Way offices.
Should our community reach a pandemic level and/or a staff person test positive for COVID-19, this plan will be replaced by a Pandemic-Level Plan, which will include additional precautionary measures to be put into place for the continuation of United Way’s operations and the safety of our staff, clients and community partners.
United Way remains committed to serving our community and especially our neighbors living paycheck-to-paycheck who are vulnerable in times of uncertainty.
We are connecting with our community partners across Western CT to organize solutions to the anticipated needs and hardships presented by widespread protective measures against the spread of COVID-19 in our region.
United Way is maintaining a list of resources on our website at uwwesternct.org/covid19resources. If you have any questions related to spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to contact 2-1-1, visit 211ct.org or text “CTCOVID” at 89211.
While these are trying times on many fronts, I am consoled by the knowledge that the power and strength of community are our greatest resources to overcome this challenge.
Interim President, United Way of Western Connecticut