|PHOTO: Tacoma Pierce County Health Department recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds to help protect yourself from COVID-19 (image via Canva)
COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it are disrupting the normal operations of nonprofits and community service providers in Pierce County. From fundraising events to vital support for communities in need, these disruptions reveal where social systems are not supporting or addressing needs in a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable way.
These challenges show how fragile the social safety net is, and the limitations of current service providers to continue meeting needs during times of crisis.
GTCF is committed to supporting a thriving Pierce County during this time by providing connections for nonprofits and community service providers to share the disruptions to their regular work due to COVID-19, solutions they're developing, needs that are surfacing, misinformation that needs correction, and examples of inequities exacerbated by the disruptions.
GTCF will also be aligning with donors, fundholders, and other funders to resource responses which can mitigate disruptions to normal operations and foster sustained connections during this time of social distancing.
2. GTCF launched a COVID-19 blog where nonprofits and community service providers can stay connected about community service impacts related to COVID-19. Updates can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. During this time, GTCF encourages donors to increase support to their causes and organizations and contribute even if planned fundraising events are cancelled or postponed.
GTCF is donating the ticket price of any cancelled or postponed events GTCF already committed to attend and will double the donation GTCF intended to make at the event.
4. GTCF is available to support donors with information about directing contributions to areas of greatest need.
5. GTCF is connected to local and regional funders to align any resources and will post opportunities on its website and social media as soon as they are available.