Keeping Our Community Safe: NLC’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emily H. Benham, FAHP, CFRE | CEO, NLC News

Information last updated: March 13, 2020

NLC's Response to the Coronavirus

As news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the health and safety of our NLC staff, trainers, partners, nonprofit leaders and all the individuals and families our sector serves is our top priority. Because we share in the collective duty to strengthen and care for our Tampa Bay community, we want you to know how the Nonprofit Leadership Center is navigating this time of uncertainty.

NLC is closely adhering to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local and state public health authorities. We also have open lines of communication with the building management office where our training center is located at The Towers at Westshore. As of March 13, the NLC office and training room will remain open during regular business hours, and we currently plan to hold all events as scheduled. Of course, as we closely monitor the ongoing situation and communicate with health experts, we will remain flexible and responsive to do the right thing for our community and virus containment efforts. If there are any changes to our classroom or custom training schedules, we will provide updates immediately via email and our social media channels.

In the meantime, we want you to be aware of four things we’re doing to ensure the safety and care of all our participants, staff and stakeholders:

  1. We are disinfecting all workspaces daily according to CDC protocols, including offices, common areas, “hard and grab” surfaces and our training space.
  2. Hand-sanitizer and tissues are available at all classroom training tables. We ask that anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness or who may be at higher risk for the virus due to current health or age not attend class. Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@nlctb.org or 813-287-8779 if you are registered for a class and cannot be present due to the above circumstances, employer restrictions or personal preference. We will make sure you do not forfeit your class fees or the opportunity to participate in a future training. We also ask that everyone in good health who attends upcoming events follow all the recommendations provided by the CDC, including washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Because the nonprofits we serve have mounting demands to support constituents in need while facing event cancelations that affect fundraising and available resources, we are reaching out to local nonprofit CEOs to connect as a sector and share solutions to emerging challenges. We will keep you apprised of these conversations and the approaches or actions that emerge to benefit all organizations and constituents.
  4. Finally, we are hosting a two-part disaster preparedness series on April 1 and 8 to help nonprofit leaders better prepare for disasters and emergencies — from issues like what we’re facing with the Coronavirus to hurricanes, leadership crises and other challenging situations. The course addresses both personal and organizational preparedness. You can learn more about this opportunity here.

Leading in times of uncertainty is always a challenge. We stand ready to assist you and encourage you to be courageous in doing what is right for your families, your organizations and our community. We are always better together!


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