On Thursday, May 21, Community Shares Executive Director, Cynthia Ries participated in a virtual forum to talk about how Greater Cleveland nonprofits have had to pivot in order to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic – and how they will survive in the wake of budget cuts and an economic downturn that could reduce philanthropic support.
The panel was moderated by Rachel Dissell, former reporter of The Plain Dealer and two-time Community Shares Social Justice Communications awardee.
Other featured panelists included: Emily Campbell of The Center for Community Solutions, Melissa Graves of member group, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, and Sondra Miller of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Click here to view the previously recorded webinar
By now, most of you reading this message have been working from home and practicing social distancing to keep safe during this uncertain time. I wanted to let you know how Greater Cleveland Community Shares is responding as an organization.
First of all, I want to thank our supporters who continue to make unrestricted funding available to our 40 member organizations. Some of our members are very small one- person offices, and others have many employees or even multiple offices throughout the state. But they all know that they can rely on Shares to provide them essential operating support each quarter. As we prepare to distribute our first quarter 2020 distribution checks, I am deeply appreciative of the nearly 3,900 donors whose contributions these checks represent. Your donations are helping keep the doors open to serve those in need across Greater Cleveland. Thank you. You are already helping.
To protect the health and safety of our community, Community Shares is following the advice of public health experts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our Perkins Avenue office will be closed as of 5 p.m. Monday, March 16. The closure policy aligns with Governor DeWine's Stay at Home Order.
Staff will be working from home and can be reached best by email:
For those of you looking to take action amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the resources below:
Many of our members have already followed suit and are continuing to maintain their community services remotely. We encourage you to check in with them as situations change daily. However, some of our member nonprofits remain open and are still offering services to the public:
We suggest that you connect with Community Shares’ Facebook page and subscribe to our e-news to keep up to date on their activities, as well as current needs in the community.
Wishing you safety and good health,
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