Working remotely and sharing COVID resources
On Friday our world changed rapidly. For me, schools closed, COLT shifted to remote working, and the world felt a lot less certain. Then it snowed. Mother Nature arrived in a soft blanket of white fluff, giving my family a chance to head outside and play. We grabbed our sleds and hit the neighborhood slopes.
This is a time to take care of ourselves and support our friends, neighbors and the larger community—and take all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. We are following recommended health protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As of Monday, March 16, we have decided to close our Portland office for two weeks—with our business is still up and running. All staff will still be working remotely and you can always reach us via email or cell phones. Also, I’ve personally appreciated the resources shared by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and others, see below.
I also encourage folks to stay connected to and support our members, nonprofits, local businesses, public health workers, the arts, those without access to clean water and soap and more—the people and sectors that might be more impacted than others in a public health crisis. I extend a sincere thank you from our entire team to all of the people working tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe—health professionals, emergency personnel, grocery staffers, postal workers and so many more.
With our community, I feel we’re more like family than a business, which I’m particularly grateful for at times like this. We hope you all are safe and healthy! Let us know if there’s anything we can do to support you through these times.
Resources and news for COVID-19:
- The Story Behind ‘flatten the curve’ the defining chart of the coronavirus (Fast Company)
- Coronavirus has caused a bicycling boom in New York City (Grist)
- With the aquarium closed to humans, penguins take opportunity to explore and visit other animals (CNN)
- Look to Nature (Columbia Land Trust blog)
- China’s Efforts To Control Coronavirus Lead To Less Air Pollution (NPR’s Morning Edition)
- The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights The Importance Of Scientific Expertise (Forbes)
- Opinion: We have the power to slow COVID-19 in Oregon (Oregonian)
- COVID-19 Resources for nonprofit businesses (Nonprofit Association of Oregon)
- Oregon Health Authority (COVID-19 news, facts, and updates for Oregon)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19 resources)
- Anti-stigma Resources for Washington and Oregon