March 16, 2020
At Community Foundation of Henderson County, we believe in the power of community: to create hope, to bring people together, and to enrich lives. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) now declared a global pandemic, we cannot help but think of all those we know and care about around our community, including you, whom we have had the privilege to serve. So, we wanted to contact you personally to share more about what we are doing.
Staying Informed and Healthy
First and foremost, we care about everyone’s safety and are closely monitoring the situation and guidance from government officials, as well as our community partners, to ensure we are giving you the most up-to-date information possible. Because the situation and policies vary by location, we encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the recommendations of your local health authorities.
- Henderson County Department of Public Health
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Repeating the World Health Organization’s advice for protecting yourself and others: Wash your hands frequently with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizers; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough; and maintain distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Of course, if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing yourself, seek medical attention.
Serving our Stakeholders
At the Foundation, we are focusing on how we can best prepare and support the nonprofits in our community, our donors, and community members. As more cases are confirmed, the spread of the virus will potentially impact the people in our region, but they will also impact the nonprofits that serve those people as needs increase.
- Nonprofit Resources - We have been in contact with our local nonprofit partners about the potential needs for an increase in services and volunteers and what the philanthropic response will be. Please be assured that we are in discussions and exploring options for what this could look like and will share more information as it becomes available.
- Our Office - The Foundation is remaining open and operating on normal business hours (M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm) at this time. If we change office hours, we will let our stakeholders know and will make every effort to continue services even if virtually.
- Upcoming Foundation Meetings - In the interest of all our stakeholders, all upcoming meetings and scholarship interviews will also be mobilized with remote access options. Committee members and scholarship interviewees will have the option to call or video chat into their meetings. We will continue to have meetings in our office and kindly request that anyone attending be free of a cough, fever, and other symptoms, confirm that they have not been around others who have displayed those symptoms, have not been possibly exposed to potential virus, and have not recently traveled to an affected area. We are following all precautions of distancing and sanitizing in our office.
All attendees and scholarship interviewees will be contacted separately with instructions on how to virtually attend meetings. If you already know you’re unable to attend an upcoming meeting, please go ahead and let your CFHC staff liaison know.
We hope that everyone in our community remains safe and healthy as we work together to address this public health challenge. Please reach out if you have any questions or information you wish to share with us. The CFHC team remains available to support you during this uncertain time and our contact information can be found below. Please reach out to us if you need assistance.
Community Foundation of Henderson County
401 N. Main St., Ste. 300 | Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 697-6224 | (828) 696-4026 FAX
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