As Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a public health concern across much of Colorado which is now beginning to affect our region, we at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation want to communicate with you, our donors and partners, our concerns about the potential impacts on our community and our actions to support nonprofits and help protect vulnerable populations here in Routt and Moffatt Counties.
Within the office, we are maintaining a work presence and will continue to process incoming donations and outgoing grants and scholarships. That being said, to maximize social distancing and decrease potential community spread, alterations to our workflow may slow some processes and we proactively ask for your patience.
More broadly, we are concerned about short and long-term medical and economic impacts such as strain on our healthcare systems, demands on organizations that assist the elderly and other at-risk populations, loss of employment, increased need for rent and food assistance, and increased demands on social service agencies. We are coordinating with local partners to explore how we can assist them and we look forward to sending more information about these efforts early next week.
The long-term impacts of this pandemic will extend beyond immediate health needs, impacting nonprofits who are cancelling performances, fundraising events, trainings and more. YVCF will continue our work to support these organizations for their long-term viability.
As more is learned about this novel virus, we highly recommend keeping abreast of the latest information and recommendations from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and to take personal actions to decrease personal exposure and community transmission.
Please contact the Yampa Valley Community Foundation with any questions about how you might support our efforts or to discuss funding needs.
We appreciate your partnership in keeping our Yampa Valley healthy and resilient.