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March 10, 2020

**Coronavirus Communication**

 

As we all make plans to manage our coronavirus risk, GYF’s utmost concern is for the health and safety of our staff, interns, youth corps members, their families, and the communities that we serve. We are taking steps to both maintain a healthy environment for our team and to be good community members who can help keep the virus from spreading. As government responses have been somewhat confusing, let’s ensure we are acting to reduce the risk for everyone.

 

*Listed below our COVID-19 policy section is a section dedicated to news and resources that are available online for low or no cost.*

 

GYF Staff Travel Suspended for Four Weeks (March 10–April 4):

We have implemented temporary travel restrictions for GYF staff in our corporate headquarters in Atlanta, GA. These temporary restrictions will affect some of the work we’re doing with our federal and local partners.

Here is the guidance we are sharing with our staff and interns who are working in offices and sites across the country:

To help our communities avoid further transmission of the COVID-19 virus, GYF is discouraging interstate travel for non-essential business purposes.

Essential travel includes travel where the work requires in-person participation or is a critical revenue-generating or external stakeholder engagement event.

According to the CDC, sustained community transmission is when “people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is ongoing.” If your travel origin or destination includes an area with sustained community transmission, travel should be avoided.

Please check local news, use common sense and ask the following questions when determining travel plans:

Is the meeting going to require you to be in an enclosed space with 10 or more people?

If yes, travel should be avoided. (In general, meetings of 10 or more people together in the same room should be avoided.)

Can the meeting take place via tele or video conferencing?

If yes, travel should be avoided.

Can the meeting be rescheduled to late April or later?

If yes, travel should be avoided.

Are you exhibiting symptoms of an illness (coughing, fever, trouble breathing)?

If yes, travel should be avoided, and you should stay home from work and contact a health care professional for assistance.

 

GYF Interns

GYF staff will be working closely with all federal partners on a case by case basis to determine whether project assignments will be suspended or terminated. In the event you are working at a site that has been temporarily closed or quarantined, notify your GYF Project Manager immediately whom will work with your supervisor to determine if a telework remedy is available.

If you have any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact our corporate office

Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET.

Please call (404) 254-4827 to speak directly with a representative, or send us an email contact@gyfoundation.org

COVID 19 Resource Guide

 Listed below will be a conglomerate of resources that we have put together for different sources of information, activities, and events that are taking place or have moved to being online with free access during this uneasy period.

 

First we have a PDF document compiled with information and decisions made by schools and different governing bodies in response to COVID 19. It also includes a list of places providing food to families in need, institutions providing financial support to businesses and individuals, CDC information, and a wealth of resources and entertainment being provided for free by different organizations.

 

Also of note are the following:

  • The METropolitan Opera is providing free daily streams of different performances it has shown over the years, with a new one being provided every day. The MET's website
  • CBS All-Access is providing a free two-month trial for viewers, allowing you to watch all of it's shows for an extended period for no-cost. Instructions on how to do that are located here.
  • Class Central has a list of free courses being offered online by many different Ivy League universities. List located here