United Way of the Mid-South’s top priority is the well-being of our community. Our commitment to improve the quality of life for Mid-Southerners by mobilizing and aligning community resources to address priority issues has not wavered during this time of uncertainty looming around COVID-19. Now more than ever, it is important for us to all exercise our collective leadership and remain calm, safe and take precautionary measures.
In light of the recent announcements last week and over the weekend about local schools and organizations closing, I am reaching out to assure you that our organization is still, and will continue to be, led by our values of service:
At present, our United Way of the Mid-South offices will remain open, until we receive further notice from the Shelby County Health Department. We are making every effort to adhere to the safety and well-being of all our employees and tenants. The staff will continue to be available to you, but with the prevailing advice to practice “social distancing”, we have decided to postpone some of our major upcoming events, including Driving The Dream’s 2Gen Learning Collaborative Meeting (March 18th), Women United’s Stone Soup service project (March 28th), and the Plane Pull (April 18th).
We all know that we can do far more together than any one of us can do alone. As I stated before, this is where we exercise our collective power to keep our community protected from this spread. Even though many of us have not seen any indication of illness at this time among our contacts, it is imperative we are practicing caution and continuing to follow health protocols recommended by the CDC, Tennessee Health Department, and Shelby County Health Department. We encourage everyone in the community to also follow these knowledgeable health resources.
It is vitally important to remain agile and nimble as COVID-19 continues to evolve. We want to support our partners as best we can, because we know you stand on the frontline of providing support to the most vulnerable in our community and those who will ultimately be disproportionately impacted by this virus. Much like the information provided below, as we receive updates and resources, we will share them to mitigate any questions or concerns that may arise: