COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES
COVID-19 continues disrupt the world as we know it with changes to our lives occurring daily. As we react to the disruption and the uncertainty created by the virus, we have taken proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff and our members. As the confirmed cases grow in our community and our state, we know this situation will have long term impact for everyone, and we acknowledge the serious impact on our economy, our healthcare providers, our members and non-profit partners and those who are most the economically vulnerable in our community.
The GMC will continue to provide our member services and programming though we will adjust the delivery of the services during this time to protect our members, staff and program participants.
At this time, we will continue conducting the monthly membership meetings via Zoom. We also plan to host regular webinars as pandemic information is continuing to change.
GMC team members are working remotely and are available by email and phone. Any messages left on the direct lines is automatically forwarded by email to the team member. We will manage all of our regular meetings by video or telephonically. We are suspending all domestic and international business travel. In-person meetings will be delayed until April 30th or when we decide that risk factor is minimal.
he Commons programming is moving to an online model for the remainder of the Spring semester. The Commons is hosting a virtual internship program for students whose internships have been impacted by COVID-19.
Scale Up Milwaukee has decided to postpone the 2020 Growth Accelerator cohort, and is planning to host two cohorts in 2021. In the meantime, the Scale Up team is hosting regular virtual office hours and virtual membership meetings.
Staying Current with Up to Date Information
We are in regular communication with state and local officials, as well as health care experts, on the changing climate of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will share this information with membership as it becomes available.
How to Support Our Community
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created a fund to respond to the COVID-19 situation. The MKE Responds Fund will provide resources to organizations working in the Greater Milwaukee area with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic. The fund is designed to be flexible and will provide grants for immediate needs including but not limited to organizations addressing basic needs, medical access, those serving aging populations and students as well as those who continue to be affected over a longer period of time.
As always, we greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our members and partners to create a stronger Milwaukee. Together, we will weather this global upheaval and continue to build an equitable community and a brighter future for all.