Frontlines Finds A Way to Thrive During COVID-19
Despite the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic that has taken place this year, Frontlines has managed to make the necessary adjustments and its operations have been smooth sailing.
Through the continuous support of our donors, staff and volunteers we are able to help the local community. Most of our programs have now moved online which includes: Homework Club, Food Handler Training, Youth Employment Prep, What’s on my Plate. Meanwhile our other programs are still running in-person which include the Afterschool Program, L.I.T. Leaders in Training, and Groceries and Meals.
Over the summer, we were able to run in-person Summer Camp and a BackPack Drive. Both of these initiatives were a hit! We had safety protocols in place where staff checked temperatures, everyone wore masks, sanitized hands and were social distancing at all times.
Although the pandemic has come with challenges each day we are finding different ways to pivot and overcome it. With the great leadership of our Executive Director, Stachen Frederick and the tenancity of staff, we have found unique ways to keep the organization running.
Here are our top three recommendations for how your not-for-profit organization cannot only just survive but thrive under things uncertain times.
- Plan ahead with you and your team. Have a contingency plan that considers all risk factors that can happen so you are better prepared. For example, if you are planning an event consider making the transition virtual.
- Find out new ways to reach people and help the local community. Create and strengthen partnerships with other organizations including businesses to share resources. You can partner with your food agencies or corporate partners to provide immediate assistance to the local community in need by running a food drive.
- Diversify your fundraising strategy including grant writing and holding a fundraiser online for donations. This helps to make new donors and existing donors aware of your organization’s needs and in turn drives more funds to support the work you all do.
What are some of the ways your organization has been holding up? Share your thoughts, we would like to keep the conversation going.