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A Message From Our President & CEO on COVID-19

Dear Friends of the Corps Community,

As is the case for people around the world, we at The Corps Network are concerned about the coronavirus pandemic; we are closely following the changing recommendations from health officials and the government.

This is a challenging time for many people and organizations, including Corps and the young people and communities they serve. Due to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders, most Corps have needed to suspend or reduce operations.

However, in collaboration with state and local officials, some Corps are providing essential services to those in need. This includes activities such as managing distribution centers for medical supplies, delivering food to seniors, collecting recycling, constructing tents to be used as temporary health care facilities, and providing home repairs so vulnerable populations can safely shelter in place. We are incredibly grateful for the important services these Corps provide and we are proud of the way these programs quickly adapted to new regulations in order to promote the safety of Corpsmembers and staff.

Through this evolving situation, The Corps Network team is working remotely. Our Government Relations Team is promoting the interests of Corps on Capitol Hill. We are also working closely with many of the federal agencies that partner with Corps—including the Corporation for National and Community Service and several public land and water agencies—to ensure Corps’ challenges are heard. In addition, The Corps Network created an ever-growing library of resources related to COVID-19 response and relief, as well as a new online platform for Corps staff to share information. We are also sending regular emails and hosting weekly virtual town halls to provide pertinent information to our member organizations.

In good times and in bad, we will continue to do everything we can to support the wellbeing of the Corps community. The coming weeks and months might seem scary and uncertain, but, if we work together and support one another, I feel confident there is a bright future ahead.

We wish you health and safety,

Mary Ellen Sprenkel