The Corps Network is committed to the safety and well-being
of our staff, member organizations, Corpsmembers and partners.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are working to advocate
for our member Corps and provide timely information.
We wish you health and safety.

NOTE: The Corps Network staff are working remotely. We are well-equipped with the technology to ensure our team is as accessible and responsive off-site as we are in the office.
You can find email addresses for all our employees here.


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See How Corps are Responding:
Go to our photo/video diary for a timeline of various ways Corps continue to serve during this time of need.

Receive Updates:
We invite Corps staff to join our mailing list for COVID-19 related updates.

 

 


COVID-19 Response Resource Library

 

 


To The Corps Network’s Member Organizations:
In response to your requests, The Corps Network created a space to compile resources related to how Corps and our partners are responding to the global coronavirus outbreak. Sharing these resources is not an endorsement. For the most current and relevant information regarding COVID-19 concerns and response efforts, organizations should turn to their local public health departments and consult general recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

 


Corps Connect

The Corps Network created an online platform for Corps staff to interact and share resources, ideas, and opportunities with one another. We invite Corps staff to create accounts and join the platform. Your account will be approved by a member of The Corps Network team.

 

 


Virtual Town Halls

The Corps Network plans to host a series of virtual town hall discussions with Corps directors and other senior Corps staff to discuss strategies, share guidance, listen to concerns, and promote solidarity in the Corps community during this difficult time. To avoid reaching the maximum number of callers our conference line can accommodate, we ask that you try to limit the number of callers from any one Corps. All materials from these calls will be available in our COVID-19 Response Resource Library.

 

UPCOMING:
There is no Town Hall on Thursday, May 28. We plan to return on Thursday, June 4. Stay tuned for more details.

 

PAST:
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 Call #9 [Mental Health & Wellness, Part II]

Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 Call #8 [Mental Health & Wellness, Part I]

Thursday, May 7, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 Call #7 [Navigating Corpsmember Engagement]

Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 Call #6 [Equity and Communities of Color]

Thursday, April 23, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 Call #5 [Federal Partners]

Thursday, April 9, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #4 [Corps Panel Discussion]

Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #3 [Funding Opportunities]

Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #2 [Federal Partners]

Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #1

 

 


Announcements from The Corps Network

Apply for the COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund

Made possible by The JPB Foundation, The Corps Network COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund will provide immediate financial assistance to Service and Conservation Corps programs. The Fund will support Corps’ pressing needs to ensure the continued engagement and safety of their Corpsmembers. Designed to complement existing relief funds and maximize the financial impact for programs, The Corps Network will provide awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to assist with unbudgeted expenses related to Corpsmember engagement.

 

Accreditation

The Corps Network has postponed the 2020 Accreditation process to 2021. Please read here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Allen Dietz, Director of Technical Assistance and Accreditation, [email protected].

 

Messages from our President & CEO

 

 


Preparing Your Organization

Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (Department of Health and Human Services)
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA)
Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

 


Information Related to The Corps Network Health Plan

The Corps Network Health Plan provides health insurance to thousands of AmeriCorps members and other Corpsmembers ever year. The plan is managed by the broker Willis Towers Watson. The underwriter for this plan is Cigna. Relation Insurance Services handles eligibility, billing, mailing of ID cards, and premium collection.

March 16, 2020: Cigna released this information regarding their response to the novel coronavirus

Cigna eliminated patient out-of-pocket costs for doctor-recommended COVID-19 diagnostic testing. This week, they have further expanded their coverage for COVID-19 testing-associated costs. Effective immediately, Cigna will waive members’ out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing-related visits with in-network providers, whether at a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic, emergency room or via telehealth, through May 31, 2020.
 
For members with chronic health conditions worried about access to the medications they need, they can obtain 90-day supplies with free delivery directly to their home, and have access to Cigna pharmacists 24/7 through Cigna’s Express Scripts Pharmacy. This situation is overwhelming to process for many of us. Cigna has opened a 24-hour support hotline for its members. The number is (1-866-912-1687) to connect members directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. More information can be found on Cigna.com.

March 27, 2020: Willis Towers Watson provided this update

We have learned from some of you that COVID-19 has affected the way some members are able to serve within their programs. We have been working with Cigna on how the health plan can be kept in place in these unusual circumstances.  For members in active status working less than their normal allotment of hours, including furlough, Cigna will allow coverage to be maintained as long as the program continues paying 100% of the premium and applies it uniformly for all similarly situated members.  This optional provision of expanded eligibility will remain available through May 31, 2020. 

If you choose to cover members in this situation, please notify Andrea Denning at [email protected].  You will continue to maintain eligibility on Relation’s enrollment portal and premiums will be subject to the normal due dates.  If any changes occur in the status of your program and members, please notify her as well.

We continue to explore options for programs that have to exit their members because of COVID-19 and will reach out to you when we have more to share.

 


Additional Resources

Click the graphic below to be linked to the CDC website and the most current information.
image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)