As I write to you today, I am mindful that many of you are currently grappling with navigating life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As someone who has been part of the Health Connected community, I want to let you know how we are finding our way through these difficult times.
As you are probably aware, nonprofits across the United States and locally are being heavily affected by the current circumstances. For us, the rapidly-changing nature of COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order across the Bay Area has drastically changed the course of our work and has potential implications for our organizational sustainability. All of the schools we were scheduled to serve through mid-April have closed or moved to distance learning. We have also had to cancel several parent information sessions and workshops, our upcoming Changing the Dialogue forum, and may need to postpone or cancel multiple training sessions scheduled to take place in mid-April. Most disappointingly, we had to cancel our Annual Fundraising Luncheon which was scheduled for late April, an event that generates crucial revenue that allows us to provide vital services to young people.
But despite the current challenges, the need remains. While we believe strongly that sexual health education is best delivered in person, we needed to take action to continue serving students for the foreseeable future. In less than a week, we have managed to completely reimagine our content and began adapting all of our instructional content to distance learning. As of today, we are ready to start providing instruction online for any of our school partners that were planning to deliver sexual health or puberty instruction in the next several weeks. We have also begun to adapt some of our parent workshops and teacher trainings for distance learning. This is an incredible testament to the dedication of our amazing educators and program team.
Although we have moved quickly to address expected shortfalls as a result of COVID-19, I need to be frank in sharing that the enduring uncertainty has significant implications for Health Connected. As a small nonprofit, we operate on razor-thin margins as it is. We need your help to continue to thrive today and long after these unprecedented times.
With that in mind, in lieu of our Annual Fundraising Luncheon this year, we have started an online campaign to raise $75,000 by April 3rd. I am delighted and grateful to let you know that we have already raised $33,500 towards this goal, thanks to a generous group of donors that have kickstarted our campaign with a special leadership gift.
To get involved in our campaign here are a few things you can do now:
Share this blog post with your network and ask them to follow our campaign.
Share our social media posts with your network. Whether or not they are able to support our campaign, it is important to get the word out about continuing to support young people’s social-emotional development during this difficult time.
Last, but not least, if you are able to take action today, we would be grateful for your donation to help sustain Health Connected.
Thank you for being part of the Health Connected family. We are so grateful for your support.