5/22/2020

Coronavirus update

Last updated: 5/22/20 @ 4:00 p.m.

We at BBBSNH are continuing to monitor information from state health officials and following the CDC guidelines for travel and exposure. Our organization remains in full operation, but all staff are working remotely and all of our offices are closed to the public.

For our matches that meet in the community

Our BBBSNH leadership continues to monitor state and CDC guidelines regarding safe distancing practices and will continue to make recommendations as new information comes in.
At this time, we are not recommending community based matches resume in-person meetings. However, we understand that some matches are eager to resume in-person contact and are aware that some have already begun to do so since Governor Sununu instituted a phased lifting of social distancing restrictions in our state. In light of this, we feel it prudent to share BBBSNH’s suggested guidelines for matches that do choose to have in-person contact. Download the PDF document here.
We want to be clear that the decision for a match to meet in person needs to be mutually reached between the parent/guardian and the Big. If either member of the match party is uncomfortable with in-person meetings, the match should continue with virtual-only meetings.
Please feel free to contact your Match Support Specialist at any time with questions; you never have to wait for us to call you, reach out and let us know what you are thinking. We want everyone to feel safe and connected.

We understand you may be concerned about an extended absence from you Little, but we invite you to please seek alternative ways to stay in touch. We are also working on some ways to virtually connect Bigs during this time, and will be sharing more updates on that with you directly.

Some ideas to keep you in touch:

Become pen pals. Who doesn’t love snail mail? Send each other postcards or letters while you’re not able to get together. Some matches are sending pictures, drawings and games such as tic-tac-toe or hangman back and forth in letters.

Use technology to keep in touch. Schedule a Facetime, Skype or good, old phone call once a week to talk, or send email updates about what you’ve been up to. Do you both have Netflix? Schedule a watch party!

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Match Support Specialist.

For our matches that meet at sites (schools, after school programs or workplaces)

At this time, Site Based Matches should continue with virtual only communication, as our sites will not be resuming in-person meetings for the remainder of the school year or summer. If you have been staying in touch with your Little through letters, phone calls or Zoom meetings, we encourage you to continue those efforts to stay connected. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the governor and CDC about resuming site based programming in the fall.

If you'd like to send letters to your Big/Little during this time, please put your name and your Big/Little's name on the letter and mail to BBBSNH c/o Jennifer Geary, 3 Portsmouth Ave. #2, Stratham, NH 03885. Correspondence will be forwarded as soon as possible. 

Remember, mentoring is about connecting however you’re able to do it, so while consistent meetings are a critical part of our program we encourage matches to find creative ways to stay in touch when that’s not possible.

If you have any questions, please contact your Match Support Specialist.

Resources and information from the CDC

CDC Coronavirus Hub

CDC- What to do if you're sick

CDC- COVID-19 fact sheet

CDC- Stop the spread of germs



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