3/27/2020

Coronavirus update

Last updated: 3/27/20 @ 9:00 a.m.

We at BBBSNH are continuing to monitor information from state health officials and following the CDC guidelines for travel and exposure. Fortunately, we have no indication that any of our matches or team members have been exposed to the virus at this time.

On March 26, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a stay-at-home order for New Hampshire starting at midnight on March 28 and running through May 4. This requires nonessential businesses to close in an effort to further follow social distancing recommendations from public health officials.

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

We are requiring Community Based matches to suspend in person meetings until at least May 4. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC and state officials, and will share any updates or further information here and in emails as it becomes available.

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 for a couple weeks. 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)

As with our Community Based program, we are requiring all Site Based matches to suspend in person meet ups until the governor's order is lifted.  Meanwhile, the BBBSNH team will continue to evaluate when Site Based matches can resume meeting, and we will send updated recommendations as soon as those are available.

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.

For those planning to attend a BBBSNH event

We're hosting a Zoom Party with Live Music on April 3 at 7 p.m. to raise money to support youth mentoring. Musical acts include American Idol contestant Alex Preston, Jamal Cooley of Kingdom, Doug Mitchell, Chris Guzikowski of Good Will Harding and Stefanie Guzikowski of River Sister. Learn more here.

We are postponing the Big Dreams Dinner. Registrants will receive information as it is available by email, or see our event page for more at give.bbbsnh.org/big-dreams-2020.

Decisions will be made about other upcoming in-person events closer to the event dates.

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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