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COVID-19: How LCU has responded

EXTERNAL:

  • Hosted 20 min bi-weekly calls with the Lake County Health Department.
  • LCU worked with affiliates and CPA Co-op to engage hospitals and government to track need for masks and identify suppliers for bulk purchasing
  • LCU engaged the States Attorney and Attorney General to discuss price gouging for medical supplies
  • LCU reached out to several mental health providers and the health department around identifying a central location to divert those in mental health crisis away from emergency rooms.
  • Gun Violence Team continues to explore ways to purchase and distribute gun locks to keep people safe. Identifying local public and private revenue streams to help address need
  • Reached out to members with a Call to Action now completed.
  • LCU affiliate Metro IAF worked on behalf of essential COVID-19 workers to remedy life-threatening shortages of N95 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Document

INTERNAL: responding to needs of our member institutions

  • Helped congregations set up virtual care circles and/or expand into listening sessions to identify patterns among our many institutions. This is critical to effectively determining ongoing plan of action.
  • Two training sessions were conducted on HOW TO STABILIZE & STRENGTHEN CONGREGATIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL GIVING IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS.
  • LCU provided a fundraising template specifically to help member institutions raise money to address their local community needs.
  • Helped congregations save money with electrical bills by working to establish a Community Purchasing Alliance (more info on CPA here). This could expand to saving on maintenance costs.
  • Training was held on leading individual meetings virtually to continue to stay connected and look for leaders and potential leaders in our community.