As with many of you, our staff has been watching as the world faces a new health scare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been very forthcoming as to what we can expect here in the United States. Governor Wolf as well as Allegheny County officials have been encouraging us to be mindful of the amount of care and vigilance that is required to lessen the impact of this virus. So, with this in mind, the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation is proactively closing its Whitehall Tower office and allowing our staff to work remotely from home.
While we expect to maintain as much of a normal workday as possible through this crisis, we have suspended all site visits indefinitely and are only conducting meetings by phone.
Because we have been accepting grant applications since January 2020, we are adhering to the April 1, 2020 deadline. Phone meeting requests, questions and/or grant submissions can be sent via e-mail to email@example.com. Please do not send any grant submissions with a signature requirement via FedEx, UPS and/or USPS as no one will be availabel to sign for the package. Again, we encourage those submitting grant applications to send those submissions via e-mail.
Please take all the necessary actions to ensure not only your health and safety but for all those around you especially the elderly, women who are pregnant, babies and those with high risk to exposure (e.g. cancer patients, those with autoimmune diseases, those with heart conditions). Please follow the advice of our state and local officials. Use "social distancing" by avoiding shaking hands, not standing in close proximity to individuals, not participating or hold gatherings in large groups and minimize your exposure by temporarily avoiding social gathers. And as explained by the CDC and other health experts good hygiene practices are a must. Carry hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands very well (sing "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice while using hot water and soap) when you get home.
On behalf of the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, stay safe and healthy,