Len Hering, executive director of I Love A Clean San Diego, issued the following statement earlier this week:
As many of you know, I Love A Clean San Diego has served as San Diego County’s go-to environmental nonprofit for more than 65 years. Our adult workshops, classroom education, corporate trainings and community cleanups touch nearly every corner of our beautiful region. We know the current public health environment is impacting your lives both personally and professionally, as it is for us here at I Love A Clean San Diego.
We want to assure the thousands of volunteers and our many public and private partners that we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the work we offer to residents throughout the region. As a retired Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, I am personally maintaining consistent contact with my colleagues at the federal, state and local levels so our organization stays in lockstep with the evolving changes necessary to contain and hopefully prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our region.
Under the recommendation of public health leadership and to address the financial impacts of contracted work that has been postponed during the coronavirus outbreak, I Love A Clean San Diego is taking the following action:
- We have postponed all events, workshops and educational activities through March, and will continue to reevaluate further postponement of activities extending into April or beyond
- As of Wednesday, March 18 the majority of our staff will be working from home, with limited staff onsite to maintain daily logistics
- All employees including leadership are reducing their hours to part-time beginning Monday, March 23 for possibly the next six weeks or longer to address our financial losses
- All meetings will be conducted virtually.
We will continue to update our event calendar at CleanSD.org and provide updates through our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter @iloveacleansd
As a non-profit 501(c)3, we will not be eligible for the government relief currently being considered. Consequently, I Love A Clean San Diego will realize a significant fiscal impact to our organization, but we are confident we are taking the appropriate measures to safeguard the long term stability of the organization and the programs we deliver to communities throughout San Diego County. With your support, we will return stronger than ever with the programs you have come to know and love.
In the spirit of volunteerism and service, which you have demonstrated over the years to make a lasting impact for the communities around San Diego County, the current environment is about all of us. We need to take care of ourselves so we can help those in need through this difficult time. We will get through this together.