The pandemic has caused increased levels of uncertainty and anxiety across communities. Dakota County experienced a 3,000% increase in unemployment applications, with more than 37,000 people seeking help in just the last 30 days. Although COVID-19 presents an extraordinary crisis in recent history, families who struggle through hardships have always been here. It is precisely why 360 Communities exists. Indeed it was what birthed the organization in the early 1970s. We will trust in our 45 years of experience, the strength of the community, and the resiliency of people to overcome this challenge together.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for 360 Communities. But as we have done throughout our history, we are adapting and innovating to fulfill our mission. Below are just some of the steps we have taken in our program areas to ensure that we are meeting the need.
From the onset of this crisis, the community has delivered an outpouring of support, with an influx of donations and volunteerism. Community members have found creative ways to inspire their neighbors to give back with online fundraisers and food drives. Others have sewn face masks to keep clients, volunteers, and staff safe and healthy. Read stories.
The health and safety of people is more than a priority for us, it is our mission: 360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives. We have already acted to ensure that our clients, our volunteers, and our staff are as safe as possible. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have instituted measures that:
Eliminate and/or limit social contact
Maintain “clean areas” where volunteers and staff are working