Mar 23, 2020

Dear all:

Earlier last week, we announced that Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) will begin telecommute & work from home for all staff and cancel/reschedule all major in person gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, I wanted to share some of my thoughts about what we’re facing and how CLUSA is responding.

Right now, our role as a catalyst in civic engagement (train & connect) has not change but the implementation is rapidly shifting and we are striving to make the best decisions with two goals in mind: (1) Protect our grantees/community partners, employees and their families; (2) Do the best we can to serve all our grantees and community partners who are looking to us for support of civic leadership forum and internship grants to stay connected, as well as participate in our ongoing training/meeting webinars.

We are turning to our IT department and some current & potential community partners who provide distant learning platform for help. To get the technology that allows us to continue our Civic Leadership Forum/Internship training and shift our usual gathering from an office setting to our home. You are turning to us to continue the momentum of building the relationship between local government & local communities, civic leaders and a national AAPI coalition in civic engagement. In short, a pipeline for AAPI civic leaders who will run for public offices, in addition to cultivate civic engaged leaders in various industries.

With these needs in mind and given our commitment to keep our employees and grantees/community partners safe, we are conducting all our programs/training/meetings from home beginning this week until further notice. We are also working to enhance our grant making and training webinar services and strongly recommend you take advantage of this whenever possible.

We are in a difficult time and find ourselves in uncharted waters. My best wishes to you and your family as we navigate the days ahead together.

Serving together,

Anthony Ng

Executive Director

Civic Leadership USA