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Presenters:  Erin Rodriguez, Managing Director, Abby Fung, Managing Director, Partnership & Practice Management, and Barbara Travers, Director of Operations.

Date:  April 22, 2020

Who is this for?  This webinar is designed for the leaders of nonprofit direct service providers. 

Across the country, the COVID-19 crisis is revealing that the direct service programs our sector has created are essential, the first line of defense for people who have long been the most vulnerable.  It is critically important that we support direct service programs to ensure people are fed, housed, healthy, and safe.  

Root Cause is here to help.  We are hosting a series of free webinars and virtual office hours for nonprofit service providers to share our capacity and experience as a thought partner, strategist, and problem-solver. 

In this webinar, Erin, Abby, and Barbara share guidance on leading your team through uncertainty.  Topics include setting expectations, sharing the right information at the right time, and making space for difficult conversations. 

Webinar Recording

Webinar Resources

Webinar Summary:  Leading Teams in Difficult Times
Source: Root Cause


On Managing Layoffs

How to Manage Coronavirus Layoffs with Compassion
Source:  Harvard Business Review


Communication Tools

Slack (Free for nonprofits!)


Understanding Federal Resources

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES act
Source:  U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Covid-19 and the American Workplace
Source:  U.S. Department of Labor

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
Source:  U.S. Department of Labor

Information on Unemployment and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Source:  Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance


Understanding Massachusetts-Specific Resources

WorkShare eligibility and benefits
Source:  Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Source:  Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations
Source:  Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Information on Unemployment and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Source:  Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

Covid-19 Support for Nonprofit Direct Service Providers

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