Impacts to Foundation Programs and Services Resulting from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Update as of April 1, 2020:
As our state and nation continue to face the many challenges brought about by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Rapides Foundation is closely monitoring local, state and national directives. The Foundation is working to develop alternative ways to deliver some programs and services, however, some of the directives regarding group meetings and social distancing will have an impact.
The list below provides an update regarding Foundation programs and services. Contact information is included where appropriate, and questions can also be directed to the Foundation by calling 318-443-3394 or 1-800-994-3394. Foundation staff email addresses can be found in the Staff Directory listed on the Foundation’s website.
We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available to us through our website as well as on social media via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Update of Programs and Services provided by The Rapides Foundation, The Orchard Foundation, CMAP, and CDW:
• CMAP MEDICATION SERVICES: Medication services provided by CMAP are continuing and ongoing. Some Patient Assistance Program (PAP) services may be coordinated via telephone instead of face-to-face. If you are a CMAP client and have a question about your prescription, please call 318-484-2773 or toll-free 1-866-848-6225. If you would like to apply for CMAP services, call 1-888-443-7494 and leave a detailed message for CMAP staff. CMAP application forms can also be downloaded from the website at www.cmaprx.org.
• CANCER SCREENING PROJECT: Some cancer screening clinics offered through the mobile cancer screening unit are being postponed. Affected patients are being contacted directly. Contact the Cancer Screening Project at 318-767-3027.
• HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROGRAM: The Healthy Lifestyle Program nutrition and exercise counseling sessions are continuing and are being conducted via telephone instead of face-to-face. Contact the Healthy Lifestyle Program at 318-767-3019.
• SMOKING CESSATION: CMAP’s smoking cessation counseling program is continuing via telephone. Contact the Smoking Cessation Program at 318-767-3027.
• CDW SPRING TRAINING: Community Development Works (CDW) has postponed all on-site nonprofit trainings through April 30. All trainings on or after May1 will remain as tentatively scheduled. Webinar trainings will continue as scheduled. To register for any upcoming webinars or the remaining trainings, please visit www.communitydevelopmentworks.org. The CDW Learning Lab is temporarily closed to the public. Online resources can still be accessed through www.communitydevelopmentworks.org. Anyone seeking access to the Foundation Center online funding resource database can contact a CDW representative through our toll-free number at 1-800-803-8075.
• EDUCATION TRAINING: The Orchard Foundation trainings for school districts, child care facilities and Head Start agencies are postponed. Contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-6561 if you have questions.
• ACT WORKKEYS: Some ACT WorkKeys assessment centers may be closed. If you would like to take the WorkKeys assessments, please call your testing center of choice first for their schedule of operation. Visit www.cenlaworkready.org for more information.
• READ TO SOAR: The Orchard Foundation's Read to Soar workshops are postponed. Contact the Read to Soar Program at 318-767-3018 or visit www.theorchardfoundation.org/readtosoar.
• CLIP 2020 APPLICATIONS: The application deadline for the CLIP 2020 cohort has been extended to April 30. Contact CLIP Field Coordinator Jennifer Cowley at 318-767-3017 for more information or visit www.theorchardfoundation.org/clip.
• GRANT CYCLE APPLICATION DEADLINES: The deadlines for submitting proposals for the Healthy Behaviors Program Grant and Substance and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program Grant have not changed. Please refer to the "Grants" tab on The Rapides Foundation's website for specific due dates. If COVID-19 will impact your ability to meet the deadline, please contact the Foundation as soon as possible.
• SCHOOL DISTRICT GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES: The deadline for submitting proposals for the Healthy Behaviors School District Partnership Grant, Youth Volunteer School District Grant and the District Grants for Effective Schools has been extended to Friday, May 1. If COVID-19 will impact your ability to meet the deadline, please contact the Foundation as soon as possible.
• CURRENT GRANTEES: Current grantees should contact their Program Officer or Grant Monitor to discuss the impact on work plan completion and deliverables.
As we work together over the next weeks and months, we encourage everyone to do their part by following all guidance from local, state and national health agencies, which includes: practicing social distancing, frequently washing your hands with soap and water, monitoring your health, and staying home and seeking care if you do not feel well.
There are many resources for information about the coronavirus, including this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions from the Louisiana Department of Health and the links below to other resource centers:
• CDC Coronavirus Resource Center
• World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Resources
• Louisiana Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
• Rapides Regional Medical Center Coronavirus Resource Hub