Friends,

In the midst of uncertainty, it has been uplifting to hear affirmations of support from so many of you. I echo your care and concern in these challenging times and would like to take the opportunity to share where we are as an organization and how you can help.

Just as we have always done, we remain steadfast in the midst of trouble. As an essential service provider to the communities we have served for over 80 years, we know firsthand that our work must intensify not lessen during tragic moments.

Rest assured that like all others we are leveraging technology to balance the safety of our staff and the unceasing needs of our most vulnerable constituents. We are shifting training and counselling to a virtual model. Information gathering is being done seamlessly online. We remain just a phone call or email away.

We were all geared up and excited to execute our largest fundraising initiative of the year in April. The crises in our nation is unprecedented and has compelled us to a halting, though thoughtful, pause. Our collective safety and the need to position some of our focus on preparing for the protection, recovery and rebuild of our communities is necessary.

Though the severity of conditions over the next several weeks and even months are unknowable, we are actively engaged in discussion about varied pathways forward. The League remains committed to carrying out our core initiatives — our mission to uplift and empower others will not change.

While we are postponing our 48th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Gala, alternative plans are awaiting the moment when it is safe to gather. Until then we will continue as servant leaders always looking to ‘getting into good trouble’. That philosophy is now more important to us than ever. We will continue to step up in urgent situations to offer emergency services and counselling.

You make our work possible and without your continued support we could not be ready to answer the call when adversities threaten the wellbeing of our communities. We are grateful for your understanding and continued support of the Greater Washington Urban League.

We will keep you abreast of our plans and inform you of any changes that impact our work. For questions you can, email us at [email protected] or call our office at 202-265-8200. We will be posting updates to our website www.gwul.org, on an ongoing basis.

Be well,

George H. Lambert, Jr.

President and CEO
Greater Washington Urban League

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