TerraCorps’ COVID-19 Statement
The TerraCorps team is committed to delivering an excellent AmeriCorps program for both Members and Service Sites during the 2020-21 service year. During these unprecedented COVID-19 times we are proactively planning for and developing resources and systems to navigate the year ahead. The health and safety of our Members, Service Sites, and TerraCorps communities remains a top priority.
The program team is working hard to create a seamless transition into the beginning of service for our incoming cohort. We remain in close communication with Service Sites to help them prepare for their new TerraCorps Members, and to ensure standard COVID-19 safety measures and protocols are in place at each Service Site. We are also sharing information, tools, resources, and systems with Members to ensure a safe, impactful, and successful year.
Many people are asking how COVID-19 impacts the TerraCorps service model. Because our program focuses on land conservation and Members serve with land conservation, sustainable agriculture, food justice, or other land-based organizations, there is still the opportunity for Members to carry out their normal service projects through remote or safe, socially-distanced environments. Heading into the 20-21’ service year it may look like growing food, stewarding trails, or leading a Facebook live tour of a nature preserve. For others this may look like managing social media and leading digital outreach campaigns from their kitchen table. While office life has not returned to normal, TerraCorps Members continue to help increase capacity at their Service Sites and give back to their local communities in amazing ways.
The TerraCorps staff team is based in the greater Boston area, southern NH, and Providence, RI. Under normal circumstances most of our team works out of the Lowell, MA office. While COVID-19 remains ongoing, our team is working from home, and we have sustainable systems in place to allow us to do this as long as needed.
During this time of change and pivoting to develop new systems we ask for your patience. In the spaces in between there is time for grace and compassion. TerraCorps is a learning organization and we are excited to start the 20-21 service year with you!