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In response to recommendations and concerns by Tompkins County and NYS leadership, and out of deep care and concern for our many supporters and fellow community members, the board and leadership of Finger Lakes ReUse have determined that we will close our two ReUse Centers to the public effective immediately as of Wednesday, March 18th until further notice. All scheduled programming during that time is also suspended, including our ReSET job training program and Ithaca Fixers Collective repair group.
The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, customers and donors is a priority, and safety remains a top organizational value through everything we do. We will continue to monitor updates from the Tompkins County Health Department and the NYS Department of Health to keep our facilities and ourselves healthy when we do re-open. We understand that now is the time to act, along with other community institutions, to help mitigate the rapid spread of this virus.
Throughout the closure, Finger Lakes ReUse will continue to accept financial contributions at ithacareuse.org/donate. Gift cards are available to purchase through this form:
Public support is especially appreciated during this time and will help Finger Lakes ReUse to be prepared to handle what we anticipate to be an increased local need for materials once reopened.
Finger Lakes ReUse values its role as a community service, with 42 living wage employees, 14 job trainees and apprentices, and more than 50 regular monthly volunteers. It has become necessary to take the painful step to furlough the majority of our workforce and we hope this will be a short term solution while we determine the methods that will ensure the safety of our workers as well as the public. We expect to reopen in the coming weeks, in order to maintain access to essential goods, especially those who are most vulnerable.
We operate an online store at ebay.com/str/ithacareuse, and expect to begin expanding our online catalog. We are interested in what materials people are most in need of or interested in, so we invite the public to continue to use our Wish List at https://ithacareuse.org/wishlist/.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a social and economic justice issue, as well as a health crisis. We will be actively considering different ways of doing business, and we invite your thoughts here:
Now more than ever is a time for community resiliency. Modeling resiliency is about helping others as we help ourselves.
We look forward to continuing to do this work with you.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to prioritize their personal safety and health through the following recommendations from the CDC:
- Take social distancing seriously, even when apparently healthy:
- Avoid physical gatherings with others
- Maintain a 6′ distance from others
- Wash hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
And please, check on and be kind to your neighbors, support the nonprofit organizations that help people in need, and the local businesses that help our community thrive.