As you can likely imagine, Piedmont Wildlife Center has been greatly affected by COVID-19. We have had to cancel all of our programming for the near future, including many at-school visits, field trips, and more with our Wildlife Ambassadors. In fact, April was slated to be our busiest month of the year for our animal programs.
If you happened to receive our organization's newsletters in October and November in 2019, you are aware that our organization had to dig ourselves out from a financial hole; we did a great job fundraising during that time, but are still feeling the effects of the situation today. Because we have now lost our spring revenue, and registrations for future programming are on hold until this pandemic ends, our organization is in a tight spot. We have had to make a very difficult decision; to prevent further financial strain to PWC, the majority of our staff will be placed on furlough, starting on April 13th. We are striving to have all of our staff back to working full-time as soon as possible.
Because many things have been turned upside down and there is a lot that remains to be done, these things are taking a long time to address. Like many people (likely yourself included), we have been experiencing grief and are trying to adjust to these changes. Some days we are optimistic, and some days we are pessimistic; regardless, we still have each other.
We were able to have several animal programs for schools and organizations at the beginning of March (before COVID-19 escalated), and we can safely say that there are many kids who miss these programs dearly.
Thank you for your love and support, if you are able to donate any amount to us, we would be extremely grateful. Every dollar counts, and we are here because of community support.
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