Unable to Restart our Volunteer-Driven Operations Before September 2020.
Across the world people, communities and organizations are adapting to the volatile situation of COVID-19. At this time, there is a lack of specific information needed for All Hands and Hearts to determine when we can return to assisting communities impacted by natural disasters, in both a safe and responsible manner. Given this, we have determined that it is unlikely we will be able to restart our volunteer-driven operations before September 2020.
The COVID-19 crisis has and will continue to have a significant, negative financial impact on our organization. We are currently forecasting a severe reduction in donations, which has required us to cut down on our operating expenses. After analyzing our organizational expenses, we made reductions in our software systems, license expenses, external vendors and other costs.
Unfortunately, these reductions are not enough to ensure the long-term financial viability of All Hands and Hearts. Due to this, we were forced to reduce staff expenses, and had to make the tremendously difficult decision to lay off 94 members of our team around the world. These unprecedented times have impacted our organization more than we ever anticipated, and laying off members of our extraordinary team, who have all dedicated their lives to helping others, has been truly heartbreaking.
While this pandemic has created an unpredictable situation, I want to make clear that whenever we are able to continue working as normal, once it is safe and appropriate to do so, All Hands and Hearts will fulfill its existing commitments to each of the communities in which we were working and preparing to work.