https://www.glwd.org/blog/responding-to-the-coronavirus-volunteer-protocol/

3.18.20 / Community

Responding to the Coronavirus: Volunteer Protocol

UPDATED ON JULY 1, 2020:

Dear Community,

At this time, we are looking for volunteers on every shift throughout the week. All of our shifts are listed online where you can view and SIGN UP to volunteer (here). If you are not feeling well or have any concerns about volunteering PLEASE DO NOT VOLUNTEER NOW.

Our volunteer needs are fluid and updated in real-time, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please check back later.

As more information is provided and guidelines are put into place by the state and local governments, we are making adjustments to our operations. If you are volunteering with us, you will notice the following changes.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may not volunteer until completing 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or 10 days of isolation after the positive test if you remain asymptomatic.
  • If you have had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time AND you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms you may not volunteer until completing 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms.
  • If you have had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time AND you are not experiencing symptoms, you may volunteer after completing 14 days of self-quarantine.
  • If you or a person living in your home have traveled to any of the states on the NY State quarantine list, you may volunteer after completing 14 days of self-quarantine.

Volunteer Protocol:

  • Before your shift we will call you to confirm:
    • Have you experienced any COVID-19 related symptoms symptoms in the last 2 weeks?
    • Have you or a family member traveled to any of the quarantined states in the last two weeks?
    • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is suspected to be positive with the novel coronavirus?
      • If you are not feeling well, or if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose or fever, and loss of taste or smell, you will not be able to volunteer or enter the building.
  • All volunteers  must sanitize your hands after being signed in for your shift and will be required to wash your hands before and after all volunteer shifts.
  • To help with social distancing, volunteers are asked to check in a maximum of 15 minutes before their scheduled shifts. If you arrive more than 30 minutes early, you may be asked to wait to enter the building.
  • During this time, we ask that volunteers remain in the building for a maximum of 15 minutes past the end of their shift.
  • We are practicing social distancing. Volunteers will be spread out while on projects, and we will be limiting the number of volunteers to the absolute minimum required to complete the work for every shift.
  • All volunteers MUST wear masks at all times. Volunteers will receive one mask per day when they arrive for their shift. If you have your own mask and want to wear it while working at God’s Love, you may do so assuming it is clean (either a new disposable mask, or a reusable mask that has been properly sterilized).
  • A staff member is ensuring all volunteers are practicing social distancing at all times.

Please know how grateful we are for your ongoing and caring commitment to our clients and mission. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Volunteer Department at volunteer@glwd.org.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

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