KNOW THE BASICS—We have compiled the following best practices for volunteers page from various reputable sources cited below. This is to educate staff and volunteers about how to meet the needs of the community while preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

DO NOT volunteer in person if:

You are in a high-risk group for COVID-19.

People who are age 60 or over, or who have chronic underlying conditions should not volunteer.

You are already feeling sick or unwell.

If you have ANY symptoms—sniffles, cough, fever, chest tightness, or just a feeling of being unwell, stay at home.

You were recently around someone who's sick.

If you've had recent contact someone who is ill, whether confirmed for COVID-19 or not, don't offer to volunteer.

BASIC HYGIENE for volunteers:

Wash hands often for 20 or more seconds.

Wash hands (20+ seconds) or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol before handling food or supplies.

Keep your paws off your face!

Touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with contaminated hands can cause you to get COVID-19.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.

Coughing into your hands can spread infection. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately.

Clean and disinfect surfaces often.

Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cabinet handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Use protective gloves when cleaning.

Volunteers who are disinfecting surfaces should wear protective gloves when using disinfecting chemicals.

Practice social distancing of six feet or more.

Social distancing of six feet or more can significantly reduce the spread of the virus from person to person.

basic PROTOCOLS for hub sites:

Touch items as few times as possible.

Organize food items or supplies in a way where they will be touched as little as possible to avoid contamination.

Make signage to guide people.

Provide signage with directions and instructions to maintain social distance and avoid contamination.

Protect those who pick up food or supplies.

For those receiving food or supplies, provide proper safety instructions to prevent spread of COVID-19.