The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento, a program of Community Link Capital Region and part of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada Family of Nonprofits, is closely monitoring the information provided on COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Public Health, Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, and Points of Light Foundation and its affiliates. The continuing health and safety of our community is our top priority.
Below are our response and continuity plan. We will provide updates as the situation on COVID-19 evolves. We will also do our best efforts in preventing the spread of disease by doing the following:
- We are deferring judgment for all volunteer needs and projects listed on our website to our Agency Partners and their ability to stay open and support the community and their volunteers
- We will continue to support projects led by our Agency Partners that rely on volunteers during this time. We are opening the conversation to our Agency Partners and highlighting their urgent needs in response to COVID-19 on our calendar and on our social media outlets
- Coordinate with Points of Light Global Network and Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada on additional resources, including planning and implementation of necessary actions for our staff and the community we support
- Postpone scheduled Project Birthday parties until further notice. However, scheduled Party Sponsors are still able to help with the scheduled parties through our Birthday in a Box Program. Party Sponsors, Party Leaders, and Agency Partners for this month have been notified.
- Reinforce a strict policy and implementation on preventive health measures in our offices to minimize the spread of any disease such as washing hands frequently, implement social distancing, staying at home if sick and mandatory quarantine in the event of possible COVID-19 exposure.
We recognize and value community-based volunteer response through mobilization and providing both organizations and the community they serve as long as they are advised and guided properly in helping to minimize the spread of any illness. Our Agency Partners continue to serve their community during this pandemic.
If you know an organization who wish to find volunteers in response to COVID-19, please contact Mika Guevarra, Program Coordinator, through email (firstname.lastname@example.org.) or by phone (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.
If you are interested in volunteering and taking part in the volunteer opportunities listed on our website, we ask that you observe the guidelines and precautions as recommended by our Partner Agencies. It is also important to remind you of the following guidelines:
- Please make sure that you are well enough to volunteer. Do not volunteer if you are sick or do not feel well.
- Do not volunteer if you have close contact with a sick person.
- Do not volunteer if you have traveled abroad or to any impacted area in the United States.
- Do not volunteer if you are at a higher risk for serious illness.
- Avoid shaking hands and other physical contacts with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.
- Please notify staff and leave the volunteer project immediately if you show any signs of illness.
Should you continue to volunteer and well enough to do so, we recommend to go to our website, www.handsonsacto.org and register as a volunteer. Our Partner Agencies have listed COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities in our calendar. These organizations are reliant on volunteers to deliver services and needs to the communities they serve. We will continue to highlight and promote these volunteer opportunities on our website and social media.
Other Ways to Help
Think and act locally! Being a good neighbor is another way to volunteer in your community. There are many ways to help informally such as checking on your neighbors, especially anyone who may live alone, anyone elderly or potentially vulnerable. Contact them safely (example, through a phone call, online messaging or drop a note into their door) to let them know that you are available and can assist with their basic needs. Have the initiative to get in touch and offer help as some people may be very anxious about making face-to-face contact, especially if they have an underlying medical condition and self-isolating or if they live alone.
Here are some practical ways to help your community:
- Do basic grocery shopping
- Take their trash out on scheduled trash day
- Offer to walk their pets if they have one.
Offering to connect to a neighbor or to someone who needs help and company is a phone call, an online message or a note away to prevent the feeling of isolation and loneliness. These little acts of kindness can go a long way and have long-lasting impact in a positive way. Reaching out can make a difference. It shows that someone cares for them.
Should the situation change, HandsOn Sacramento will respond accordingly and communicate any changes to our Partner Agencies and volunteers. We recommend that our partners and volunteers follow the health guidelines mandated by the California Department of Public Health such as:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve and then throw the tissue in your trash.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly.
- It is not currently recommended that people who are in good health should wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Only wear a facemask if you have a respiratory health problem to help prevent the spread of the illness.
Lastly, please see the resources below to stay informed: