Sacramento County Public Health Order and Volunteering

Dear Volunteers –

These are unprecedented times and even though communities are being asked to shelter in place at home, there are still many needs to be met to serve those who are food insecure, elderly, disabled and/or going through very hard times. Some of these needs can be met by agencies and the volunteers who serve them.

Please know, that if you are supporting any of the COVID-19 volunteer response efforts you are a volunteer who is supporting an essential service (non-profit/business). This means that if you are well and not of a high-risk category, you may continue to perform and provide services to those who are in need.

Below is the Sacramento County Public Health Order as of 11am 3/19/20. You will also find FAQs about this order here.

Thank you for caring!

HandsOn Sacramento’s Response to COVID-19

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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:

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  • 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 (mguevarra@communitylinkcr.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.

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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:

World Health Organization’s rolling updates on coronavirus disease for COVID-19

CDC: Center for Disease Control

California Department of Public Health

Sac County Public Health

CDC Resources for Households

Live numbers of global infections

A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus

COVID-19 and CDC fact sheets

 

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MLK Day of Service 2020: 9 Sites, 450 volunteers, 1 day

On Monday, January 20, 2020, HandsOn Sacramento, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader. Staying true to the adage of the day as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.
We started the decade with the biggest MLK Day of Service in our 22-year history as an organization. With our continuing partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the support of our sister organization, HandsOn Bay Area, we mobilized 450 volunteers in 9 locations around Sacramento, Roseville and South Sacramento, all in the spirit of volunteering and giving back to the community.
Our efforts are well received by our Partner Agencies and Schools. The clients served by Seniors First Maidu and Manzanita campuses enjoyed interacting with our volunteers by playing bingo and sharing lunch and stories. They also beautified the campuses by cleaning, gardening and decorating.
62 rooms were painted at Volunteers of America in Mather. Volunteers painted 120 walls. 5 gallons of paint, countless paint rollers and brushes and lots of fun were splashed on to these activities.
We will never get tired of serving our partners from The Gathering Inn. Our second year on their Mid-Placer and Roseville sites was a success due to the extra TLC (tender loving care) provided by the volunteers. Some of their projects include painting murals, cleaning, disinfecting, weeding and gardening plants, assembling furniture and organizing materials.
Our second year at Saint John’s Program for Real Change also did not disappoint. The volunteers not only create a better atmosphere for the women and children of Saint John’s, they also provided entertainment for the kids.
Last but not the least, our South Sacramento sites are a big success.  Special thanks to the school administrators and City Year members from Father Keith B. Kenny School and Fern Bacon Middle School. In our third MLK Day of Service with Fern Bacon, we help revive their teacher’s lounge, painted garden boxes and garden sheds, painted a pavement mural and general cleaning and gardening around the campus.
Our first year serving at Father Keith B. Kenny School was amazing. We feel the spirit of MLK not only through our projects but also because the school is in the epicenter of MLK Day events.  Volunteers painted a mural, revitalize the playground, assembled buddy benches for the students, and beautified the school front by repainting the fire lane and gardening by the flagpole area.
This day is truly a “day on” for our volunteers and participants.  As the biggest day of volunteering nationwide, MLK Day of Service provides an avenue for everyone to serve.  We congratulate everyone who participated and thank them for a job well done!

End the Year Strong!

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We’re at the finish line for 2019, but our mission to create social change through volunteerism continues here at HandsOn Sacramento.
We would like to thank all of you who made a difference by volunteering this year and also a shout-out to the volunteers who made last Saturday’s Family Volunteer Day possible. More than 50 volunteers made a difference in the Oak Park community painting, gardening and decorating at the City of Refuge Sacramento family shelter.
Our Annual Holiday Giving List continues to be the “go to” resource for holiday volunteering and donation opportuntiies. This mini-site contains opportunities from different organizations in our community. Help fulfill a wish list through “adopt-a-family” programs or volunteer your time at a winter sanctuary. There are lots of ways to give back to the community this holiday season, and we want you to get the latest scoop.
This year, we are participating in Giving Tuesday! But don’t wait for December 3rd to come by. You can support HandsOn Sacramento’s mission all-year-round by  clicking here .
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer. Click the links below to learn more!

HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

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The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento brings you more ways to celebrate the holidays! Give out donations for Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals, donate your time by volunteering during different holiday events and spread the love and the gift of sharing to those in need. These holiday volunteer and donation opportunities are here to get you going!
HandsOn Sacramento is also looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.
If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

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Family Volunteer Day is a Success!

SACRAMENTO – HandsOn Sacramento celebrated Family Volunteer Day last Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, Family Volunteer Day is a great way for families to make a mark on the communities they support.

Over 50 volunteers participated in this event. This includes families, high school youth groups, individuals, and nonprofit partners. Our volunteers, from toddlers to seniors, made a difference at three of City of Refuge Sacramento’s locations in Oak Park. City of Refuge Sacramento is a nonprofit organization that supports people living in marginalized communities in Sacramento and empowers their ability to create a personal transformation that will lead to a healthy and thriving community.

Our Goodwill Family also participated in this event. We’re glad to see team members from the stores, including supporters from the corporate office, Next Move Family Services, and Francis House.

Volunteers helped create City of Refuge’s locations a safe haven and ready for the holidays.  They assembled bunk beds, painted bedrooms, the hallway, and the bathroom, decorated the house with Christmas decors and adding their own creations for a personal touch, created rocks of encouragement for the backyard, planted winter vegetables, cleaned windows, removed cobwebs, decluttered old toys and installed new locks on bedroom doors.

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We’re grateful for our volunteers for making Family Volunteer Day a success! We also thank City of Refuge Sacramento for partnering with us and for giving us the opportunity to make a mark in Oak Park’s community.

Give Thanks and Give Service

The Holidays are here! We at HandsOn Sacramento are happy to present a new set of volunteer opportunities for you to enjoy and celebrate this season.
This month, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family such as Sierra 2 Center and The Laurel Foundation. Don’t forget to check out what volunteer opportunities they offer.
We are also inviting everyone to our 2nd Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 23rd. This is a great opportunity for families to spend time together and to make a difference in our community.
We are also bringing back the Annual Holiday Giving List, a mini-site that contains volunteer and donation opportunities from different organizations in our community. With the Thanksgiving and Holiday season around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to get into the spirit of giving?
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer. Click the links below to learn more!

Annual Holiday Giving Program

HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento brings you more ways to celebrate the holidays! Give out donations for Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals, donate your time by volunteering during different holiday events and spread the love and the gift of sharing to those in need. These holiday volunteer and donation opportunities are here to get you going!
HandsOn Sacramento is also looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.
If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

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Family Volunteer Day at City of Refuge

The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento
Saturday, November 23rd | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Minimum Age: 6 (with adult), 16 (without adult)
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 23 and spend time with your family! Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.
This project will benefit City of Refuge Sacramento, a nonprofit organization based in Oak Park. Its mission is to support people living in marginalized communities of Sacramento, and to empower their ability to create a personal transformation that will lead to a healthy, thriving community.
Powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, it’s a great way to be inspired by the power of helping others. It’s an amazing day to bring your family together to make your mark on the world. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Helping Those Affected by the Northern California Wildfires

On the night of Wednesday, October 23rd, the Kincade Fire broke out in Sonoma County, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and prompted Governer Newsom to declare a statewide emergency.
There are many ways to help during the fire season. One of the many things we highly recommend is to do your research before volunteering or donating. This will ensure that your actions will not hinder the normal relief operations in place. As much as possible, PLEASE DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.
Here are some useful links so you can determine which efforts will you want to do to help with the wildfire relief:

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Let the Opportunities Fall!

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Fall Season is here! We at HandsOn Sacramento are happy to present a new set of volunteer opportunities for you to enjoy and celebrate this season.
This m onth, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family such as Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Rebuilding Together Sacramento and Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation. Don’t forget to check out what volunteer opportunities they offer.
There are so many opportunities to choose from! We just added more Ongoing Opportunities this month. Also, check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Click the links below to learn more!

New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partners

Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates
Sacramento Area Bicycles Advocates seek to improve the quality of life in the Sacramento region by enabling more residents to make more and safer trips by bicycle. They are in need of volunteers who can help expand their reach by helping provide valet bike parking at public events, count bike-riders at key intersections, organize and assist with SABA events and rides and more.

Rebuilding Together Sacramento
Rebuilding Together Sacramento provides home repairs and accessibility modifications to preserve homes and help seniors, disabled individuals, and families live independently in comfort and safety.

Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation
I-CAN Foundation’s mission is to support, educate and empower those impacted by crime. They provide services, free of charge, to victims of crime in Sacramento, throughout the state of California and across the country that include information, advocacy, accompaniment to parole hearings and resources and referrals.

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HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

Once again, HandsOn Sacramento is looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.

If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

 

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