As COVID-19 response intensifies across our nation, HandsOn Central California wants to emphasize the importance of the global issue, but also offer a sense of unwavering optimism for the future. How we each respond at a time like this is a reflection of what we stand for.
We at HandsOn are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and volunteers, and continuing to serve the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. We are being challenged to take increased measures to maintain continuity of services and protect the health of our employees and volunteers with physical distancing and cancellation of non-essential gatherings.
In an abundance of caution, HOCC is:
Providing opportunity for tele-service for our AmeriCorps VISTA and VIP members;
Providing increased opportunity to access court referral community services remotely;
Accepting only a limited number of visitors to our office;
Postponing all planned events of more than 50 people, such as Hands Across the Valley, until end of April 2020;
Eliminating outreach, fairs, face to face meetings and other non-essential gatherings for the next 30 days;
Sharing best practice health tips with our team and our stakeholders, and being a thought partner as they sort through the current health crisis; and
Updating our website to connect those who wish to volunteer to organizations that are providing essential supports.
Should the situation change, we will respond accordingly and communicate any changes to partners and volunteers. We recommend that all of our volunteers and community partners follow the general health guidelines set forth by the CDC, including staying home and resting if you are feeling unwell. CDC recommendations regarding the coronavirus outbreak, including measures you can take to prepare for a possible outbreak and reduce the likelihood of transmission, can be found here.
United Way Fresno/Madera Counties needs assistance from volunteers to take 211 support calls. Volunteers will be trained and will work remotely. Training and confidentiality are vital to providing support in this position and it is expected that all volunteers read all material in the links below if they have questions.
This opportunity will not require you to leave the privacy of your home. With many people needing assistance and information during this crisis, this is a safe way to help without risking your health. You will need access to a computer, internet, and headset (wired or Bluetooth) or combination of microphone and speakers. Immediately after registration and verification, volunteers should attend the first available zoom meeting. These meetings will happen every weekday at 12:30 PST until April 1, 2020. This information will be at the end. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer.
To register for this opportunity register on here or contact United Way Fresno/Madera at UWFMvolunteer@gmail.com
Valley Dream Center needs volunteers to help with their food pantry distributions. These happen every 2nd Monday and 3rd Thursday of the month. They ask that volunteers wear closed toed shoes and be healthy. Protective gear will be provided. No volunteers over the age of 65.
For more information, email email@example.com.
With volunteer cancellations due to COVID-19, Central California Food Bank is actively seeking volunteers to help in our distribution center and out in the community. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to get food out to the community. We are an essential service and we are fully operational. We are working around the clock to strategize new and modified food distribution methods that adhere to social distancing best practices and ensure public safety.
Our volunteer needs are evolving as we adapt and respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents and determine how to best serve our community.
Sign up today to volunteer. For more information contact Jobelle Duka at firstname.lastname@example.org (559) 237-3663 x 1106.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a dangerous situation for older adults who are more vulnerable to this virus. The senior nutrition programs have been closed to protect the health of the elderly. The Kings County Commission on Aging is struggling to continue to provide food services to low income seniors by delivering meals to them. If you can volunteer to help deliver food to seniors in Kings County please contact Bobbie Wartson at 559-852-2828.
Once our donations have been sorted and packed in our Clovis office they are taken to our 2962 South Cedar location and staged for shipment. Thursday work days involve the acquisition of donations, inventory organization and preparation of our current shipments, and loading shipments. This is a great place for those interested in putting in a rewarding day of hard labor and having the opportunity of finalizing a shipment destined for someone in need.