With cases of COVID-19 on the rise across the state and the nation, Spark the Change Colorado hopes to be a resource for volunteer organizations and volunteers, alike. Check back to this page for resources and updates on how to keep yourself and volunteers healthy and safe.
Tips to stay healthy while volunteering:
- Wash hands regulary, disinfect surfaces regularly, avoid direct contact with others whenever possible, avoid touching your face, and practice good hygiene.
- If you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms, stay home! In times of distress, the work of a healthy volunteer is vital, but personal health and safety are always of primary importance.
- If you are experiencing a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath, consult with a doctor or medical professional immediately.
- Volunteers belonging to the most vulnerable populations should consider rescheduling commitments or consider virtual alternatives to their regular, in-person volunteer activities. Zoom and doxy.me are free, HIPAA compliant video chatting programs available to the public. If your services can be provided via email, phone, or a video program like one of these, consider switching to these methods while at risk of becoming infected. Vulnerable populations include:
- Individuals over the age of 55
- Individuals with underlying or pre-existing conditions
- Individuals with suppressed or compromised immune systems
- Individuals under the age of 10
- Individuals who have recently traveled internationally
- Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are looking to volunteer during this time of need, consider the following resources:
- Check our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar or Search Our Volunteer Opportunities to find opportunities in your area.
- Or check the Help Colorado Now website for up-to-date, direct service opportunities.
- Check in with family, friends, and neighbors who are a part of the vulnerable populations listed above. Volunteer opportunities are all around us! Times of distress are the most vital time to reach out to fellow community members and lend a helping hand.