Volunteering and COVID-19: Spark the Change Colorado's CEO, Kristy Judd, featured on Mile High Living, May 2020.

 

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.

 

For COVID-19 Facts and Safety Tips Click Here

 

If you are looking to volunteer during this time of need, consider the following resources:

For COVID-19 Resources Specific to the City of Golden:

City of Golden COVID-19 Resources

 

Tips for safely utilizing volunteers during COVID-19:

  • Three main things to consider: Insurance, Release of Liability, and Training/Preparedness.
  • Talk to your risk management staff; your insurance agent is a great place to start! This is important, as your liability may be at risk.
  • Require a release form that has COVID-19 specific language from all participating volunteers (see example below).
  • Consider your organization's capacity for screening practices: temperature checks, symptom reporting, etc. 
  • Indicate that in-person volunteer assignments during the pandemic could cause illness or death.
  • Implement pandemic-conscious training following the CDC guidelines.
  • Adjust opportunities to meet social distancing and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements. Also consider ways to stagger shifts/limit site occupancy to keep the amount of volunteers present at one time to a minimum.

Further, there are developing Safer at Home guidelines – including doing a health check when folks arrive coupled with tracing, so an Ambassador type of position to capture the name of the person, temperature and answers to health questions may be helpful.

Example of COVID-19 Volunteer Agreement Form

 

Looking for Mental Health Support during this time?

Due to the changes enacted regarding COVID-19, you or someone you know may be feeling stressed, anxious, or isolated. For more information on Spark the Change Colorado's mental health related services, check out our Mental Wellness Program page!

 

Donate Blood:

  • Why is giving blood during times of crisis so important? Learn more from this Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Studies Article: "Donating Blood in Times of Crisis: How to Help"

  • There is an urgent need for blood. If you would like to do something to give back, you are healthy and eligible, please make an appointment at a Vitalant donation center or blood drive near you: vitalant.org.

  • Additionally, Garth Englund has donation sites in Fort Collins, as well as Loveland. For more information call (970-495-8965).

  • The Children’s Hospital has requested people to have their call screened before making an appointment (720-777-5398).

  • St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center supplies 19 area hospitals on the Western Slope and can be reached at online at donor.stmarysbloodcenter.org or by phone (970-298-2555).

 

COVID-19 Blog Series: Check out Coronavirus related information in our new Spark Blog Series.

 

The following agencies are supporting COVID-19 response and recovery across the State of Colorado. Please consider supporting them directly.


Spark the Change Colorado
American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
Feeding Colorado
Colorado Pet Pantry

 

Other Helpful Resources:

Spark the Change Colorado - Kind Connection Program

Help Colorado Now The State of Colorado is Looking for Volunteers - New Website under construction! 

Colorado Nonprofit Association Facebook Group | LinkedIn Group

Hunger Free Colorado - Food Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

Denver Delivery Network - Shops for and delivers essential items to neighbors who may be impacted by COVID-19.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) - Resources for Workers & Employers

USDA Rural Development - Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

Association of Fundraising Professionals - COVID-19 Resource Guide

Amy Eisenstein - Capital Campaign Fundraising During Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

Independent Sector - Advocacy and Trainings for the Social Sector 

Building Movement Project - Sustaining Non-Profits in a Time of Crisis

Colorado Nonprofit Association Facebook Group | LinkedIn Group

 

Funding Opportunities 
Information courtesy of: Community Resource Center


Foundations and organizations across the state are coming together to provide emergency funding to support Colorado communities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below we have highlighted new and urgent opportunities. For a full list, please visit our website.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

C.A.R.E.S. Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law which includes emergency financial assistance to nonprofits! Starting April 3, nonprofits can apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help offset costs associated with COVID-19 response. Loans may be used towards payroll, health benefits during sick or family leave, salaries or commissions, interest on mortgage, rent, utilities and prior debt. Apply for up to $10 million depending on organizational monthly budget.



NextFifty Initiative 

COVID-19 Response Fund

A dedicated fund that will distribute up to $1,000,000 in grants to support organizations which have seen their operations greatly impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Response Fund is intended for one-time, immediate general operating support for Colorado nonprofits whose work primarily benefits older adults (those 50+) that does not exceed 17% of the organization’s operating budget for a maximum of $25,000.

 

Caring for Denver
Funding in Support of COVID-19

A new COVID-19 Support Fund to help community and frontline responders amid this crisis. An emergency childcare program for children of those providers in Denver supporting critically at-risk populations has been created.

 

Stimulus Bill Provides Support for Nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Within the $2 trillion stimulus bill expected to clear Congress on Friday, nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees will be eligible for Small Business Administration loans of up to $10 million and are also eligible for expedited loans of up to $1 million. Nonprofits that keep their employees on the payroll from February 15 to June 30 could have their loans forgiven, turning the loan into a grant. The bill also includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies. 

 

Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Eligibility & Funding Priorities | First Deadline 4/4

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, and is a collaborative effort from many of our state’s leading funders. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. The current Fund application deadlines are every two weeks.

 

Philanthropy Colorado COVID-19 Resources

Our partners at Philanthropy Colorado have compiled and regularly update information on COVID-19 resources. Visit their website to learn more about Colorado's philanthropic response to COVID-19.
 
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