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As part of COVID-19s ever-shifting impact on community needs, people are looking toward social service organizations for vital support. So how are Volunteer Managers navigating the uncertainty and responding to the persisting needs of their communities?
Here are actionable recommendations (plus additional resources) to help Volunteer Managers respond effectively and navigate their programming a year and a half into this pandemic:
Is your volunteer program prepared to respond to community needs? Have you evaluated how you will operate in the fluctuating local COVID-19 environment? Take a moment to think about what your program needs to create safety and consistency heading into a new season of the pandemic:
Questions to ask for a re-evaluation of your program’s current response
Are you current on your local masking mandates and social distancing guidelines?
The CDC has provided guidelines for masking and distancing in the current climate, but make certain to check in with your local government regarding mandates specific to your community.
Have your organization’s goals changed (i.e. fundraising, volunteer recruitment, crisis response, etc.)?
These questions are designed to help you determine whether your program and its volunteers are prepared to respond directly to the COVID-19 outbreak. You may decide to respond in one of the following ways:
Take a moment to evaluate if the current surge in COVID-19 infections affects your locality. If so, you will need to communicate new regulations and information to your volunteers. Ask yourself what information do your volunteers need to know? How will you communicate this information to your volunteers?
COVID-19 Update Email Outline for Volunteers:
As you’re providing essential services to your community, you may have to adjust your strategy in order to keep you, your coworkers, volunteers, and other community members safe. Here are some ways you can adapt your programs to adhere to virus protection protocol:
If your program continues with in-person shifts, ensure your volunteers feel safe with these three tips:
Remember, just like your service recipients, volunteers will look to your program for stability and positivity when events seem unpredictable. You can reassure your volunteers and maintain morale by keeping lines of communication open, acknowledging concerns, and practicing recommended health and safety measures.
Together, we can face the current challenges and continue to make a positive impact in our communities.
Author: Eli Samuels
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