Volunteering during COVID-19

Updated 5/26/2020

At Bridging The Gap, the well-being of our volunteers, staff, partners, and communities is our top priority, during the COVID-19 outbreak and always. Our team is closely following updates and recommendations from the CDC and local governmentAs the Greater Kansas City community begins to safely reopen, Bridging The Gap is ready to start welcoming you back out into the field while prioritizing the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and the wider community. We are excited to work with you again making meaningful impacts on our local environment with extra safety precautions in place. If you are ready to get involved, please review our updated volunteer guidelines below and then complete our volunteer interest form or email volunteer@bridgingthegap.org to learn about our current opportunities. 

Based on the latest guidelines and the understanding that working outdoors has a low risk for disease transmission, this is our current plan for volunteer engagement:

  • Volunteer groups will be limited to be able to maintain a safe distance. We will always follow the most current local guidelines for gatherings. 
  • Everyone should avoid close contact including handshakes, high-fives, and hugs with fellow workday participants and should maintain 6 foot distancing.
  • All volunteers and staff are encouraged to wear masks during volunteer workdays, especially during check in and introduction times. Please bring your own mask.
  • Our staff will continue increased sanitizing measures for all tools and supplies, including safety vests and gloves.
  • At this time, we are not providing water coolers or snacks, so please bring your own. 
  • BTG will provide hand sanitizer accessible to all staff and volunteers.
  • To help protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19 or any other illness, we ask any volunteer who is not feeling well to stay home and not attend a BTG project until any symptoms such as cough, runny nose, wheezing, elevated temperature or shortness of breath have completely subsided for at least 72 hours. 
  • We encourage populations most vulnerable to COVID-19 to consider staying home.

This is a very challenging and uncertain time for everyone, and we encourage all of our volunteers to follow guidelines of social distancing and health measures from the CDC for the health and well-being of our community. We know that these guidelines are changing rapidly and are prepared to adapt as needed.

On the positive side, we’re pleased to be able to offer our community opportunities to feel productive, stretch your muscles, and give back to your local community–all of which may help us manage mental health during this stressful time.

Thank you for all you do for Bridging The Gap. We feel so privileged to work with our region’s most caring, community-minded, and generous volunteers. Together we’ll keep each other’s spirits up and use this time to learn new ways to care for and support each other and our planet.