Volunteering during COVID-19

Dear BTG volunteers,

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 government. 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:

  • BTG’s outdoor volunteer activities will continue, limiting groups to fewer than 10 people, including staff. Schedules are likely to change, so please stay tuned for the latest information as it becomes available.
  • Avoid close contact including handshakes, high-fives, etc. with fellow workday participants.
  • Our staff will increase sanitizing measures of all tools and supplies and ask our volunteers to wear gloves during the full workday.
  • 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.
  • We encourage populations most vulnerable to COVID-19 to consider staying home

If you have signed up to volunteer and find that you cannot, we appreciate you letting us know at volunteer@bridgingthegap.org.

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 enjoy some beautiful spring weather–all of which may help us manage mental health during this stressful time. There may also be some opportunities to record litter levels or tree sites without getting out of your car, so keep your eye out for updates.

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.

Warmly,

Kristin Riott
Executive Director
Bridging The Gap