HOW WE'RE STAYING SAFE & HEALTHY
Like many other things in the time of COVID-19, running a program focused on community involvement and engagement is a challenge. We are committed to keeping volunteers, staff, and the communities we work in safe throughout the pandemic. Below are some of the measures we're taking and asking volunteers to take to meet this commitment:
To minimize time that
volunteers need to interact with staff at the check-in table, volunteers are required to register for cleanups online. They are also encouraged to review our safety guidelines and fill out the volunteer release form(s) ahead of time. These documents can be found on the coastal cleanups page.
MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
Monitor your health and the
health of others that you come in close contact with (in your household, at your workplace, school, etc.) in the time leading up to the cleanup. If you or anyone you have close contact with is feeling ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you skip the cleanup and stay home. We'll see you at the next one!
LIMITING VOLUNTEER ATTENDANCE
The number of volunteers allowed to participate in any given cleanup will be limited based on local restrictions and site capacity (ie. at larger cleanup sites, a larger number of volunteers can participate and be safely spread out across the site). We are requiring registration for every event to ensure these limits are followed.
In order to space out
volunteers as they arrive, we are implementing "rolling check-ins." Volunteers can arrive at the cleanup and check-in anytime within a designated window of time. By showing up within a check-in window, we can ensure volunteers remain spaced out while getting ready to tackle the trash!
WEAR A MASK
In addition to your weather-
appropriate cleanup gear, be sure to wear a mask! We have disposable PPE available at cleanups, but volunteers are encouraged to come prepared with their own reusable masks. All staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks throughout the cleanup.
Though we are lucky
to work outdoors, we still request that all staff and volunteers practice safe social-distancing practices. Besides members of your own household, please maintain distance between yourself and others at the cleanup.
CLEAN & SANITIZE
Following the cleanup, staff
will thoroughly sanitize any materials that are reused (trash pick-up sticks, reusable gloves, check-in tables, etc.). Volunteers should be sure to carefully and properly dispose of any disposable PPE and thoroughly wash their hands (hand sanitizer will be available for use).
CONTINUE MONITORING YOUR HEALTH
If you start feeling sick and/or
test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of participating in the cleanup, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will inform staff and volunteers who were also at the cleanup that they should isolate and monitor for symptoms (we will NOT share your name or any other identifying information).