Dear CHP Volunteers, Friends, and Family,
Like many of you, we have increased concerns about the spread of illness in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. While we ultimately have hope and faith that the virus will slow down and become controllable, we also know there are additional risks for vulnerable populations. In light of these concerns, we have developed policies to help us prevent the spread of viruses while continuing to offer care and compassion to our neighbors in need. Attached you can read about the policies we are enacting immediately in our food pantry and free clinics. We believe these are responsible ways to address the concerns while still offering services.
These policies encourage anyone with potential symptoms of the virus to remain in their vehicle and call us to deliver services to their vehicle instead of possibly spreading germs in our waiting areas, food pantry, and treatment areas of the clinic. Staff or volunteers who will assess clients in their vehicles or deliver food pantry goods will be provided with appropriate protective equipment such as gloves and masks. You will be asked to wash your hands before and after visiting with the client in the parking lot. We also ask that any volunteer who delivers services or items to clients in their vehicles is not part of a vulnerable population. Our staff is available to help as needed and your health is a priority to us. Additionally, we will be adding extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures to all of our facilities. Please be mindful of items like pens, clipboards, and appointment cards as these may be contaminated.
If due to underlying health conditions, your age, or any other reason you are uncomfortable volunteering during this time, we certainly understand and want to minimize your risk. Please let us know how we can serve and support you as you have always done for your neighbors in need.
The Staff of Community Helping Place
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