COVID-19 VOA Colorado Updates
Actions Taken by Volunteers of America Colorado:
- On Monday (3/23) Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced a new public health order that requires Denver residents to stay at home starting 5 p.m., Tuesday (3/24), and lasting through April 10 and longer if necessary. Residents will be allowed to leave their homes to shop for essential needs, such as groceries and medications, exercise and go to work if their job qualifies for an exemption, although they are encouraged to practice social distancing under all circumstances. Read the full public health order including all business exemptions here.
- VOA Colorado has been deemed an essential business and therefore is exempt from the Stay at Home Order. VOA programs and support services are exempt and are expected to operate as they have been, but while also practicing social distancing as a priority wherever possible.
- Social Distancing - VOA Colorado has canceled or postponed all large in-person gatherings and non-essential activities. We are a handshake free zone.
- Programs & Services - We are working to determine any necessary changes to our programs, while still maintaining critical services like Meals on Wheels, food bank access, food services at our dining sites and housing and shelter programs.
- Collaboration - We are working with community partners across the state of Colorado to determine how best to serve vulnerable populations, while not duplicating services. We are also working hard to ensure that we effectively support our clients, while not inadvertently putting vulnerable populations at-risk.
- Specific Changes to Procedures-
- Keeping eligible at-risk employees at a remote location.
- Cleaning and rotating staff where we can between working at home and coming to the office.
- VOA employees are disinfecting frequently touched surfaces every 3-4 hours within our offices, shelters and program sites.
- All official travel for VOAC is suspended until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
- All non-essential volunteer activities have been postponed.
How you can help:
1. Meals on Wheels: Volunteers of America will continue to deliver meals to homebound seniors to ensure they maintain access to nutritional food during this critical time. Volunteers are required to complete additional paperwork before delivering meals and pay a background check fee. Please contact Alicia Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-297-0408 to learn more and get started.
2. Mission Meals: The Volunteers of America Mission will continue to serve meals to the community. Volunteers can sign up to serve using the link below. Please note, the style in which we serve has changed to better protect our clients, staff, and volunteers. We are serving more meals outside and in a "grab-and-go" fashion.
Option 2 - Make cards for seniors. Our Meals on Wheels seniors are homebound and often isolated. Help cheer them up with a "thinking of you" card. The more creative the better but please no glitter. Cards can be dropped off or mailed to Volunteers of America attn: Meals on Wheels, 2660 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80235.
4. Donation of Items: Volunteers of America is in need of several items to meet the increased demands on our services.
- Food to make sack lunches - Bread, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Lunch Meat, Cheese, Condiments (in packets if possible), Prepackaged snacks, dessert items, bottled water, sports drinks, and juice.
- Clean, used plastic grocery bags from healthy households
- Cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and personal protective gear (gloves and masks)
- Non- perishable food
All items can be dropped off at the VOA Mission- Click here for hours of Operation.
5. Donate financially - resources for the most vulnerable people are needed now more than ever, any contribution can make a difference. These dollars will be put immediately to use. You can make an impact right now, donate here.
Resources for the most vulnerable people are needed now more than ever, any contribution can make a difference. These dollars will be put immediately to use. You can make an impact right now, donate below.
Program Updates -
VOA Mission Update:
- The Mission is still operating normally with regards to Church services and meals. If weather permitting we are doing Church and meals outside. Please click here for hours.
- Front lobby operations are limited, and the door is locked. Mission staff are on site and are allowing individuals to come in two at a time to utilize services.
- Denver Human Services is still on-site and accepting walk-ins one at time.
- The clothing room is limited to necessity items only (e.g. socks, underwear, coats, blankets etc.).
The CDC recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.