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Program Update Regarding COVID-19

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Important considerations for our volunteers, partner organizations, and other members of the community.

As our volunteers represent the population that is at the highest risk of infection and death from COVID-19, RSVP of Spokane County takes this ongoing public health situation extremely seriously. RSVP is encouraging all of our members to check with their healthcare providers by phone or virtually for advice for them personally. Please adhere to your doctor's recommendations. Volunteers who are at a high risk are advised to stay home and limit social contact with others.

First, familiarize yourself with the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s guidance, information, and recommendations. Of particular importance are the "Steps to Prevent Illness" and "What to Do if You Are Sick" pages.

Our sponsor, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, has already released its official response detailing our organization's commitment to and plan for safeguarding the health of our members and community.

Additionally, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers all national service programs in this country, has a detailed set of agency-wide and program-specific FAQs.

For those advised to stay home, please think about RSVP's Project Warm-Up as a way to stay active and productive from home. Finding positive activities to help take your mind off of stress is important for both your mental and physical health. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting projects to donate to those in need using materials provided by RSVP is a productive way to help your community and stay active from home.

Please stay tuned in for updates in the coming days and weeks on the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Bruncheon, currently scheduled for May 16. As the COVID-19 situation develops, there may be postponement of this event. The health and safety of our volunteers is our top priority, and we will continue to keep you informed on changes to any of our program's plans.

Finally, CNCS has requested of all national service programs that we keep them updated regarding the impact that the COVID-19 situation is having on our activities and those of our members and partners.

If you are an active RSVP volunteer: please notify us if you have, or plan to stop volunteering as a result of COVID-19.

If you are an RSVP volunteer station: please notify us if you have, or plan to close your office(s), suspend programs or services, or instruct volunteers to stay home until further notice.

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