VOC's Response to COVID-19

This page offers up-to-date information on VOC's actions in response to the spread of COVID-19 (aka: the Coronavirus).

The safety of our volunteer community is our top priority, and we are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of the virus.  


Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 -  2:45 PM

  • All March and April programs, projects, and trainings have been cancelled. We will notify all registered attendees directly.
     
  • There is a strong possibility that future events will also be affected. However, we do encourage you to keep signing up for projects! We will notify all registered volunteers of any cancellations at least 4 weeks prior to the event's scheduled date. If a project can be rescheduled later in the year, registered volunteers will receive priority registration on the project(s) they signed up for.
     
  • Colorado is now seeing community-based transmission, which is when the virus has no known source of transmission (e.g. the person has not traveled in one of the countries where the virus was present, nor have they been around a person who has done that traveling).
     
  • CDC guidelines recommend that all gatherings of 10 or more people be cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. CDC guidelines also suggest the virus can live on surfaces for several hours, and transmission can occur between people in a 5-minute period within a distance of less than 6 feet, regardless of whether you are inside or outside.
     
  • For those looking for more immediate volunteer opportunities, we recommend visiting the state's HelpColoradoNow.org for opportunities to help those most affected by COVID-19.

VOC is regularly monitoring information we are receiving about COVID-19 guidelines from the state and national government and will adhere to these recommendations, which may include restrictions on who may be able to attend volunteer events and whether events may take place at all. 

We will update this page and notify registered volunteers directly with any changes and/or cancellation of our programs, projects and trainings at least 4 weeks before the event's scheduled date.

In the meantime, we will be taking the following precautions on VOC projects: 

  • VOC will modify various on-project procedures to protect public health and will inform volunteers of these changes through pre-project and on-project communications. Please be sure to read pre-project emails closely for updates. You may be asked, for example, to bring your own gloves. We may also modify our food preparation process and ask volunteers to bring their own food.
  • If you attend a project and are exhibiting signs of illness, VOC Staff will send you home or to the nearest medical facility.

Please join us in this effort by familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19 (these include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and staying home from volunteer projects if you are in a high-risk population as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), or if you feel unwell. Even if your condition seems minor, there are many people on our volunteer projects and what seems like an inconvenience to you could be a significant detriment to someone else. 

We thank you for your understanding and participation in making sure our volunteer projects stay fun and safe for all.

If you have any concerns or questions on this topic, please contact Anna Zawisza at anna@voc.org or 303-715-1010 ext. 125.