Sometimes no action is the best action. The most important thing is to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by sheltering in place and practicing social distancing.
We’ve compiled list of volunteer resources below, be sure to contact volunteer agencies first – please do not show up to help without first making contact. This causes people to allocate precious resources to help you instead of helping those in need.
Please follow these guidelines whenever volunteering so you don’t cause someone to be sick.
- If you are feeling well and no one else in your home is sick, you can volunteer by signing up online at cvnl.org/covid19help. Volunteering with trusted community organizations is usually the best way to go because they know the correct protocols and how to deal with the specific needs and vulnerabilities of the types of people they serve.
- If you are feeling well and know there may be a need to check on a neighbor, try giving them a call or texting to keep physical distance.
- Help everyone stay safe when helping others in person: remember to wash your hands before your visit, do not enter the person’s home, keep a minimum of 6 feet apart, and wash your hands again when you leave. Drop off groceries, prescriptions or other delivered items outside the person’s home. See additional CDC guidelines here: How to protect yourself
- In-person visits with neighbors should be only when necessary, and then keep them short and include adults only. Kids should stay home.
- If your neighbor is an older adult, a person with a disability or illness, or is a family caregiver, give them the County Aging & Adult line at (415) 457-INFO. This taps into valuable services such as transportation, food delivery, and more. Hours are 8:30a-4:30p M-F.
- If you are feeling sick, anyone in your home is feeling sick, or you have come in contact with anyone you know is sick in the past two weeks please stay home. Your neighbors will thank you for it! This will be a long event and you’ll have opportunities to help again soon.
- If you live with someone who is in a high risk category, we suggest finding an online volunteer opportunity instead as you could be an asymptomatic carrier and you risk their infection (higher risk categories include people over 65, people with chronic illness, people who are pregnant, etc.). See here: CDC COVID-19: People at higher risk
- For more information and resources visit https://www.marinhhs.org/.
Established Volunteer Opportunities
All volunteer needs will be posted to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) website and updated as needs arise. We strongly encourage you to volunteer with existing organizations and activities and follow their guidelines as well as those from the County Health Department.
Marin County Volunteer Recruitment: Licensed Healthcare Professionals
The County of Marin Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated to support COVID-19 response and Marin Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are supporting our response efforts. The County is gearing up to support medical surge and are accepting new volunteers. At this time, their priority is to accept licensed healthcare professionals: MD, RN, EMT/Paramedic, PA, RT, CNA, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering in Marin County to support our response to COVID-19 and you are a licensed healthcare professional, visit www.marinhhs.org/mmrc.
There are some ways to check on your neighbors and see if they need help. The best way to do it is by phone, email, text, or if you go to their home, please knock and back up 6 feet before they answer. Follow the safety guidelines above to keep vulnerable people safe. Try to connect people with official resources as much as possible.
NextDoor.com Help Map
Cash is king, especially in a time of disaster. Monetary donations are the greatest way to help organizations who are working to provide food, emergency assistance, and other services for families and individuals in need. You can donate directly to the non-profit, or give directly to the Marin Community Foundation emergency fund that will be distributed to non-profit organizations. Here’s a resource to get you started.
And remember, unless a specific organization requests it and you have talked to them about exactly what they need, please do not drop off food or other items anywhere as it can cause more harm than good right now.