Here is where you will find information on where there is a need for volunteer help in and around the City of Independence area.
The Community Services League is in need of volunteers to help with their Drive-Thru Pantry efforts. Find the sign-up information here, https://unitedwaygkc.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=517066.
There is currently an urgent need for Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City volunteers. Please considering helping with regional efforts and learn more about the Corps at mrckc.org.
Every day many Missourians struggle to afford basic necessities and the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating these needs. Concerns about the spread of the virus are impacting non-profit agencies’ ability to maintain and recruit volunteers at a time when they are needed most.
However, it is possible for many people to volunteer safely during this public health crisis and still maintain their own health, and that of their families. Use this guidance to help you make an informed decision regarding volunteering opportunities that are right for you.
Volunteers should first confirm that volunteer support is still needed.
Avoid volunteer activity if you have been in an airport, vacationed on a cruise or been around anyone who has COVID-19 recently.
If you fall within a high-risk category because of age, medical conditions – including chronic lung disease, severe asthma, heart condition or a compromised immune system – you should carefully consider the risks of volunteering. The same is true if you live with someone who is at higher risk.
Volunteers should call ahead to the service agency and ask if additional safety precautions should be taken before, during, and after a volunteer shift. Volunteers are expected to practice universal infection control precautions like those issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention like thoroughly washing hands before, during, and after volunteering, social distancing and keeping hands away from faces.
Ensure the organization is taking precautions like social distancing and cleaning work surfaces. Some organizations may require you to wear gloves or other personal protective equipment.
Maintain a six- to ten-foot separation from others. Ask about risks associated with the task and do not take part if you are uncomfortable with the risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have excellent resources and the most up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic.