We Care About Our Community: How Share is Facing Coronavirus

This statement was originally posted on March 12, 2020; as any changes to Share’s operation occur, they will be added to the bottom of this statement in chronological order. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As coronavirus continues to dominate the news, we want to assure you that Share is committed to doing our part to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, donors and supporters, and the community at large.

At all Share facilities, we will continue to follow all recommended local sanitation and health guidelines. Staff members practice proper hygiene, including handwashing with soap and water, as well as disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Clients in shelters, at Lincoln Place and those receiving meals at Share House also are encouraged to practice proper handwashing with soap for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol when handwashing isn’t available.

For Our Volunteers

• Liquid hand soap and single-use paper towels are stocked at all hand-washing sinks/stations.
• Hand sanitizer is provided at entrances and common areas.
• Volunteers accepting and sorting donations will be provided with disposable gloves.
• All high-touch surfaces, including door handles, restrooms, counters, tables, surfaces in use during volunteer activities, will be routinely disinfected.

We serve a vulnerable population. We understand your commitment to helping those in need. However, we kindly request any volunteers with symptoms of an illness (e.g. cough, fever, sore throat) notify us, and to stay home until symptom free for 72 hours. Additionally, if your immune system is compromised or you are nervous about being in a public place, we respect and support your decision to stay home. When you are ready to come back and volunteer, our doors will always be open to you.

Volunteers age 60 and over are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to stay home and not volunteer. We will not bar you from entering, but we acknowledge the unique risks facing our older volunteers, and we want you to be safe.

Share’s programs, specifically the Backpack and Hot Meals programs, thrive because of our volunteers. Those of you still able to help us are welcome and truly appreciated.

This is a dynamic and fast-moving situation. We are regularly monitoring updates from the Clark County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) as well as weekly phone meetings with public providers. We respect and follow recommendations by experts in the field.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact Diane McWithey, Executive Director, dmcwithey@sharevancouver.org or Amy Reynolds, Deputy Director, areynolds@sharevancouver.org.

For additional information about the coronavirus, including steps to take to protect yourself and your family, please visit: clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus

Posted March 12, 2020

Effective Sat. March 14, the Share Hot Meals program, which operates at Share House, 1115 W 13th St., will suspend their traditional meal service in the cafeteria and instead serve healthy to-go meals from the parking lot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“Share is focused on our mission and the safety of our volunteers, clients, staff and supporters as coronavirus concerns continue to escalate,” said Diane McWithey, executive director.

Meal times will remain the same: Monday to Friday: Breakfast 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. | Lunch 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. | Dinner 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: Breakfast 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. | Dinner 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Posted March 13, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, Share is taking necessary precautions regarding daily operations at our facilities, as well as evaluating how best to proceed with fundraising events. Our annual Gala includes the support of numerous sponsors, community donors, attendees, volunteers, event facility staff and more. We are currently discussing possible options and will announce our new plans as soon as they have been determined. The safety of our community is of utmost importance. We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Posted March 16, 2020

Share Fromhold Service Center: Due to increased risk of spreading coronavirus, the Share Fromhold Service Center will be open by appointment only. If you have a schedule appointment, please ring the doorbell. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Share Family Shelters: We will continue to provided meals to the families and single women living at Share Homestead, as well as providing support to our off-campus families residing temporarily at Fisher’s Mill Apartments while Share Orchards Inn is under construction. 

Share Backpack Program: Share is working with Evergreen and Vancouver Public Schools to get food to children and families in need. This food delivery system is expected to change on a weekly basis. This week:

  • Fresh Food Pantries at Minnehaha, Anderson, Silver Star, Marrion, Endeavor, Ogden, Walnut Grove, Harney; distributed in pre-packed boxes/bags on Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • 100 Backpacks to each of the following locations during the school district’s scheduled sack lunch pickups: Heritage HS, Covington MS, and Cascade MS. 
  • Dry Food Pantry Friday March 20 – Alder Creek Apartments 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here to view the ongoing breakfast/lunch program through Evergreen Public Schools
Click here to view the ongoing breakfast/lunch program through Vancouver Public Schools

Posted March 27, 2020

We are grateful for our partnerships with Evergreen (EPS) and Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). While VPS is suspending their food program at this time, we continue to get bags of food to children—and their families—through EPS. At the Share Fromhold Service Center, a small crew of staff and volunteers (while adhering to social distancing guidelines) pack 600+ food bags which are available at “grab & go” school locations from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays (visit evergreenps.org for site locations, vansd.org for updates and
clarkcountyfoodbank.org/coronavirus for additional food resources).

While our dining room at Share House is closed, our ‘delivery window’ is open. To-go meals are served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; meals times remain the same. This change was implemented on March 14 and will continue until further notice.

We are grateful to St. Paul Lutheran, St. Andrew Lutheran and St. Luke’s Episcopal churches who despite closing their faith services continue to provide space for the Winter Hospitality Overflow and Women’s Housing and Transition shelters.  Additionally, WHAT is now operating 24-hours at St. Luke’s, an tremendous safety net for the 18 women who are shelter residents at that house of faith.

We also want to express our appreciation to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington who has granted funds to Share so that we may provide hazard pay to our staff on the front line continuing to provide essential services to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Posted March 27, 2020

Effective Monday, March 30 – Share Hot Meals: Monday-Friday lunch times will be moved from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. to allow time for people traveling to the Navigation Center for mail, showers, etc. enough time to return for a meal.