We Care About Our Community: How Share is Facing Coronavirus
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.
Volunteers are the heart of our organization.
Through the caring and compassionate spirit of our volunteers, Share provides assistance to more than 10,000 people in Clark County each year. In 2018, 28,302 hours were provided by 2,884 volunteers dedicated to supporting Share’s mission. We could not do all of what we do without our Volunteer Team – this team is a part of who we are and what we do.
Become a Volunteer Today!
If you are volunteering as part of a group, we encourage you to download, print and distribute the Share Volunteer Application & Service Agreement to members of your group, as each person will need to have a completed application before volunteering.
Volunteer applications must be renewed every two years.
Please note: If, as a volunteer, you will be handling, preparing or serving food for our Hot Meals program, the following videos (produced by Oregon Food Bank) must be viewed.
Take the Next Step
It is an important priority of Share to place you, individually or as a group, where you will enjoy your volunteer time the most. We want you to be engaged in our mission in a way that fulfills your need to volunteer and to use your skills and experience to provide the greatest benefit to our clients.
Please take some time to review our Volunteer Manual to learn more about volunteering with us:
Share Volunteer Manual (Updated March 2018)
Our current volunteer opportunities are available here: Volunteer Service Opportunities. After you have found at least one volunteer opportunity that suits your needs and fits your availability, take the next step to becoming a member of our Volunteer Team by completing a Share Volunteer Application & Service Agreement on-line.
Once your application and worker agreement has been received and processed, the Volunteer Office staff will contact you to go over your application, schedule you and/or your group, and follow up with the information you will need for your first volunteer day. Please allow at least three days for processing your application.
If we do not have a volunteer service opportunity at the time you apply, we will notify you of this and call you with the first available opening. Applications are kept on file for a minimum of 12 months.
Share can not accomplish its mission without our dedicated volunteers. While our clients directly benefit from your time and talents, we hope that your connection with Share will be an equally rewarding experience.
If you have any questions, please call Molly Evjen, Director of Volunteers & Community Resources, at (360) 952-8228.