How Share is Facing COVID-19

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Below is an overview of Share Covid-19 Policies (updated October 1, 2021) for employees, volunteers and community members, plus a link to the full policy.

Effective October 1, 2021, Share will expect all covered employees to either (a) establish that they have been fully vaccinated; or (b) obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation working as unvaccinated. Employees choosing not to receive the vaccination will be required to sign a Vaccination Declination Form that includes the following understanding and agreement:

  1. To participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
  2. To attend mandatory COVID-19 training and education sessions; and
  3. To follow all Share and local DOH guidelines for personal protective equipment, social distancing, and quarantine/isolation measures.

This policy applies to all employees. It does not apply to clients and visitors, a separate policy exists for clients, visitors and volunteers.

Click here to view the full policy.

  • Until further notice all staff and guests shall wear approved paper or cloth masks that cover their mouth and nose fully. Masks are provided for staff and guests if needed.
  • Shields, bandanas, crochet or knit face coverings will not be considered as providing enough protection at this time. A shield may be worn in addition to a mask but not in lieu of a mask.
  • Please always maintain 6 feet of distance from another person when possible.
  • When meeting in common spaces use approved disinfectant to wipe down frequently touched places.
  • Wash hands after touching, or before and after eating, with soap and water or if not available at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wipe down doorknobs and frequently touched spaces daily.

Volunteer Health & Safety Guidelines

  • Volunteers are required to  be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective October 8th, 2021. Please bring your vaccination card to show on site staff your first time volunteering for Share.
  • Please do not volunteer if you are ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Volunteers and staff are required to wear a mask at all times when on site.
  • Maintain 6′ of distance between you and others when possible.
  • Utilize hand washing and hand sanitation stations throughout your shift.
  • Wear gloves when preparing food.

Please assess for yourself whether or not it is safe for you to volunteer on site at this time. We understand if you are not able to return to volunteering just yet. Those that are able to help are welcome and truly appreciated. Share’s programs thrive because of your support – thank you!

Contact Molly Evjen at mevjen@sharesharevancouver.org with any questions or concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the policies above, please contact:

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

The year 2020 was marked by loss, uncertainty, distance and anxiety. But in times of challenge our community always rises to the challenge.

The population we serve is a vulnerable one and this crisis has only made their daily lives more difficult—accessing meal and food programs, securing employment or housing, paying monthly bills, and caring for themselves and their family.

We have had a tremendous outpour of financial support this year to help those in need.

It is reassuring that we can always count on our community, which is full of individuals, businesses, faith-based communities, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, school group and civic organizations who are bonded by the Clark County spirit in support of one another.

To all who have donated so generously—thank you!

Our staff and board remain focused on the needs of our clients and our community, adapting our programs as needed to meet challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that will continue into the next year.

How Share Faced the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

We quickly pivoted in mid-March suspending our traditional Hot Meals service in the Share House dining room and instead served healthy to-go meals from the parking lot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Share Fromhold Service Center was closed to the public and open by appointment only.

We were grateful to St. Paul Lutheran and St. Andrew Lutheran churches who despite closing their faith services continued to provide space for the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters which were extended through June 30.  Additionally, Women’s Housing and Transition was expanded to operate 24-hours at St. Luke’s, a tremendous safety net for the 18 women who are shelter residents at that house of faith.

Our partnerships also continued with Evergreen, Vancouver, Battle Ground and Woodland School Districts, as well as EOCF Headstart locations, to get food to children and their families through our Backpack, Food Box and Fresh Food Pantry programs.

And our Summer Meals program was modified to provide free grab-n-go meals from June 22 to August 14. We were fortunate to be offered use of the commercial kitchen at St. Joseph Catholic Church for volunteers to prepare and pack meals, as well as drop-off and pick-up meals in coolers and transport them to meal sites.

Our annual Gala, originally scheduled for April 24, was initially postponed until August and then ultimately canceled. Later in the year, our annual Soup’s On! event was reimagined as a virtual Soup Week which was held Oct. 5 to 10.

Share was fortunate to have been granted funds from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington so that we could provide hazard pay to our staff on the front lines who continued to provide essential services to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Your Generosity Helps Our Neighbors

Please consider an online donation today.

Donate Resources

Donations of physical goods are always welcome. High-need items include non-perishable food, new hygiene & personal care items and new cleaning supplies.

Contact Molly at mevjen@sharevancouver.org to schedule a donation drop-off or click the button below to submit a contact form.

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