Below is an overview of Share Covid-19 Policies (updated April 2022)
for employees, volunteers and community members.
Effective October 1, 2021, the Company 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.
This policy applies to all employees. It does not apply to clients and visitors, a separate policy exists for clients, visitors and volunteers.
- Vaccinated/un-vaccinated staff may go without masks if they choose.
- When interacting inside with a client, staff member or community member who is wearing a mask, staff are encouraged to also wear a mask.
- Please continue to 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 (Updated March 12, 2022)
- Mask wearing will be optional for all volunteers working in spaces that have enough room for physical distancing (ie our warehouse, hot meals kitchen, outdoors).
- If meeting in a smaller room or working in a confined space with another volunteer or staff member that chooses to stay masked, you also should wear a mask (keep masks nearby).
- At this time, we will suspend the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for volunteers.
- Utilize hand washing and hand sanitation stations throughout your shift.
- Wear gloves when preparing food.
- If you are ill, please stay home until you are healthy. You may cancel your shift or volunteer activity on your volunteer account or by contacting Molly Evjen at email@example.com.
- If a volunteer visits a site for Share business that has stricter guidelines, Share volunteers will follow the guidelines for that site
Keep in mind that as the situation changes so will our policy. We closely follow Kaiser, CDC, State and County recommendations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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.