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Nevada County Volunteer Hub: April 13-19

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Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub connects Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in the community.

Due to the statewide shelter-in-place order, many volunteer opportunities have been temporarily suspended. But there are still a number of organizations with opportunities that can now be done remotely, from the comfort of your home. In order to best serve the needs of the local organizations who still urgently need volunteers, we have created a special “COVID-19 Opportunities” page on the Volunteer Hub that will be updated according to the needs of our partner organizations. We have selected a few from that list for you below. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit http://www.ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

Nevada County Public Health Department

Stay Home and Save Lives

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The Nevada County Public Health Department needs your help in combating the coronavirus in our community. At this critical time, you can make an important contribution to the battle against COVID-19 by sheltering in place. We are asking all Nevada County residents to volunteer to Stay Home and Save Lives. As a Stay Home and Save Lives volunteer, you will agree to: Stay at your residence at all times except as needed for necessities (such as groceries, prescriptions, health care, and exercise that includes social distancing) or to provide an essential service to the community; limit or avoid contact with anyone outside of your household; share your commitment to this volunteer opportunity with your friends, family, and community and encourage others to volunteer; and bring your compassion, kindness, and sense of civic duty to this important assignment.

Connecting Point

Sew masks for in-home care providers

Caregivers play an essential role in assisting seniors and people with disabilities to live safely and independently in their homes. You can help them to do this important work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, providers of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program continue to work in the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in our community, doing everything from cooking to personal care. In order to protect consumers from potential exposure to COVID-19, we are in need of cloth masks for care providers. Put your sewing skills to work to support this essential workforce. You can find a pattern from Johns Hopkins University (this can be found at http://www.HopkinsMedicine.org) or use the CDC’s instructions on making a Sewn Cloth Face Covering at http://www.CDC.gov. Please use only 100% pre-washed woven cotton fabric. The fabric must have a pattern to it. To avoid confusion with medical-grade masks, do not use blue and white patterns. Never use solid white or solid blue. When you are ready to drop off your masks, please email Leslie Kerns at lesliek@connectingpoint.org. Finished masks may be dropped off at the Connecting Point office at 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please put your masks in a ziplock bag and include a note with your name, mailing address, and phone number.

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County

Free residential green waste collection volunteer

COVID-19 has forced many of us to stay home. The very best thing we can do for fire safety in the time leading up to the Green Waste Event is to clear defensible space from around our homes, and help our neighbors do the same while practicing social distancing. Cost for green waste removal remains a significant obstacle for property owners when it comes to fuels reduction. In response to this obstacle, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) will remove green waste for Western Nevada County residents for four weekends in May and June, in order to further reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the community. During the Green Waste Event, FSCNC will need volunteers at each collection site to coordinate traffic, collect participant information, track loads received using a tablet/iPad, answer questions, and perform an initial inspection to ensure invasive species (blackberry, Scotch broom, poison oak) are not in the loads of green waste. Each shift will be approximately four hours long, with one shift in the morning and one in the afternoon. The collection will take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays starting May 23 in the Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and Alta Sierra areas. If you’d like to help with the Green Waste Collection Event, express interest on the COVID-19 Opportunity page within the Volunteer Hub and they the Fire Safe Council will be in touch.

To find more volunteer opportunities, please call 211 or 1-833-DIAL-211 or visit us at http://www.ConnectingPoint.org.


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