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COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Outdoor Volunteer Activities

For volunteers and partners working with KOB during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health of you and our community is our first priority. While we are excited to be slowly opening up our outdoor-based volunteer programs, we want to work with you to ensure your safety. Please read the following guidelines, communicate these expectations to any other participants in your group, and follow them responsibly during your volunteer service activity. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we learn together how to safely navigate the world with COVID-19. 

We recognize that information and guidelines are constantly shifting as we learn more about COVID-19. These are recommendations, not mandated requirements. We urge you to first and foremost follow local and state guidelines. We also acknowledge that much about COVID-19 is unknown and there is no way to eliminate all risk from any activity that involves working with others. Our goal is simply to use the best information we have to try to minimize that risk.

  • Group numbers must not exceed a total of 25 participants. If you have a group that exceeds this size, please divide into smaller groups that will stay below 25 people. You can also extend the length of the event to have volunteers come in phases.
     
  • Always practice social distancing. Maintain a minimum of 6 feet between each volunteer (unless volunteers reside together in the same household).
     
  • Wear a mask during service. We encourage wearing a mask while volunteering outdoors, but it is up to your discretion depending on social distancing and who is volunteering with you.
     
  • Avoid touching your face. Doing so limits the benefits of wearing a mask. 
     
  • Wear gloves. Gloves are provided to all KOB volunteers and are recommended to protect against potential dangers from trash exposure and COVID-19.
     
  • Avoid shared surfaces. These include playground equipment, picnic tables, etc.
     
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 40 seconds before and after your service. Wash your hands periodically during any activity that could lead to exposure. Use hand sanitizer periodically and when hand washing is unavailable.
     
  • Keep track of potential COVID-19 exposure. If you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, do not participate in a KOB service activity until you complete a two-week quarantine period or have tested negative.
     
  • Be mindful of your personal health. If you or anyone you have been in contact with has experienced a fever, cough, sneezing, or any other symptoms that potentially could be related to COVID-19, stay home.
     
  • Take care of you first. If you are immuno-compromised, we strongly encourage you to stay safe and stay home.
     
  • Limit the use of items that could be potentially contaminated. If you can, keep personal items in your car or at home.
     
  • Sanitize items being used by multiple people between each use. If the members of your group sign any documents on site, provide sanitized pens with a “used” and “unused” box. Sanitize pens at the conclusion of the event.
     
  • Bring your own water bottle. Do not provide snacks and beverages at events. Volunteers should come prepared with their own refreshments and water bottles, and be sure to use hand sanitizer before consumption.
     
  • Self-monitor for at least 14 days after the service/event. If you begin to experience any COVID-19 related-symptoms, it is important to notify everyone in your volunteer group and KOB immediately to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

Additional KOB Safety Measures
  • Staff will provide a safe, socially-distanced supply pickup/dropoff process for volunteers.
     
  • After each use, KOB staff will thoroughly disinfect volunteer supplies.
     
  • Staff will utilize electronic volunteer waiver and completion forms as much as possible to mitigate contact risk.

Additional Resources

Thank you to our Trees for Omaha program sponsors

 

 

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