Your community needs you more than ever.
Our community is facing unprecedented challenges. Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors supports a community of service in Saint Paul by connecting neighbors, community organizations, and businesses who could use a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In partnership with Cities of Service and AARP, this initiative engages volunteers to safely support community members experiencing barriers to meeting some basic needs due to age, mobility, income, or other factors. Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors also supports neighborhood clean-up efforts and connects volunteers with local businesses needing fortification assembly and removal.
Working together as a community, our city will emerge stronger and more connected.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is presented in partnership with:
All Saint Paul residents can safely volunteer their time and talents to make an impact now. Fill out the Volunteer form and Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors will connect you to the latest opportunities matching your interests.
Featured volunteer opportunities include:
- Assist a food distribution point, including sorting, stocking, bagging food, and curbside or walk-in pick up. This food distribution may be a food shelf, a city-led effort, etc.
- Deliver grocery and basic needs items to home-bound individuals using proper social distancing protocols.
- Assist a food shelf with tasks as assigned including volunteer coordination, inventory, and supply management and operations.
- Assist with prepping, cooking, serving, packing, and cleaning up after meals that are available to the public or individuals who need assistance at a reduced cost or no cost.
- Sew homemade face masks and other personal protective equipment (such as gowns) using CDC-approved guidelines.
- Receive ideas on ways community organizations can help from home or with minimal coordination from a partner as a Together-Apart Volunteer. Volunteers may be referred to an organization that has a need for virtual volunteer support.
- Support needs that require direct outreach in the community.
- Support local organizations and efforts that help clean up neighborhoods or prepare neighborhoods for any future clean up needs including fortification assembly and removal.
Residents with business and financial experience can volunteer with Pay It Forward, a new business mentorship program. Pay it Forward volunteers assist local businesses with grant and loan relief applications. Learn more at saintpaulchamber.com/payitforward.
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This is the story of two Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteers and their contributions to our community.
Volunteer and Community Safety Guidelines
To ensure personal and community safety, all volunteers should consider the following before serving:
- Have you experienced any respiratory symptoms such as congestion, cough, sore throat or fever in the last 72 hours?
- Have you had any contact with someone who has recently been tested for novel coronavirus or is under investigation for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
If you answer yes to either question, avoid volunteering for at least 14 days. If you develop symptoms within that time frame, please consult your healthcare provider.
Volunteers engaging in physical interactions should observe proper social distancing measures by maintaining 6 feet of separation and wearing a mask. Bring hand sanitizer to use periodically and wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water after taking a break and at the end of your volunteer shift. Learn more about proper social distancing measures on the CDC’s website.
Volunteers handling or packaging materials should follow the CDC’s guidelines for disinfecting surfaces.
Detailed Information: Provided by Ramsey County Public Health
- Space out stations >6 ft where people might linger
- Mark 6 ft increments on the floor for lines
- Volunteers and staff: assign to work on tasks individually, if possible.
- Signage for reminders (in multiple languages)
- Require all staff/volunteers/visitors to wear cloth masks
- If outdoors, this is not as critical for visitors dropping off or picking up, if there are there for a minimal amount of time
- Have sanitizer available in staff areas and visitor areas.
- Upon entry and exit – with a sign ask those entering to clean their hands.
- Advise staff and volunteers to also clean hands after contact with “high-touch” surfaces and before and after touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
- Sanitizer is adequate for many situations, but staff and volunteers should wash their hands with soap and water when visibly dirty, after using the bathroom and before eating.
- CDC handwashing info – have staff and volunteers review this info.
- Clearly display how people should move through the building
- Mark entrances and exits
- Use stanchions or posts with signs and/or arrows on floor
When gloves are worn, they must be worn safely. They should be changed with the same frequency that you would clean your hands. Gloves are meant to protect the wearer during a specific task, and then should be removed and discarded. Do not continuously wear one pair of gloves throughout the day or over the course of multiple tasks. Gloved hands can get just as dirty as ungloved hands.
For stationary indoor staff, use a plexiglass shield between them and visitor (if applicable)
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick.
Talk to a doctor, local clinic, or find a testing location near you: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/index.jsp.