Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, agency partners and the community we serve. United Way of Marathon County is closely watching the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and assessing the situation daily, following all recommendations from the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department. In conjunction with local health officials, we are working to slow the spread of the person-to-person transmission, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.
- Honor the public health recommendations: If you’re delivering anything to any location, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text or call ahead.
- Feel connected through solo volunteering. Know that the people you are helping appreciate the outreach and you are helping people feel connected. Emailing, texting, writing letters, phone calls and online platforms are a great place to feel connected. Social distancing is recommended to slow the spread of this virus.
- Look for opportunities that are limited in size: Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less! Maintain 6-feet of distance from those around you.
- Stay home when you are sick: Those volunteers who are showing signs of physical illness should not volunteers. Stay safe, practice safe handwashing and limit exposure. If you have signed up to volunteer for something related to the COVID – 19 and you end up not feeling well, please stay home. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.
- Homemade items: Anyone wanting to make homemade items to donate to agencies, please view the specific needs here to find instructions and drop off information that is current.
- Virtual Volunteering: Share your appreciation for a Healthcare Worker by sending a virtual thank you note. United Way will format these and send them to area hospitals to brighten someone’s day. Click here to send your card.
Some organizations are looking for volunteers to call elderly shut-ins and check on them. There are groups looking for people to make cards to send to nursing homes. Area agencies are looking for people to make home deliveries. Click here to browse current volunteer opportunities in Marathon County.
If your agency needs volunteers (small group, solo and safe) or any in-kind items, contact Krista Mischo, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at 715-298-5719 or by email email@example.com.