Volunteers needed to help hospitals and community providers with COVID-19 Response
The current COVID-19 public health emergency is creating a labor crisis for health care facilities and nonprofits across the state that serve vulnerable people on the frontlines.
Medical professionals and staff at some nonprofits are falling/will fall ill with COVID-19 and be unable to work. Volunteers who provide labor on a regular basis at many of these agencies are at risk for COVID-19 (due to age, underlying conditions, or living with people who are at risk) and thus not able to contribute as they normally would do.
At the same time, hospitals, health care facilities and frontline nonprofits – particularly food banks and pantries, meal delivery services, and homeless shelters – are seeing a marked increase in demand for their services.
Please note: You should not volunteer if you’re at risk or compromised. If you are immunocompromised, over 60, are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or live with or care for someone in any of those categories, you should avoid being in public – including for volunteer efforts. Please stay safe, stay home.
CTResponds! is Connecticut’s online volunteer system for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) and other interested volunteers. This system helps to maintain a registry of volunteers’ skills and credentials available within the state, and helps communities match available resources to an emergency event.
Medical Volunteers can register HERE: https://ctresponds.ct.gov/
Until now, Connecticut has not had a single, statewide portal through which to recruit and place volunteers. Together, the CT Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (CT VOAD), United Way of CT/211, and the Office of the Governor (working with the state’s emergency management system) created a CT-customized instance of the national VOAD Disaster Assistance and Response Technology (DART) volunteer database – “CT DART”.
This data base allows nonprofits (currently food banks and pantries, meal delivery services, and homeless shelters) to register their needs; volunteers to sign up; and matches to be made between the two to source new labor to support the frontline nonprofits through this crisis. Because many of the most critical nonprofit services involve direct client interaction, all volunteers will be background checked.
Non-Medical Volunteers can register HERE: https://dart-ct.communityos.org/
Learn more about Connecticut’s Volunteer Needs: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers