Through this post, I am seeking to find volunteers for the Sunday evening 2nd Helping dinners. Traditionally, many of our volunteers are more mature congregants or college students from K-State. Given the physical closure of the University and the high-risk factors associated with the Coronavirus, we are finding ourselves short on volunteers, therefore I am reaching out to ask each of you to consider your willingness to volunteer at 2nd Helping.
Currently, the meals are prepared in the church, but are distributed outside of the church in to-go containers to help minimize the risk to our outside volunteers and neighbors. There are also a number of other protocols being put into place for the purpose of safeguarding all involved with 2nd Helping.
Further, while we value anyone who is willing to volunteer, for the safety of all we ask you not to volunteer if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID meet any of the quarantine criteria below. We also strongly recommend that those in the high-risk category not volunteer as well.
If you are unable to volunteer at Second Helping, we still welcome your support. Monetary donations can be made via PayPal or mailed to the church (First Congregational UCC, 700 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502).
Thank you for your support of this important ministry,
Di Hinrichs-Toburen, Ph.D.
Second Helping Volunteer Coordinator
The criteria for the two categories mentioned above are as follows:
Please do NOT volunteer if you meed any of the recommendations for self-quarantine from KDHE as of 3/15 (source) – may be superseded by updates at kdheks.gov or cdc.gov
- Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15.
- Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week.
- Traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finish out their quarantine.
- Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel should finish out their quarantine.
- Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case. (A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.)
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as:
- Heart Disease
- Lung disease