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Volunteer FAQ During COVID-19

  • Is GLIDE mobilizing volunteers at this time?

    We are currently accepting small groups of up to 6 fully vaccinated, volunteers aged 18+ for Meals Program shifts Monday – Friday mornings. For more information and availability, please reach out to the GLIDE Volunteer Team at (415) 674-6081 or volteam@glide.org.

  • Is GLIDE requiring volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID19?

    • Yes; placing the health and safety of the entire GLIDE community as our highest priority, GLIDE will be requiring volunteers working onsite to be fully vaccinated.  
    • Fully vaccinated is defined as two full weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two full weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.  
    • Volunteers must be able to verify their fully vaccinated status with GLIDE’s Volunteer Program prior to the start of their shift. This new policy will be in effect beginning November 19th. 
    • GLIDE offers onsite walk-up COVID vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) Thursdays from 1:30pm-5pm. 

  • Are there remote volunteer opportunities currently available?

    Yes! If you are interested in volunteering remotely, please contact us and we will provide you with our GLIDE care item drive handout.

  • What if I need to complete community service hours as a part of a mandate (e.g. courts, Project 20, ticket citations, etc.)?

    We are currently enrolling a limited number of community service hours participants at this time. Please email us at volteam@glide.org or call us at 415-674-6081 to be notified of our waitlist status, as well as to go over scheduling options with you.

  • Is GLIDE currently accepting General Assistance Workfare Participants?

    Yes. San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) has reinstated workfare mandates for General Assistance recipients. GLIDE is enrolling a limited number of fully vaccinated workfare participants at this time. Please contact your case worker at HSA for more information and an official referral, before contacting the GLIDE Volunteer Team at (415) 674-6081 or email us at volteam@glide.org

  • Does GLIDE have an age requirement for volunteers?

    Yes. With the FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccines still in emergency phases for most minors, GLIDE will continue to only accept volunteers aged 18+. We will be periodically reviewing policies as more official guidance is released.

  • What measures has GLIDE implemented to protect current staff and volunteers?

    Virtual Registration and Orientation 

    Volunteers may register for shifts online via email and/or by phone. All orientations will be offered virtually (e.g., Zoom, MS Teams, etc.) or by phone to minimize in-group meetings. 

    Daily Health Screening 

    • All onsite personnel (staff, volunteers, contractors, etc.) who enter our building must check-in at the front desk and complete a health screening questionnaire daily. This also includes a temperature check using a no-contact infrared thermometer. This process allows us to track folks who are in the building and conduct proper contact tracing if necessary. 
    • Onsite personnel must receive a negative COVID-19 test result after travel outside of the Bay Area, regardless of vaccination status, before resuming onsite activity. GLIDE offers free COVID testing Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-4pm. 
    • Any staff or volunteer who does not feel well should cancel their shifts prior. Those who do not pass the health screening on site will be asked to reschedule their shifts.

    Lessened Exposure 

    Currently, only essential GLIDE staff and volunteers are allowed in GLIDE’s facilities after proper health screening. The number of GLIDE staff and volunteers on-site at any given time has been drastically reduced to minimize exposure and allow more space for physical distancing. 

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

    • GLIDE asks that all onsite personnel maintain a face covering while in shared spaces on the premises. We encourage you to bring your own, and we have additional supplies should you forget or need a replacement during your shift. 
    • Per food safety and health code, all Meals Program volunteers will be required to wear disposable gloves, aprons and hair nets. 
    • Hand sanitizers will be made available at various PPE stations for when hand-washing is not possible.

    Sanitation
    GLIDE has increased its daily sanitation of common areas. 

    Visual Cues and Posted Health Information 

    • GLIDE will post in common areas any pertinent health information as it relates to the coronavirus. 
    • Floor decals indicating 6-feet physical distancing, maximum-capacity signage for common areas, and other visual cues are some of the tools we have deployed to keep everyone safe.

    Vaccination Against COVID-19 

    • Placing the health and safety of the entire GLIDE community as our highest priority, GLIDE will be requiring volunteers working onsite to be fully vaccinated beginning November 19th, 2021.  
    • Fully vaccinated is defined as two full weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two full weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.  
    • Volunteers must be able to verify their fully vaccinated status with GLIDE’s Volunteer Program prior to the start of their shift.