UPDATE 9:55 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5
Nashville has moved into a modified version of Phase Three. Information about the specifics of the guidelines can be found here. HON will retain the 25-person cap for volunteer projects posted on our website, and recommendations stay the same for social distancing, masks, hand hygiene, and other precautions. Because of the move to Phase Three, many organizations may resume more normal activities, which may mean a wider variety of volunteer projects available on our calendar. Volunteers are still very much needed to help our community get through this!
UPDATE 10:46 p.m. Friday, July 3
Nashville transitioned back to a modified version of Phase Two today. Information about the specifics of the modified phase guidelines can be found here. Guidelines for group sizes remain largely the same — gatherings are capped at 25 people — but we encourage volunteers to wear masks, practice proper social distancing, be vigilant about hand washing, and conduct as much business outdoors as possible.
UPDATE 1:51 p.m. Friday, June 26
As the city of Nashville moves into Phase Three of Mayor Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, guidelines for volunteering and group size remain largely unchanged from Phase Two.
We’ve added a COVID-19 section to our website at hon.org/covid19. There you will find the latest updates about volunteering, and opportunities to support disaster relief during this time.
UPDATE 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, June 10
Volunteer project guidelines and parameters are evolving as our city continues to move through the phases of reopening. Here are some things to know about volunteering during Phase Two of Mayor Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville:
- A wider variety of projects is available on hon.org, including park cleanups, community garden prep, and more. Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up.
- The attendance cap on projects has been raised from 10 volunteers to 25, and we have asked our partners to only recruit for the number of volunteers they can accommodate while still heeding social distancing guidelines.
- Our partner agencies are working to ensure that projects are safe for volunteers, staff, and the community. We have added a question regarding safety to the feedback survey we send out after every project, so if volunteers feel unsafe we can address those concerns on a project by project basis.
Thank you, volunteers, for all you’re doing to help meet needs in our community!
UPDATE 12:27 p.m. Tuesday, April 7
Volunteer Tennessee has issued helpful guidelines for those wanting to volunteer safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read and download them here.
UPDATE 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 17
The situation regarding COVID-19 precautions and how they affect tornado relief efforts is changing rapidly. HON continues to work with OEM and city health officials to evolve our disaster response efforts in real time.
Some measures we are taking to help keep community members safe:
— We are asking our partners to post only volunteer projects that pertain to meeting urgent needs in the community, which we are defining as food and shelter. We are collaborating with our partners and others in the community who are doing this work to identify how volunteers can best support them and be safe at this time, and will provide updates as we have actionable information that meets safety guidelines.
— We are urging our partners to limit group sizes at projects to 10 people for the next 15 days, at which point we will evaluate whether this time period needs to be extended.
— We are continuing to ask volunteers who feel unwell to rest at home rather than attend projects.
— We encourage volunteers to use their own discretion when deciding whether to attend a volunteer project.
— We are working on identifying ways volunteers can help our partners remotely during this time.
UPDATE 7:06 p.m. Thursday, March 12
HON is working closely with OEM and the city as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As a result of the health department’s recommendations, we’re looking at a number of adjustments heading toward the weekend:
— limiting the maximum number of volunteers at projects to 50
— stocking projects with hand sanitizer
— requesting that volunteers who feel like they’re getting sick rest at home instead of coming to projects
Please make sure you read the information at this link and continue to heed best practices regarding limiting contact with others, washing hands, etc.
Volunteers who feel unsure about exposure risk and would rather not chance it should feel free to go to their hon.org accounts and remove themselves from projects.
HON will continue to provide updates and evolve plans as needed in collaboration with the city of Nashville, OEM, and the health department.
Original post on Wednesday 3/11 at 12:25 p.m.:
As concerns grow about the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and the Nashville Public Health Department have shared following information and resources:
Basics that are always best practice:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly (at least 20 seconds, with soap)
- Don’t touch your face, especially with unwashed hands
- Minimize hand-to-hand contact with others