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Hanover County Press Releases

Posted on: March 20, 2020

Volunteer, feeding opportunities during COVID-19

We are proud of Hanover’s volunteer spirit. One of the best services that each of us can provide to our community is practicing guidelines set by the CDC. Remember even those who are feeling well may unknowingly expose others.

As you or your organization prepares and makes decisions regarding engaging volunteers, or if you are considering taking part in organization-led volunteer projects during this time, we ask that you observe the precautions outlined in the Healthy Volunteers Guidelines.

  • Please do not volunteer if you are sick or feeling unwell.

  • Please do not volunteer if you have been near someone who is sick.

  • Please do not volunteer if you have traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the US.

  • Please do not volunteer if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

  • Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness.

  • Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.

Critical Volunteer Opportunities

Free Curbside Student Food Service 

To support Hanover County Public Schools in expanding meal service to students during the extended school closure. Volunteers are needed March 30 through April 10, including Spring Break.

Please email volunteer@hanovercounty.org to communicate your interest to support this program.

 

Feedmore’s Community Kitchen | http://Feedmore.org

Packaging meals for Meals on Wheels clients. Four-hour shifts are available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 1 pm & 1 pm – 4 pm for people 16 years or older. They have seen a drop in volunteer participation in programs due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, feeding programs are ramping up to keep abreast of the situation so they can continue to provide clients and the community with assistance.


Meals on Wheels is experiencing a shortage of delivery volunteers this week. If you can help, please call Sudesha Das Menezes, Director of Volunteer Services. Her number is 804-521-3277 or sdmenezes@feedmore.org. This is about a 1.5-hour commitment to those who are elderly and too frail to venture out. Please help at this critical time.

For additional volunteer opportunities, please visit the Hands On website

 

Red Cross urges blood donations 

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

The Red Cross is also taking extra precautions during this time period, such as changing gloves often, wiping down donor areas and taking temperatures prior to donations. To find out where you can donate and schedule an appointment, contact Redcross.org

 

Monetary Donations for Food Pantries

Please consider donating funds instead of making food purchases to support local food pantries. Your donation will make an immediate and real difference in the lives of so many neighbors across Hanover County.

* Please hold all item donations until food pantry locations resume normal operations.


Ashland Christian Emergency Services ACES  

Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF)

Moments of Hope 

Pappy’s Pantry Ministries 

Western Hanover Emergency Action Team, WHEAT  

Feed More/Central VA Food Bank 


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