STATEMENT TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND:
VOA’S STEADY PREPAREDNESS IN THE FACE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Since our founding in 1896, the mission of Volunteers of America has been to "go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” We take seriously our mission to protect the safety and health of our residents! In response to the coronavirus pandemic, I write to assure our community members that we are taking steps now to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses and support those in our care.
We want you to know that we are keeping abreast with our local health department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on any new information. In the event of an outbreak in our communities of New Hampshire and Maine, we would follow our policy and the advice of our local Public Health Department and CDC. Our goal remains to continue providing services with minimal disruption.
Practicing good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness is needed. The CDC has recommended the following precautions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for approximately 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing happy birthday to you two times). Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay away from neighbors if you are sick.
- Get a flu shot. It’s not too late!
Further, our leadership team and entire staff have been engaged for several weeks in thoughtful planning, preparations, and education to help us respond to this public health risk. Volunteers of America is continuing daily monitoring of residents’ and associates’ health and increasing the frequency of cleaning with antibacterial/germicidal cleaning materials in all of our facilities.
Our mission remains to offer care and unconditional love to others. Should you have any questions, please, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.