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How to Support Nonprofits During Social Isolation
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Social distancing has not stopped organizers from taking the community work online, continuing good work in Dallas during this time of the spread of novel Corona virus. Read below for how these individuals and organizations are helping vulnerable communities during this crisis, as well as how you can join their efforts.
MEALS ON WHEELS/VNA TEXAS
The Meals on Wheels team at VNA Texas is continuing to serve daily meals to the seniors and disabled adults on its roster. As more and more seniors find themselves home-bound in the days of COVID-19 social isolation, there is an internal waiting list for meal delivery of over 500 people. On average, someone will stay on the meal delivery service for 27 months, and at $6.50 per meal, there needs to be $1,700 in funding per senior.
Volunteers are following cleanliness guidelines as they make no-contact deliveries, washing hands before and after delivery runs and using hand sanitizer in between each stop. The MOW team is also still delivering individually wrapped meals to 22 drop sites around the metroplex for active seniors to pick up.
Photo courtesy of Meals on Wheels VNA Texas.
In preparation for the next level of quarantine, volunteers have also been including shelf-stable meals along with normal hot meals. There are also plans in place for virtual contact to check in on seniors and their socialization and safety needs.
If you are interested in being a Meals on Wheels volunteer, there is a great need, as some volunteers have needed to isolate themselves. The volunteer process is completely online, but a background check takes ten days to complete. The sooner you can start the process, the better!