COVID-19: Changes to volunteering, meals, and case management
With recent developments around COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the metropolitan area, we have decided to temporarily suspend the volunteer program effective immediately. This temporary action will last through Sunday, April 5, at which point we will reassess.
We have also canceled the upcoming volunteer orientations scheduled for March 20.
Given volunteers have been the backbone of enabling us to provide uninterrupted service over the past 37 years, these decisions were not made lightly.
To our guests, we want to be clear. Meal services and streamlined case management will continue. Serving meals and providing critical social services remains core to our mission of ending chronic homelessness in DC. Beginning Monday, March 16 both programs will occur outside in the courtyard. Staff from various departments will fill in as needed to support the dining room and kitchen as part of our essential duty.
Over time while our services and programming may look different as news around the coronavirus evolve, our commitment to you has not wavered.
To our volunteers, we want to thank you for your contribution and efforts. We had a tremendous response to our email yesterday, where many of you immediately signed up for our emergency response team. We feel lucky to have the best volunteer community ever.
To our staff, thank you for your daily dedication to meeting the critical needs of our guests in calm times and in times of crisis.
We appreciate the patience, grace, and understanding of our entire community for this necessary, but prudent, decision.
We feel that it helps strike the right balance of remaining committed to our mission and guests, while at the same time upholding our communal responsibility to stem the tide of the virus spreading
The six-member Coronavirus Response Team made up of senior leadership and frontline staff meet daily to review new guidance from city officials and more and discuss how that might impact programming.
We will communicate additional news to you as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond as best we can. Our priority will be on the health and safety of our guests, MK family, and wider community,
President & CEO, Miriam’s Kitchen
P.S. Ways you can help:
- Donate: https://miriamskitchen.org/helpnow/
- Give in-kind. Please email email@example.com if you can donate (or can organize a drive to collect) hand sanitizers, sanitation wipes, disposable gloves, tissue packs, soap, or conditioner.
Check https://miriamskitchen.org/in-the-news/ to make sure you are reading the latest updates around COVID-19.