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COVID-19 Volunteer Hosting Protocols 2022

THANK YOU for your continued enthusiasm and support of the mission of ASP. Health and safety are our top priorities. Though we cannot eliminate all risks, ASP has enacted guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19. Protocols will be updated as needed to reflect the most recent CDC and local health officials’ recommendations. In addition to the details on this page, all volunteers will receive instructions prior to and during their service experience. The basics are outlined below.

Participants may call the ASP COVID-19 HOTLINE: 888-320-0899. for assistance with the procedures at any time.

Last updated 5/11/2022

Volunteer Protocols

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Pre-Screening and Symptom Check

Volunteers, staff, and families will be asked to track and self-screen symptoms for 10 days prior to participation with ASP. Those with symptoms, or positive diagnosis, must stay home until fully recovered. We highly recommend being up to date on vaccinations. Anyone exhibiting symptoms while participating will need to disclose to the staff and enter isolation procedures for further assessment.

Participants may call the ASP COVID-19 HOTLINE: 888-320-0899. for assistance with procedures at any time. ASP will assist with next steps and contact tracing as needed.

  • Volunteers will be responsible for tracking their own symptoms in preparation for their service experience. Youth should be overseen by an adult. ASP will provide a self-screening form to use as a guide as your time of service approaches (see link below). For the health and safety of all involved, we ask for volunteers to be conservative in their assessments- when in doubt, please remain at home. We will be waiting patiently to welcome you back once you have recovered!
  • Volunteers should also refer to their state and local travel guidelines and ensure they can commit to any travel restrictions or quarantine guidelines before and after their dates of service if necessary.

Limit Persons & Social Distance

Capacity at ASP Centers will be reduced to lessen the chance of spread and to ensure social distancing is possible while indoors.

  • Comfort level with personal boundaries may differ. ALWAYS obtain permission before initiating physical contact.
  • Each center may have specific guidelines for congregating, sleeping and eating depending on the layout of the facility. Specifics will be shared with you upon your arrival and signage will be displayed to assist in communication of guidelines

Vaccines & Testing

All volunteers age 65+ OR considered high risk are required to be up to date on vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving at ASP. Vaccines are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all participants who are eligible.

All volunteers are required to be tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of their trip.(CDC approved rapid antigen tests are acceptable)

Masking

Masking will be optional indoors unless community levels in EITHER the county being served OR ANY of the counties of volunteer origin dictate a recommendation for masking from the CDC.

  • Low (Green): Masks optional indoors.
  • Medium (Yellow): Masks optional but recommended for high-risk individuals while indoors.
  • High (Orange): Masks required for all ASP participants while indoors.
  • Additional masking requirements may be enforced at worksites for the protection of the families we serve. Specifications for individual worksites will be given upon arrival.
  • Please bring plenty of face masks with you in case they are needed. Masks should be CDC approved washable cloth or disposable paper masks.
  • For the protection of the families we serve, other volunteers, and our staff, volunteers who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask for any reason MUST delay their participation with ASP until it is safe to gather without a mask.

Wash & Sanitize Frequently

ASP will provide cleaning products, hand-washing stations, and hand sanitizer at the center. Additional sanitation procedures and chores will be performed daily to encourage a clean shared living space. Volunteers should bring hand sanitizer for use during travel and while on worksites.

Sleeping & Showering

Sleeping rooms will be arranged to allow for CDC-recommended distance between participants. Showering times and facilities will be arranged to limit the number of users. Disinfectants will be available for sanitation of shower facilities.

  • As recommended by the American Camp Association, staff will assist with the layout of sleeping quarters to ensure a minimum of 6’ distance between the faces of sleeping individuals.
  • EPA approved disinfectant will be provided outside of each shower stall. Volunteers will be required to  spray the shower before and after each use.

Transparency

Volunteers will be required to sign an additional COVID-19 disclosure and liability release statement (included in the Trip Agreement) prior to participation. ASP will communicate publicly and immediately about COVID-19 prevention protocols and changing conditions.

Flexibility & Kindness

We ask volunteers and staff to commit to flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times. As is ASP’s way, we encourage all participants to show care and love to each other and respect that everyone’s comfort level may differ during these times.

  • Protocols are subject to change based on current recommendations from the CDC and local health officials. ASP will provide guidance about site specific mandates as needed.  Safety will be our top priority.
  • ASP staff will provide opportunities for feedback during your time of service. If you ever feel unsafe, please bring your concerns to the staff so we can promptly correct the situation.

Additional Questions?

Our team is here to provide the details you need to feel comfortable volunteering with ASP during COVID-19.

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Volunteer with ASP

Lead your group on a safe, healthy, impactful mission trip in 2020. Get started today!

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ASP's Official COVID-19 Statements

Read past communications from ASP regarding COVID-19.

Learn More

Volunteer Resources

Find other resources to help you prepare for your upcoming ASP trip.

Learn More