How can volunteers help Mesa County during the COVID-19 outbreak? What resources are available for those who need them?
 
This information is as up-to-date as possible. Please email Maggie Sanders, office@rsvpgrandjunction.org, with changes. Last updated 4/8/20.
 
Our agencies have been adjusting operations to ensure their clients continue to receive the support they need and to reach those residents with newly-arisen needs. We ask that you contact the agency directly if you would like to donate your time.
 
 
Our agencies are in immediate need of filling the following positions: 
 
  • Community Food Bank has positions available for low-risk volunteers to help sort, pack, and bag/box food to distribute to clients. See the second page of this flyer for details and contact information. https://foodbankgj.org/ , 640-0336. URGENT NEED:
***Community Food Bank is in URGENT NEED of volunteers for a home food box delivery program. Please see this information for volunteer position description.

Joann Fabrics' local store is closed to walk-in shopping. However, you can still order online at joann.com for curbside pickup. When you order, you will receive an email that your order is ready. Go to the store to pick up. Call the store when you are outside and they will bring your items to you. Pick-up hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F, and 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun.  They are currently out of elastic. When they get more in, they will be putting together kits with everything you need to make masks and will donate these. Individuals are welcome to these kits. The store will give information on the phone message when the kits are ready. 

  •  Meals on Wheels Mesa County needs volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly. See below for the basic volunteer onboarding process:
1. Speak with the Adrienne Carlo, Program Coordinator at 243-9984, ext. 5. Schedule a day/time to meet with Adrienne and go on a buddy route with an experienced volunteer.
2. If the volunteer would like to move forward with the position, fill out a couple of quick pages of paperwork and receive a training booklet.
3. After the volunteer's background check is finished, determine a volunteer schedule.
 
Volunteer will deliver meals to the homebound elderly. Begin shift at Meals on Wheels site and then go on route and return to Meals on Wheels kitchen. On-the-job training is provided by staff and/or other experienced volunteers. Must be able to read a map and follow written driving directions. Good driving record is required. Background criminal check required. A normal shift usually consists of 1-3 hours per week, in the mornings.  
  • Mesa County Public Health would like you help in ensuring that your older neighbors have the support they need. See here, here, and here for ways to help.
  • If you have a PC or laptop, you can help scientists develop vaccines, treatment and cures for COVID-19 and other well-known illnesses, just by allowing an application to work in your computer's background. See folding@home.org to help. (This is not an endorsement of the website; it is simply an interesting way to help the effort!)
Our partner agencies would like you to know: 
 
  • HopeWest & Hospice has URGENT NEED of face masks with the following specs: 

Ear Loop Surgical Masks Latex Free

Ideally ASTM Level 3 – Filtration Efficiency of BFE 98%+

People can drop them off to Hope West Hospice Care Center, 3050 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction Monday -Friday 8am-5pm
  
  • Community Food Bank is open to clients, including proxy clients picking up for higher-risk citizens. https://foodbankgj.org/ , 640-0336. They are not able to accept food donations right now, but will gratefully accept monetary donations so they can purchase what they need most. See the first page of this flyer for details. See website for updated information. Proxies must provide the following information regarding the actual recipient:
  • First Name, Last Name of client
  • Birthday
  • Zip code
  • Do they need pet food
  • Household size - how many adults, children (They are doing standard boxes based on family size.) 
  • ST. Mary's Hospital/SCL Health has a message for those who would like to donate blood during the COVID-19 outbreak. See this message from St. Mary's Regional Blood Center. 
  • Meals on Wheels Mesa County is in operation, with the following changes: dining sites are pick-up only (not dine-in). Drive-thru only sites are set up at the Senior Rec Center, Fruia Rec Center, and Palisade Community Center. 243-9844.
  • U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid would like you to see this information about Medicare in relation to COVID-19. Learn more here: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus
  • City of Fruita/Fruita Community Center has set up 'giving shelves' in front of the Community Center, filled with books, games, food, and supplies. It's free to take what you need and leave off items to give. Stop by and check it out!
  • April 11th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Canyon West Church (in the Kokopelli Plaza), in partnership with City of Fruita: Canyon West Church will distribute free food to anyone in need, with no age restrictions. See flyer for details.
  • April 16th, 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the Fruita Community Cener: Food Bank of the Rockies will distribute free food to seniors ages 60+ that are registered with Food Bank of the Rockies. To register with the food bank, call 970-464-1138. See flyer for details.

  
Others would like you to know: 
 
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT) is still in operation as of 3/26/2020. Please see both this flyer and this one. Please note: the DASH bus is available once per hour, instead of every half-hour.
  • Some grocery stores have set aside specific times for higher-risk customers to shop with less risk of exposure by others. Please contact your neighborhood store for details.
  • Look at what Family Eldercare in Texas is doing to combat social isolation, Family Eldercare offers a phone-based program that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home: Lifetime Connections Without Walls (LCWW). Lifetime Connections Without Walls is a telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country. They offer social and educational sessions, support groups, and friendly conversation, all from the comfort of home. You can join this program, regardless of your county or state of residence. You need only have a landline telephone or a cell phone. During this time of the COVID19 virus, they have waived the fee for this program.

    In addition to social and educational sessions, they will be adding special programming on COVID-19 for seniors. LCWW is open to persons ages 55+.

    For more information about the Lifetime Connections Without Walls or Family Eldercare you can contact Family Eldercare at (512) 450-0844 or visit https://www.familyeldercare.org/programs/lifetime-connections-without-walls/.

  • For information and resources, check out this Administration on Aging page:  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Search_Results.aspx  800-677-1116

  • 3 Brix Cider Bistro and Varaison Vineyards and Winery have been working behind the scenes in coordinating community efforts to support our children:

    Effective March 30, 13 Brix will be a D51 point of access for the emergency food services being provided to all children 18 and younger.

    Breakfast and lunch will be available as food bags per the D51 and USDA requirements Monday - Friday 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
    The Grand Junction Rockies are providing swag for the Palisade D51 breakfast and lunch bags. Thank you Kyle Kercheval and Mick (GM) from the Colorado Rockies organization!
    In addition, we will be a distribution point for Food Bank of the Rockies food boxes. These are available to all needy citizens at no charge. pick-up is available from 11:30 - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 13 Brix.
    Lunch is being served at 13 Brix 7 days per week in conjunction with the D51 distribution. Salads, soups, sandwiches delivered curb-side. 
 
Tips for you during the stay-at-home order:
 
  • Don't open any emails purporting to contain COVID-19 information unless they come from a trusted source. Scammers are using these emails to spread electronic viruses and phish for your information. 
  • Per the CDC, no vaccine is yet available for the virus. Do not respond to anyone claiming via email, telephone, or USPS that they can help you get vaccinated.