COVID-19 UPDATE

VMC COVID-19 UPDATE

December 1, 2021

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Ministry Center continues to adjust operations to maintain the safety and well-being of neighbors (those we serve), volunteers, and staff. 

 

Practices

The wearing of masks inside VMC buildings remains in effect.   CDC recommends, “[I]f you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fyour-health%2Fneed-to-know.html). ”  As of this date, Knox County has a rate of 103+ cases per 100K which is high. 

 

Remember that the best protection is to be vaccinated.  Otherwise, wearing a facemask, physical distancing, and handwashing are all excellent practices for your protection and mitigating the spread of the virus.  If you are ill or sick, please do not come into the building.   If you come into positive contact but are not fully vaccinated, please follow the quarantine protocol.  If you come into positive contact and are fully vaccinated, symptom-free, and received a negative test within 5-7 days of contact, there is no need to quarantine, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact.

 

Programs

Some volunteer activities may continue with restrictions and limitations.  

Please contact the supervisor for more information in the area in which you have/are volunteering.

For general volunteer opportunities: Katlyn Moore (kmoore@vmcinc.org)

Resource Center Meal Groups:  Gail Mullins 865-216-6436

Bush Family Refuge: Sarah Bradsher (sbradsher@vmcinc.org)

 

The Foyer and Resource Center offers pre-and post-housing services to neighbors with enhanced hygiene/cleaning protocols while observing social distancing.   Non-contact forehead temperature checks are provided upon request and with a presenting reason for one.  Meal groups in the Resource Center are limited to five (5) or fewer people or less and must always remain in the kitchen area.

 

The Bush Family Refuge & Dental Clinic will continue to operate under regular hours, and reception areas are limited to five or fewer individuals.  Limits on some services are due to the availability of staffing.  

 

Minvilla Manor will allow for volunteer groups with three (3) people or less.   The Community Room is open while practicing physical distancing with no more than twenty (20) people, including the volunteer group.

 

Fund Raising Events

The annual Carry the Torch event featuring Fr. Gregory Boyle will be in person at the Knoxville Convention Center on December 16th.   Face masks will be required while in the building.    Please contact the main office (524-3926) with questions. 

 

Finally, the best way to continue supporting VMC’s ongoing work is to do so with a financial contribution.   Financial assistance affords us the flexibility to meet the ever-changing situations that arise daily.  You can mail your gift (P.O. Box 27406, Knoxville, TN. 37927) or make an online donation at www.vmcinc.org.  We are so grateful for your support; may you be safe and well during this holiday season!