Update on BBBSAK's response to COVID-19
COVID-19 is an evolving global, national, and statewide issue. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska (BBBSAK), the health and safety of our Littles, Bigs, families, staff, event participants, and partners is our first priority. As participants and/or supporters of our program, we want to communicate openly with you about our procedures, plans, and general tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
IN EFFECT NOW:
- Group Match Activities - Some of our communities will begin offering in-person, outdoor group match activities. Check with your Match Support Specialist for specifics in your community.
- Enrollment - Enrollment interviews and training are done via video conference only.
- Matchmaking - Initial match meetings can be conducted via video conference, outdoors, or indoors with safety precautions in place.
- Individual Match Activities -
- We recommend that all matches follow the CDC guidelines in regards to vaccinations and masks or cloth face coverings. Please review those guidelines here.
- We also recommend reviewing this Safer Activities document for more information.
- All matches are required to sign our COVID-19 Match Guidelines.
- Signing the guidelines DOES NOT obligate matches to meet in-person.
- Matches are encouraged to comply with all state and local ordinances, as well as the CDC recommended safety measures. Matches are encouraged to have transparent conversations about what types of interactions all parties are comfortable with. We support matches to engage in in-person or virtual activities, whatever feels right for each individual match - this will vary for our matches based on their needs and considerations. Here are some ideas for staying connected virtually. Contact your Match Support Specialist for additional ideas.
- Anchorage and Mat-Su ONLY: Clothing and household donations - open for free home pick-ups Monday-Friday. Schedule your pick-up here.
- Staff - primarily working remotely until future notice.
Questions and Information about the COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
- Providence Hospital's Coronavirus Assessment Tool
- Alaska 211: Alaska Respond Volunteers will take your calls and emails
- AlaskaLawHelp: civil legal issues related to COVID-19, housing, domestic violence, unemployment, health, worker rights, debts, scams, public benefits, and stimulus checks.
Activities to keep Littles and children engaged
Emotional Support, Self-Care, & Health