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 - in-person agency activities are on hold, but we are holding virtual match activities.  
  • Enrollment - enrollment interviews and training are done via video conference only.
  • Matchmaking -  initial match meetings are done via video conference or outdoors only.
  • Individual Match Activities - In light of the Governor’s COVID-19 Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration on November 6th and his additional press release on November 12th we are implementing the following recommendations and requirements:
    • We recommend that matches engage in a voluntary hunkerdown and meet only virtually while the disaster declaration is in place. 
      • This recommendation shall remain in effect until December 15th, when the current declaration expires, unless it is extended or a new declaration replaces it. 
    • If matches choose to meet in-person a 6-foot distance must be maintained.
    • If matches choose to meet indoors or to ride in the same vehicle masks or cloth face coverings are required. 
    • All matches are required to sign our COVID-19 Match Guidelines.
      • Signing the guidelines DOES NOT obligate matches to meet in-person. 
  • Matches are required to comply with all state and local ordinances, as well as the CDC recommended safety measures. Matches are encouraged to focus on building their friendship through email, phone, text, FaceTime, etc.  Here are some ideas for staying connected.  Contact your Match Support Specialist for additional ideas.
  • Clothing and household donations - open for free home pick-ups Tuesday - Saturday. Schedule your pick-up here.
  • Staff - primarily working remotely Monday, March 16th until future notice. 

The leadership team will continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be reflected on this page.

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