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:
- 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 until future notice.
The leadership team will continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be reflected on this page.
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