Safety Protocols

Volunteering During COVID

Trees Atlanta prioritizes the health and safety of our volunteers and staff. Volunteers must observe the following precautions:

 

  • Individuals must be able to work alone, unless accompanied by a volunteer you feel comfortable sharing close space (a family member, roommate, or person in your small social group). Tree planting is more easily accomplished when working with a partner. If you register solo, you will need to work solo.
  • You must bring your own face covering and wear it at all times. If you do not bring your own face covering, you will not be able to participate. Please bring multiple face coverings so that you can change it out as your mask gets sweaty or wet.
  • Exercise social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet (please strive for 12 feet or more)
  • Groups will be divided up into smaller groups of 9 or fewer to allow for more space between volunteers
  • You must register prior to this event to ensure a spot and we are counting on you! If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration as early as possible to allow for someone else to fill your spot.
  • Please bring your own tools if you have them so that we can reduce tool sharing (suggested tools listed below).
  • Additional personal hygiene requirements:
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with elbows
    • Refrain from touching one’s face
    • Wear hair up or wear a hat to reduce face touching
  • If you experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, please stay home until you have completed your recommended quarantine
  • If you feel ill during the volunteer project, please go home
  • By volunteering at this project, you are participating on your own accord and accept possible risks associated with interacting with other people
  • If at any time, any safety rules are not or cannot be followed, we will make adjustments to create a safer work environment, including ending the project early

 

Requirements

Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required. Sign up a buddy to help you!

 

Ages

This project is open to all ages. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Tree planting can be physically challenging, and youth under 16 need much assistance from adults to dig the holes (you could hit roots, rocks, compacted soil, or all of these!). Young kids can participate by massaging the tree’s root ball to loosen it, filling the holes back in, and mulching and watering the trees. Kids are really great at naming trees, too!

 

Liability Release

All volunteers must agree to this liability waiver when registering for this project or when signing in at this project. Please read the agreement carefully and select ‘yes’ on this field when registering.

 

Weather

Projects happen rain or shine, so please check the weather beforehand and come prepared. We will cancel projects if inclement weather such as lightning occurs and is forecasted to persist for the duration of the project. Because weather is sometimes unpredictable, the decision to cancel is typically made at the project start time. We will contact you via email if we choose to cancel in advance.

 

What to wear and bring with you

Gloves and mask: You MUST bring your own cloth face covering and work gloves. Your face covering must cover nose to under your chin and you must wear it while working near other people. If you do not bring your own mask, you will not be able to volunteer on-site.

Recommended clothing: Long pants are recommended as you may be kneeling on the ground. All volunteers need closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty.

Tools: Any of the following tools would be helpful: long-handled shovel, mattock, hand cultivator, pitchfork, hand pruners.

Drinking water: We strongly recommend you bring drinking water in reusable containers. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please.

You may also want: Sunscreen and bug spray as needed, snacks as needed (Trees Atlanta will not provide any of these items).

 

If you have any other concerns, please contact the project coordinator listed for each volunteer event or email susan@treesatlanta.org.

For further information on what we are doing in response to COVID-19, please read: Taking Measures for the Health and Well-Being of Our Community