The Town of Carbondale has established the Carbondale Emergency Task Force (CETF), a group of volunteer and organizational expertise from across the community, to provide support and guidance to the town in key areas of the potential impact from COVID-19. The CETF will be overseen by Mayor Dan Richardson, along with Town Manager Jay Harrington.

We are asking Rotarians to help by volunteering to fill the following roles:

  1. Neighborhood heroes. To make sure that everyone in our community is taken care of, we're planning a neighborhood outreach strategy. These volunteers will drop off leaflets door to door on their street or in their neighborhood, offering help if needed. This is to reach people who may not have access to information via the internet, and to connect them with our volunteer network. We believe it will strengthen community ties as well.  For this effort, we're looking for residents of every neighborhood - particularly densely populated areas and those with high immigrant populations. Please sign up here to get linked into Neighborhood Heros.

  2. Sewing Help -  We have two sewing crews at work helping to protect and support our community.  One group is making cloth face masks to protect our essential services workers who are at high exposure and working to keep our community going and safe.  If you are interested please open this welcome letter so you can get signed up.

  3. Specialists - contribute specific skills to one or more of the task force’s “lines of effort.” Please read the descriptions below, and respond to this email letting us know how we might be able to link your skillset into our efforts.

  4. RFV Thank you notes- Please help spread some love and gratitude to our essential service workers and members of our community.  Check out this link to spread some thanks.

The following roles have been FILLED, but will likely need more help in the future:
  1. Runners - make deliveries and other errands for our high-risk population to ensure that they have essential goods and stay safe. (We will be reaching out to some of you directly for this role, based on the background info you supplied.)

  2. Care callers - call high-risk individuals to check on their wellbeing, or just to say hi. If you’re a great conversationalist, please respond to this email and let us know for future reference.

Other ways to help:

Lift Up Donations- Please join the Carbondale Lift Up in their current drive-through drop off/donation or pick up system Mondays & Thursdays, 2pm @ Third Street Parking Lot.  If you can offer a bag of canned & dry goods please please do so. If you are in a place to make a financial contribution Lift Up finds financial contributions to be the most effective gifting as they can purchase canned goods at an incredibly low rate and community donations will go much farther.

VVH PPE Drive-  Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our healthcare providers. Valley View is now accepting community donations of commercially produced, unused PPE. This request is changing daily as national supplies of PPE decrease. Items can be dropped off, drive through style, to our Lower Valet (Calaway-Young Cancer Center entrance) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please write your name, phone and address on the box or on a note attached to it. Currently, we are asking for the following, unused, non-latex PPE: Eye protection and goggles, Face shields, Surgical masks, N95 masks, Sterile and non-sterile gloves (no latex), Disposable gowns, Biohazard bags