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Distancing without Disconnecting...Together with your Donate Life Northwest Community during COVID-19

Thank you to everyone in the Donate Life Northwest family honoring and protecting the precious gifts of organ, eye, and tissue donors, and our deepest gratitude to healthcare professionals working bravely to save lives in the most difficult circumstances. We are a community of transplant recipients - many with suppressed immunity - protecting our donors' gifts; transplant candidates waiting with hope while resource shortages compound the donor shortage; living donors who share the joy of giving; and deceased donor families who teach others to celebrate gifts of life, sight, and health in the most difficult times.  

Our experiences have given us a powerful appreciation for life, and sharing our stories can save lives. Together, we can help each other and our broader communities to weather this storm while also meeting the increased need to encourage more people to share the gifts of life, sight, and health.  

While many are facing uncertainty, we are extremely grateful to all who are able to help financially sustain the work of Donate Life Northwest and bring hope to the thousands of area children and adults whose wait for lifesaving donation and transplant has grown even more precarious. donatelifenw.org/give

Even from home, you are invited to gather with this vibrant community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; share lessons in our common-core aligned curriculum and other teacher/student resources at donatelifenw.org/teachers; and find many other resources and ways to contribute from the menus, above. As in-person event options return, please carefully read the following and watch for event-specific guidance in announcements and registration.

To reach us, please email info@donatelifenw.org.

Guiding Philosophy  

We are protecting the safety and comfort of our entire community by adhering to policies that offer increased protection for immunocompromised and vulnerable populations. To these ends, the requirements for 1) masking, 2) vaccination, and 3) distancing will be discussed and evaluated on an event-by-event basis. DLNW staff planning in-person events will work with a member of the DLNW Leadership Team to define the parameters for the event which will include guidelines on masking, vaccination, and distancing. These will be made publicly available on the event registration page. Questions and concerns can be sent to info@donatelifenw.org

Donate Life Northwest COVID Vaccine Mandate & Safety Protocols:

For the safety of our volunteers and our community, Donate Life Northwest (DLNW) requires all in-person volunteer roles at DLNW coordinated events to be fully vaccinated according to the CDC. The purpose of this policy is to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission between DLNW employees, volunteers, and community members. Volunteers who are not fully vaccinated are invited to participate in virtual or remote volunteering opportunities. 

Any person who has: had a close contact; or experienced symptoms; or tested positive, please refer to the CDC isolation and quarantine guidance, and also note these additional requirements for Donate Life Northwest volunteers and some event attendees and visitors. Where CDC defines criteria allowing some who have experienced symptoms or tested positive to end isolation after 5 full days since symptom onset or positive test (day 0), Donate Life Northwest additionally requires those who meet that deisolation criteria to also have either

  • a negative antigen test on or after day 5 (if tested positive on or after day 5, wait at least 5 more days);  

-OR-  

  • extend, to at least 10 full days, their isolation from the Donate Life Northwest community and volunteer assignments.

Universal and correct mask use will be observed at all times by all persons volunteering/working at Donate Life NW indoor in-person events.

Social distancing of at least six feet will be required between staff, volunteers, and visiting organizations.

Volunteers and Partner Organization staff are asked to attest to full vaccination status by signing our online attestation form or by showing proof of vaccination in-person to a DLNW staff member. Exemptions to the vaccine requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any approved exemptions will require additional safety measures, including, but not limited to, pre-event COVID-19 testing. 

These requirements are subject to change as the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve and will be evaluated on an event-by-event basis. 

Click Here for Donate Life Northwest Volunteer & Partner Organization Attestation Form

For more information on COVID-19 on the American Society of Transplantation website and the CDC website.