The Freecycle Community and COVID-19
Dear Freecycle.org member,
Freecycle is a global community, and right now our community is under threat from a global pandemic. While we remain committed to reducing waste and keeping items out of the landfill, our main concern is the health and well-being of our members. We've asked local moderators to refocus local groups on crisis info and updates: local testing sites, shopping restrictions, critical info, and to only allow items which are essential/basic necessities. Click on “Contact moderator” at the top of your local group page to pass on info for wider dissemination to other local members. Beyond this, please follow local and national guidelines when posting items to your local group.
You, as a member, also have a critical role to play: for example by notifying your moderators of the latest info so that they may email it out to thousands of local members. Or, post the info in an OFFER to the entire group:
OFFER: virus-testing site info WANTED: info on shop hours for the elderly
Please, when making a post, do consider the following to remain safe and healthy:
Only post essential items / basic necessities; Avoid all contact with the recipient: place item on your porch for others; Do not participate in the gifting process if you are experiencing any symptoms; Before picking up or gifting: wash hands, wipe the items down with a disinfecting wipe; After picking up, disinfect items and wash hands; Also, please disinfect regularly-used surfaces like gates or the table where item is left; Essential items may include: canned goods, masks, protective gloves, disinfecting gel, etc. You get the idea.
Freecycle is about helping each other and helping the planet. Help us to apply this mission in a careful and safe way, by only posting necessities --where permitted-- which may help a fellow member avoid shops, cashiers, ATMS as well as direct social contact with others. With your help, we can continue to care for our communities in a new and safe way. Thank you for your part in making this happen.
More general information is found at the links below: https://wiki.freecycle.org/COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
If you need to contact someone centrally please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For local group/post issues, please contact your local moderator (link located at the top of your local group’s page after logging in).
Stay safe and stay well, Deron
-- Deron Beal Executive Director The Freecycle Network www.freecycle.org
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