COVID-19 Updated Building Policy

Announcements, News

April 1, 2021

Dear Staff, Partners and Volunteers,

We continue to monitor our workplace and add safety measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington State, Kitsap County’s Pathway to Recovery Playbook and other government organizations. In line with those safety measures, we are providing this guidance regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Regardless whether one has been vaccinated or not, the following protocols are still in-place at Fishline.

Face Masks:

Unless otherwise notified, you are required to wear a face mask while in the Fishline building or during any Fishline function. The CDC recommends that individuals wear cloth face coverings in public places or when it is impossible to practice social distancing. Fishline also suggests employees, volunteers, and board members consider double masking to provide additional protection against coronavirus variants.

To get the most benefits from a face covering:

  • Make sure it completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Read the directions for use (if provided).
  • Wash your hands before and after removing it.
  • Try not to touch your face when you adjust it throughout the day.
  • Keep cloth coverings clean by washing daily, or more often if contamination occurs.
  • Don’t let others wear your face covering.
  • Keep it away from machinery that it could get caught in.
  • If using disposable face coverings, do not reuse them, and throw them away in appropriate trash receptacles.
  • Don’t lay your face covering on any surface that may contaminate either the covering or the surface.
  • Don’t use it if it’s damaged or has holes, unless it is the only face covering you have access to.

Remember that wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of the disease, but only in addition to other measures that you should be taking in the workplace and at home, such as frequent hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces, and practicing social distancing.

Social Distancing:

Fishline will be adhering to the social distancing guidelines by implementing the following:

  • Increased physical space between employees at the worksite by modifying the workspace.
  • Increase physical space between employees and customers (e.g., drive-through service, physical barriers such as partitions).
  • Use signs, tape marks, or other visual cues such as decals or colored tape on the floor, placed 6 feet apart, to indicate where to stand when physical barriers are not possible.
  • Implement flexible meetings and/or hold meetings via a remote connection when possible.

•     Close or limit access to common areas where employees and volunteers are likely to congregate      and interact.

  • Prohibit handshaking

• Deliver services remotely whenever possible (e.g., phone, video, or web).

• Adjust our business practices to reduce close contact with customers — for example, by providing drive-through service and delivery options, where feasible.

Healthy Environment:

In order to provide all partners, volunteers, clients and staff an environment that is as safe as possible, Fishline is implementing the following:

  • Provide tissues and no-touch trash cans.
  • Provide soap and water in the workplace. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained.
  • Place hand sanitizer stations in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene to help stop the spread at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen. This will include signs for non-English speakers, as needed.
  • Discourage handshaking and encourage the use of other noncontact methods of greeting.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. A housekeeping schedule will be established to ensure regular cleaning routines.
  • Discourage workers from using each other’s phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • Provide sanitizing solution so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, other work tools and equipment) before each use.
  • Ensure that disposable gloves are available in the market area. The FDA requires that gloves be worn when handling food in preparation and when handling produce. The CDC recommends gloves be worn when cleaning.
  • Require that Fishline staff, volunteers, partners and their clients follow health screening guidelines for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at start of each shift. Employees, volunteers and partners who are sick will be required to stay home or immediately go home if they feel or appear sick. Any areas where an employee, volunteer, partner and/or their client with probable or confirmed COVID-19 illness worked, touched surfaces, etc. will be cordoned off until the area and equipment is cleaned and sanitized.

If you feel sick or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), let your supervisor or building management know, promptly separate yourself from other workers and go home. Contact your health care provider for further steps.  

Respectfully,

Lori Maxim

Executive Director

For specific safety and health guidelines, please visit the following documents:

Staff Policy

Volunteer Policy

Board Policy


Fishline’s Mobile Showers are Back!

News

Fishline’s Mobile Showers are back! For those who are in need, get a Fresh Start with a shower, clean clothes, toiletries and access to other great Fishline programs. Walk-ins are welcome, scheduled appointments are encouraged.


Inclement Weather Policy

Announcements

Fishline follows the North Kitsap School District “In Person Learning” inclement weather policy for closure. If “In Person Learning” is cancelled at schools due to snow accumulation, the food bank and administrative services offices will also be closed. Please check our website and Facebook page for updates.

For client services, please contact: frontdesk@fishlinehelps.org

Volunteers, in the event that we are open, please remember to make your personal safety a priority and contact us if you are not able to come in at  Volunteer@fishlinehelps.org.


Fishline is Hiring! Learn about Our Available Positions

Announcements

Market Assistant

Reports to: Market Manager
Time Commitment: Full-time 40+ hours/week
Job Location: Poulsbo, WA (Remote not possible)
Compensation $17.00/hour. Position is also eligible for PTO and a monthly healthcare allowance.

Position Summary:

The Market Assistant will assist the Fishline Market and Facilities Manager (MFM) in performing all tasks related to providing great customer service to our clients, food intake and outflow, as well as overall daily operation of the Market itself. This will include, but is not limited to, food safety best practices; workspace sanitization and upkeep; recording, weighing, sorting, stocking and display of grocery rescue, incoming food drives, Northwest Harvest, Food Life Line, Commodities, and individual donations. It also includes driving a company van and using a forklift to organize our food storage area. The Market Assistant will uphold and be exemplary of Fishline’s Culture of Respect by being respectful, informed, welcoming liaison between clients, volunteers and staff.

View the full job description and apply for this position through Indeed HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser: https://www.indeed.com/job/market-assistant-d35920ab2e7ce415


Data Analyst and Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director
Time Commitment: 20 hours/week
Hourly Wage: DOE

Position Summary:

The Data Analyst and Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors to monitor, analyze, and report on all required Fishline metrics and impact documents. This position is critical for Fishline to maintain our funding and incoming food contributions from various partners in Kitsap County, the state, and the country. The ideal candidate is comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to juggle many priorities, and consistently shows up with constructive ideas and a positive attitude. S/he is incredibly detail-oriented, and isn’t afraid to stop by someone’s office or pick up the phone to call and get their questions answered. They care deeply about proving social impact and writing detailed and comprehensive reports. This person is highly attuned to deadlines, and can often be found triple checking report numbers before hitting “submit”. This position requires someone who also has experience with grant writing and is willing to learn new databases and software’s as Fishline looks to expand its technological capacity and CRM systems. S/he possesses a growth mindset and is committed to carrying out Fishline’s mission and vision.

View the full job description and apply for this position through Indeed HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser: https://www.indeed.com/job/data-analyst-and-coordinator-17c496a2dff75c18


Communications & Marketing Coordinator Job Announcement

Reports to: Executive Director
Time Commitment: 25 – 30 hours/week
Hourly wage range: DOE, Starting at $18/hour

Position Summary:

The Communications & Marketing Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors to plan, coordinate, and administer all aspects of marketing, community outreach, and donor engagement for Fishline. The ideal candidate is comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to juggle many priorities, and consistently shows up with constructive ideas and a positive attitude. S/he is relationship-oriented, and able to build strong connections both on this team and within the broader community. This position requires someone who is a bonafide Jack or Jill of all trades: confident with all forms of communication, super tech-savvy, and willing to adapt in order to fulfill the needs of the organization in the moment. S/he possesses a growth mindset and is committed to carrying out Fishline’s mission and vision.

View the full job description and apply for this position through Indeed HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser: https://www.indeed.com/job/communications-marketing-coordinator-dcc9f62dd30c0336


Fishline Status Update: Message from the Executive Director

News

Please visit the follow links for additional local information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Links & Resources, Kitsap County County Emergency Operations Center Links & Resources

The past two weeks have been a crazy time at Fishline, where we experienced our first positive case of COVID-19 in the Market.  We are proud of our track record over the past eleven months, where we served thousands of community members during a pandemic, and remained COVID free.

 In response to notification of a positive test, we immediately closed our facilities and contacted all volunteers who may have been exposed and consulted the Kitsap Health Department and ensured that we were following the CDC guidelines.

Our friends at ServPro showed up on a moment’s notice to deep clean all of our facilities. We want to send out a special thank you to the thirty-two new volunteers and many of our regular volunteers who answered the call for help. These super heroes helped feed close to 400 families this past week!

We worried about our volunteers and co-workers, who were in quarantine, hoping that none of them would get sick. The good news is no one did. Our staff have all tested negative for COVID-19 and we have heard the same from many of our volunteers who may have been exposed. 

The volunteer who contracted COVID is on the mend, and we wish them a speedy recovery.

To alleviate future outbreaks, we have decided to update some of our policies. Here are the changes:

  • To prevent cross contamination:  All Fishline Volunteers will be asked to volunteer at only one program and one shift per week. (for example; only at Second Season or only in the Market).
  • There will be a 15-minute window between shift changes to reduce exposure. Please be prepared to leave your shift on time, unless it is as the end of the day.
  • It is recommended to double up on masks to reduce exposure.
  • We are updating contact information for all volunteers and expect them to complete a volunteer Emergency Contact Form and return it to the Volunteer Manager by February 15, 2021. 

Fishline COVID-19 Policies:

  • You are required to wear a mask at all times and practice mandated six feet social distance guidelines.
  • Volunteers must sign a waiver and check your temperature at the beginning of each shift.
  • Review/sign and adhere to our COVID-19 Safety and Health Guidelines for Volunteers 
  • We ask volunteers who may be at risk or not feeling well to stay home and take care of themselves. If you need to cancel or change your shift, email: Volunteer@fishlinehelps.org.
  • We strongly recommend those with an underlying medical health condition (visit the CDC for more information.) not to volunteer at this time.
  • According to the CDC and Kitsap Health department guidelines quarantining for 14 days is the safest option if you have been exposed someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Those who volunteered on 1/12, 1/14 and/or on 1/19 are asked to quarantine for 14 days and to contact your provider for additional guidance.
  • If you need to get tested, please visit the following links for site locations:

https://www.kitsapgov.com/Pages/Kitsap-COVID-19-Test-Site.aspx

https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/

COVID-19 Vaccination

For those who are wondering about when Fishline staff or volunteers will be eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccination. Fishline is following the CDC guidelines. To learn more please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html

https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus_Vaccine.php

Client Services

The team is providing their services remotely.  For those who do not have a telephone there are staff available to assist on-site. Additionally, we are only allowing one family in the lobby at a time.

 Market

Has changed their shifts to not overlap and to reduce the possible exposure.

Monday & Friday

  • 1st shift 8am-11:30am
  • 2nd shift 11:45am-4:15pm

Wednesdays (2 additional shifts)

  • 3rd shift 12:30pm-3pm
  • 4th shift 3:30pm-6:30pm

Second Season

Is open from 10am to 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

We receive donations at the old Fishline building on Viking (behind the new Fishline building) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 2pm.

Fresh Start Shower Program: Operating: Mondays & Fridays 10am-2pm; Wednesdays 12pm-4pm.

Upcoming Closure Dates: Monday, February 15th in observance of President’s Day

I would be happy to answer any questions you have or just say Hi!   I can be reached at:

Lori Maxim
Director@fishlinehelps.org
360-208-0103

For a printable copy of this announcement, please click here.