MRR’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are living in unprecedented times. Please know that Missouri River Relief is working diligently to give thoughtful consideration about how our decisions will impact our program opportunities AND keep families safe across our region. We are evaluating our programs and meetings on a case-by-case basis.

MRR supports the practice of social distancing, or limiting personal contact and increasing personal space, as a means to slow community spread of this novel virus.  This strategy can make the most effective difference to slow the spread of the virus.

We are following CDC and local guidelines when planning or providing info. for events. The safety of our staff, participants and community will be the guide for our decisions. 

Our Office

For the time being, Missouri River Relief’s offices will remain CLOSED to the general public. Our staff is partially working from home and are available in all of the usual ways. At this time, we are asking our partners and volunteers to call or email us to discuss how best to deliver packages or communicate about programs. 

Please call our office line at 573-443-0292 and leave a message, or email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping keep our community safe.

Our Staff, Volunteers and Program Participants

To help control the spread of this virus, we are taking the following actions and recommendations:

  • We will keep up to date on CDC recommendations for preventing the virus spread. 
  • Our staff is partially working from home and alternating days in the office. There is usually at least one staff member at the office Monday through Friday.
  • Looking into the future, we will be evaluating each program to find unique and creative ways to adapt programs to a virtual or digital space when possible and practical and to determine when public programs can safely be held again following the peak of this viral spread. 

Support What You Care About

Missouri River Relief, as a nonprofit is supported predominately by community donations and event-related funding, and will still be going through a lean time as our economy continues to recover. This goes for many service and entertainment businesses, entrepreneurs, musicians as well as the many nonprofits that serve our communities. For those that can afford to support community organizations and businesses, this is an important time to do so. 

Please consider making a donation at riverrelief.org/donate/ or look for ways to support other important organizations serving your community. 

Remain Active In Our Community

Social distancing means that we have to work even harder to support all the people in our communities. Fortunately, we have a lot of tools to remain connected as a community that don’t involve face-to-face contact. Let’s use them! Think of two or more people in your circle that might be vulnerable or may not have a good support system. Check-in on them by calling or texting! Respect each other’s safe spaces and community guidelines, but visits can be made safely and be helpful. If you know someone who gets sick, keep checking in to see what they might need. If you need to physically help someone who is sick, check out the latest CDC guidelines to keep yourself safe but please do reach out! With the economic uncertainty, think of ways you can help those most affected. 

We need each other in these unique and challenging times more than ever.

The Power of Nature

Remember that nature can be a safe place to go. Social isolation is depressing and nature is uplifting. Make time to walk in the woods or sit by the river. It will always make you feel better. The Missouri River has been brightening people’s moods for thousands of years. 

Our Programs

We are proceeding with caution for our in-person cleanup programs, while our education programs remain virtual. You can visit our online calendar of events here for the latest. Keep calm, wash your hands, stay home if you you are sick, and we’ll see you on the river soon!

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