French people who wish to do so can, from Monday 23 March and via the jeveuxaider.gouv platform, become volunteers by accepting one of the 40,000 missions offered by associations or public structures.
Caring for children of caregivers, delivering food shopping, or conversing by phone with isolated people. The government platform jeveuxaider.gouv.fr puts volunteers in contact with public or association structures to help people who are vulnerable during confinement linked to the coronavirus.
"This engagement space is open to everyone. Let’s be a volunteer at heart, always used to associative missions. Or that it is important, for the first time, to give a little time and energy. Because this health war is unprecedented, because it concerns us all and because we want to win it. Together. Long live the united Republic and long live France which is committed ". said Gabriel Attal, secretary of state to the minister of national education and youth.
Associations such as Secours populaire, Emmaüs, the Food Bank, Restos du Coeur and the Little Brothers of the Poor have said that they are deprived of some of their volunteers, often over the age of 70, because of the health and containment crisis. And several distribution points for the poorest have already had to close their doors in recent days for lack of volunteers. This is why the government has put this platform online.
jeveuxaider.gouv.fr is based on 4 vital missions:
-Food and emergency aid,
-Exceptional custody of children of caregivers or of a child welfare structure,
-The remote link (telephone, video, email, etc.) with isolated fragile people: elderly, sick or disabled,
– Local solidarity (shopping for essential products for fragile, isolated, disabled neighbors).
The site guarantees its action everywhere in France. The exceptional nature of the health crisis in our country calls for an exceptional commitment from each of us.
How to get involved?
Young people in civic service and in compulsory national service are the first targeted by the platform, but everyone can register. It's simple, just enter your contact details on the site. If you are 70 years of age or older or have a chronic illness, you can only engage in remote missions from your home. Once connected, a search engine allows you to search for available missions near you by informing your department.
The missions will be carried out in full compliance with health safety rules, defined in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, that is to say:
-Respect the safety distance of at least 1 meter with beneficiaries and volunteers.
-Apply barrier gestures in all circumstances (very regular hand washing, do not shake hands, cough and sneeze into your elbow, etc.)
-Stay at home and inform the association at the slightest doubt of infection.
In summary, everyone can make a commitment so that forgetting does not exist.
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