Hi all –
Here’s sincerely hoping that you are all well. We are all set up to help our neighbors during the Coronavirus epidemic so I thought I’d update you on where this stands.
New volunteers have been signing up to drive groceries to shut-ins every day which is awesome and inspiring. As some of you know, our State Representative Chloe Maxmin also has a sign-up for people willing to check on neighbors among other tasks and she offered to connect Whitefield Cares! to her list if/when we need more volunteers which is great! All three Whitefield stores (Sheepscot General, North Whitefield Superette, and Country Corners) are working with me to get groceries to people who can’t get out because of sickness, high vulnerability or other issues. The customer calls the store and makes an order, pays for it, then the store calls me and I call the first volunteer on my list then keep going until I reach someone! The volunteer drives to the store where the store employee puts the box in their car and the volunteer drops the box off outside the customer’s house (and rings the doorbell or knocks to let the customer know the delivery has arrived). The general plan is for deliveries to occur at 11:00 and 4:00 each day so a volunteer might have more than one order to deliver.
Having said all this we haven’t received any calls from the stores yet – but that may change as time goes on. I’m also expecting that we may get other requests for help such as picking up prescriptions etc. and we’ll deal with that when/if it happens!
Additionally, Aunt Gin’s (on Rt 17) is cooking home-cooked meals for shut-ins. I spoke to one of the owners who told me that they will plan on delivering meals themselves. I suggested that they call me if they find they can’t keep up with demand for whatever reason. So I may be back to our volunteers to see if people are willing to deliver meals as well.
I think it’s wonderful how people are responding at a time of need despite the gloomy news. Please let others in your social network know about this plan so word gets out to those who need to know. This information is also on the Whitefield Town website. If anyone else is interested in volunteering, please sign up at Neighbors on Call as well as signing up for our newsletter with your email and contact information. And you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and stay healthy!