With the recent restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 many Richmond residents have been asking how they can be of assistance to other residents. Richmond resident Jen Rose Smith has set up simple way to connect those in need with those who can help. More information follows.
Please note, this outreach is not operated by the Town of Richmond. The Town assumes no responsibility for this service, the volunteers, or those served by volunteers. It is provided here simply as a way for neighbors to connect with neighbors in this time of need. We would like to thank Jen Rose Smith for the initiative in setting this up.
How to sign up as a volunteer or request assistance:
There are two Google Sheets, one to sign up as a volunteer, one to request a delivery of groceries or other essentials:
Request a delivery: https://forms.gle/Yk6pRC7pq1AktJZH8
Volunteer signup: https://forms.gle/Sc5G6nS6XFbi5TKQ8
Richmond Wellness Check-Ins by Phone
Following is a link to a Google Form for people who would like someone to check in with them by phone. If you know someone who could benefit, please tell them about it. (Or help them sign up if they’re not super tech-savvy.) Making phone calls will also be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to help and who would prefer not to make deliveries.
Sign-Up Sheet: https://forms.gle/x5UJZ8xSYQ18ffdt9
Who should not make deliveries?
If you’re ill or considered high-risk, you should not make deliveries. The CDC says you’re high risk if you’re an adult over 60, or you have a serious chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease. If you know you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus, you should not make deliveries.
How can you make deliveries safely?
In this case, safety is not just about protecting yourself. It’s possible to have coronavirus without showing symptoms. While making deliveries, it’s important to both protect yourself from potentially infected people, and to protect vulnerable people from your germs.
To do that, please drop groceries outside the recipients’ homes. Do not enter their homes or interact with them face-to-face. (This is from the Chief Medical Officer at Gifford Medical Center, quoted in a useful VT Digger article on volunteering.)
Vermont Emergency Management has posted information on neighborly best practices for helping during COVID-19.
The preference is for volunteers to make deliveries from grocery stores which offer curbside pickup, including Healthy Living, Jericho Market, Village Market Waterbury, and Hannaford Williston. In this case, recipients can order online, then coordinate with the volunteer for delivery.
One note on cash: Coronavirus can spread through surfaces, but the WHO has said that it’s not been determined that cash is transmitting the disease. However, it makes sense to use virtual payments, like PayPal and Venmo, as the first choice for reimbursing for groceries.
How will deliveries be assigned?
At the moment volunteers will be contacted individually. If the volume of requests becomes high, this system may change.