Seniors and others in need can reach out to Helping Hands volunteers: Teens doing essential errands (Updated)

Above: If you or someone you know in the “Triboro” area needs help with essential errands like fetching groceries or medicine, some Southborough and Northborough teens are willing to offer their Helping Hands.

Updated (3/24/20 12:59 pm) From the Southborough Senior Center Director Pam LeFrancois:

Although we really appreciate so many people reaching out to volunteer but we have a system set up for seniors in place that involves volunteers who are trained through the towns emergency system to keep everyone as safe as possible. If Seniors need assistance they should call the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.

A small group of teen volunteers is reaching out to Southborough, Northborough and Westborough residents who can’t leave home or would be more vulnerable to serious illness if they did. They are willing to run errands for

senior citizens, people with compromised immune systems, and others who simply need some extra help.

The Algonquin students created “Helping Hands”. People who need their help can book an appointment on Facebook. Errands they are willing to run include picking up groceries and prescription medications or taking a dog for a walk. (They won’t be doing yardwork or heavy labor.)

To reduce chance of spreading covid-19, the teens will “do everything in our power to remain sterile and clean.” They pledge:

We will always be wearing gloves when handling and delivering your groceries, prescriptions, dry cleaning, or other things.

For example, when picking up your prescriptions, we will not touch the actual containers. Instead, we will have the pharmacist place your medication inside a bag and we can bring it to you. Of course, we are wearing protective gloves and a mask.

Our goal is to help as many people as we possibly can who may be in need of some assistance.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please book time on our calendar and we’ll get back to you within 1 day.

The idea was formulated by Bella Hewardt. She sought assistance from her father in fleshing out details, then friends Nina Dworakowski and Shannon Judge volunteered to help.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, click here

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