As cases of COVID-19 start popping up in our towns, it seems likely that we will all be affected in one way or another by this virus. Massachusetts* has declared a state of emergency, parades, festivals, and dances have begun to cancel. Schools are starting to close and many of us are wondering about social gatherings. It’s reasonable to think that many more of us will soon be undergoing quarantines of some sort, hopefully self-inflicted “abundance of caution” ones, but likely medical ones as well.
*A quick note on location. Sign up no matter where you live and if there are enough people in your area, I will split the site/forms off into a localized version for your town/city/region.
Like many of us, I have been thinking a lot about the more vulnerable members of our intergenerational folk music and dance community as well as healthcare workers and other first responders. I want to help. In order to be a resilient community, one of the best things we can do is try to limit the exposure of the highest risk people as much as we can for as long as possible. By taking action now, we can help avoid a spike of cases that will overwhelm hospitals, like has happened in Italy and elsewhere. Let’s flatten the curve!
This website is meant to provide some structure to the generosity and courage that I’ve witnessed first hand in our community when someone is in need.
- If you’re interested in offering help, like delivering groceries or a meal, picking up a prescription, providing pet care, or driving someone to the hospital, sign up and then look for pending requests you can fill. When you find one, click give help link.
- If you may need help with any of these things, or something else, sign up and then, when the time comes (and it may be now), click get help link. Someone will get in touch with you soon.
- If you’re going into quarantine and you just want people to know and maybe to get a few extra calls or emails or notes or virtual hugs, use the get help link to let us know!
I’ve focused a lot on quarantine because I think that will become a reality for many of us soon, but you don’t have to be in quarantine to ask for help! If you’re working from home because your office is closed AND taking care of your kids because their school is closed, you may need help picking up a prescription too!
If you receive aid from our community and you are able to and feel like paying it forward, please donate some money to your local food pantry or another similar organization.
If you have questions or ideas on how to make this better, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-429-8802.