With COVID-19 cases growing in Colorado and Governor Polis’s statewide Stay-at-Home order on March 26, 2020, I want to send a note of reassurance. A Little Help is a 'Critical Service' and will continue to provide a lifeline for hundreds of older adults to access vital resources, including food, medications, supplies, and social connection.
A Little Help is still essential. Our model is uniquely prepared to mobilize neighbors of all ages to serve our older adults. We continue to follow best practices- background checking, training, and pre-screening volunteers to minimize physical proximity and risk, while delivering sustenance to doorsteps.
With the need growing each day, support for our nimble model is critical to mitigate the pandemic’s toll on Colorado’s older communities. We are on a shrinking list of nonprofits still able to bring on new older members. With your support, we will continue to grow our impact and make sure older adults don’t go hungry, as safely as we can.
A Little Help is a community. We’re in this together. Our small, mighty team is humbled to be working to save lives and fortunate to be on this journey with each of you. If you need a little help, even if you have more often been a volunteering member in the past, please let us know. If you can contribute, please support your neighbors.
On March 23, Mayor Hancock issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order for the City and County of Denver, effective until Friday, April 10th. A Little Help qualifies as an essential service and is still operating under this new order in Denver and in all our geographic service areas. The volunteer work we are doing is essential for our older adults. Yesterday, Governor Polis advised older adults, as the most vulnerable population during this pandemic, to remain indoors unless they need medical attention. We are our older adults’ lifeline to groceries, medications, and social connection.
We have been overwhelmed with the number of existing and new volunteers who are helping us support our older adults while they stay in their homes. What a wonderful demonstration of giving and community spirit. We are working hard to match volunteers with those who need them most.
And whether or not you are able to volunteer for errands or are making calls from your home, please consider contributing to A Little Help. Now is the most important time for our model to maintain and expand its capacity so we can help more older adults access necessities and enjoy neighborly connections.
Some important points from Mayor Hancock's order:
- Food pantries, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and emergency food providers are considered essential services and allowed to continue their operations and programs, especially around deliveries and pick-up options for the food insecure.
- Residents are allowed to leave their homes for groceries, medical supplies, doctor visits, and to check in on vulnerable residents who might need help.
- Restaurants are still able to serve food for take-out, delivery, and drive-thru.
- Physical Distancing Requirements include all of the following: (1) Maintaining at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals; (2) washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer when hand-sinks are not available; covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands); (3) regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; and (4) not shaking hands.
Thank you for being part of the solution with A Little Help.