People can be really awesome – and over the past few days on social media, we’ve seen some Boulder City residents step up and offer to help others who may need to isolate due to the Coronavirus concerns. Which is fantastic! But I was pondering how to get the word out to an older population that may or may not be social media savvy. This morning, I found a possible answer.
First, let’s give credit where it’s due, which is why you’re looking at this screen shot above. This is from ‘over the pond’ in the UK, where this one woman Becky Wass started this program in her village, and that effort has now gone global. So – why not join in for Boulder City?
You can PRINT OUT THIS CARD HERE. Then those who are willing, able and in the lower COVID-19 risk groups can help our seniors around town who may soon need to self-isolate. Print the form, (as many as you like), fill it out and put it into your neighbors mailboxes, deliver to their doorstep, or however.
Here’s why this matters, locally.
Not only does this give us all something practical to do, and it’s wonderful, warm, caring, compassionate and awesome beyond words, but there is another truth here: folks, our Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Emergency Aid and Lend A Hand do a lot of great work here in town, pumping in hundreds of collective volunteer hours each month to help out those in need. Many of which are seniors.
But the volunteers at these organizations themselves – are also heavily made up of our senior population. In other words, our primary caregivers out there in the community, will also potentially be at high risk. That means younger folks with stronger immune systems and who are less likely to experience more severe illnesses may need to step up and help fill the gap.
This is not intended in any way to be fear-mongering. This is just an honest examination of the situation, and our volunteer community within Boulder City.
So, think about who might be higher risk in your neighborhood, and what you might be able to do to help them, even if the need is not there currently. This is being proactive and helpful to those who are at risk, and need to keep themselves safe. We’ll hope you all find this as a productive thoughtful way to help Boulder City roll through this rapidly changing situation in a safe and sane way, that only strengthens our community in the end. Stay Safe and Wash Your Hands.