Community Help Effort Launched

The local group 50 Ways Rockbridge has started a community effort to match those in need during this COVID-19 crisis with community volunteers who want to help.

After its launch a week ago, the effort has already accrued 98 volunteers. The number of people reg

The number of people registered to give help currently outweighs the number of people registered to receive help, though, so the organization is encouraging those in need to take advantage of their resources.

By calling (801) 609- HELP, or emailing 50waysrockbridge@gmail.com, community members can get their needs met. The organization will deliver groceries, run errands, and provide company or daily check-ins for people who are home alone.

“But we’re willing to take any request,” 50 Ways Rockbridge member Ann Olson said. “We’ll try to figure out if there’s a way we can do it — and we have protocols in place to make sure that the volunteers are doing this in a way that protects everyone.”

Olson said that there are a lot of volunteers who are eager to help with big and small projects. For instance, the organization is happy to set up volunteers with those that are lonely at home and need companionship.

Online, the group has set up a community help page at https://w.50waysrockbridge. org/covid-19-lex-rockbridgeresources, from which people can click the “GET HELP” and/or the “GIVE HELP” link and fill out a short form. The group will monitor the forms and try to match requests for help with offers of help. Wherever possible, the coordinators will match those desiring help with existing governmental or nonprofit help lines, such as the Rockbridge Area Relief Association.

In addition, the group has started a Facebook group, Rockbridge Community Aid Covid-19, as an online place to share information and resources.

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