Over the course of a week our daily lives have changed immensely, and there will be more change to come in the coming days and weeks. In these uncertain times it’s important to come together as a community and help each other when we can. We are putting together a list of resources, both for people who are looking for help and those willing and able to give it. This list will be updated as we hear about more resources so check back for the latest info.
Locally, the Winchester Town Hall is the hub for information on how COVID-19 is affecting services in town. Visit https://www.winchester.us/566/COVID-19 for the latest, and sign up for Winchester Aware to be alerted by email / text on new developments.
Winchester Got Lunch, Council for Social Concern and EnKa Society are working with Winchester Public Schools to make sure ALL families who need some extra help can access food while the schools are closed. You can help by donating here - https://winchestergotlunch.org/donate/
Medford is also hosting information relating to the coronavirus outbreak on the city’s website, including a list of food resources and local restaurants and cafe’s offering take-out and delivery. Go to http://www.medfordma.org/
Boston.com have launched an initiative called #bostonhelps to link individuals needing help or support with someone in their local area who can help. Go to https://www.boston.com/boston-helps to sign up. They also have a list of organizations serving people in need of food.
Here are also some very basic suggestions for you to consider to (safely) help your immediate community -
- Check in on neighbors (pop a note through their door or use this template) - offer to fetch groceries or medications and leave on their doorstep
- FaceTime or Skype other family members, especially if they are older and concerned about meeting in person. This way they can still feel connected without risking infection.
- Consider buying a gift card to a local store or restaurant that you can use at a later date - this could help them pay their bills in the short term.
- Nursing homes and other facilities are closing to visitors - ask the kids to write a letter to a resident or color a picture that you can mail to the home to brighten their day.