BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a new platform for people who want to volunteer to help their senior neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Mayor Walsh's office, the Good Neighbors platform connects "older, at-risk individuals with volunteers in their community to fulfill basic needs including door-step deliveries."
"We are seeing the best of Boston with residents looking for ways to volunteer and support those in need," said Mayor Walsh on Friday. "This new volunteer platform will help organize and activate volunteers looking to help seniors who need things like groceries, medication, or just a good old fashioned phone call check-in."
The platform is a joint effort between the Mayor's office, the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Age Strong Commission, and Nesterly.
A statement says any "older Bostonian (or someone on their behalf)" can now submit a request, either by phone, online or email, for "delivery of groceries or a prepared meal, a wellness check-in call, or a written correspondence" from a volunteer.
All Good Neighbor volunteers go through a background check and receive guidance regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety protocols when completing deliveries.
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