“We cover basic safety in our confirmation email with volunteers,” says Schoborg.
While medical students form the core of the program it also is open to community members and has attracted about three dozen volunteers not affiliated with UC.
Schoborg says she emphasizes to volunteers that they should not be involved if they feel sick, have a fever or have any symptoms or recent exposure to sick people. Volunteers are encouraged to shop and deliver groceries, pick up prescriptions, help seniors set up a Kroger Click list and to check on seniors every few days.
“Minimize contact by leaving groceries on the porch, in the garage, using cash apps such as Venmo to exchange money, etc. This is especially essential if your match has had any symptoms of illness,” the email states. “Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after you make any deliveries.”
Schoborg also offers some tips for seniors participating in the program.
“When your match makes deliveries to your house, wave during your visits,” the group advises seniors. “Do not shake hands, hug or make physical contact. Please remember to maintain appropriate social distancing by keeping six feet away from each other at all times.”
For individuals wanting more information, reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-327-8583.
Featured image at top: Groceries left on a porch. Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand