New Service Pairs High Risk Individuals with Low Risk Volunteers
Jennifer Lewerenz | Apr 17, 2020 AT 5:47 am
(KNSI) - Many people considered in the high-risk category for contracting COVID-19 may not be able to leave home due to fears of the extreme effects of the disease.
A new service started by Hennepin County Commissioner and former gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson is working to alleviate some of those problems.
Northstar Neighbor started at the beginning of April, and pairs up high-risk individuals who need help with low-risk volunteers. The volunteer can help by picking up groceries and supplies or simply talking to their high-risk match during this difficult time.
Johnson says, “we don’t know for sure what the next few weeks or few months will look like for us, but our hope will be that any of the connections we make now will continue on their own.”
He believes that after things “start to go back to normal,” there may be a need to adapt the service into something slightly different.
High-risk people who need help and low-risk people who want to volunteer can sign up for the free service on Northstar Neighbor’s website or by calling 612-430-8899.