Mayor David Martin and Board of Representatives President Matthew Quinones announced today Stamford Together — a citywide volunteer program to help support the emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“During this crisis, many residents in this city are willing to help others,” said Mayor David Martin. “This initiative will highlight the strength of our community during difficult times and it is an example of what makes Stamford the strong and unified city that it is.
“In order to ensure our community is doing everything in its power to combat the severe threat COVID-19 represents, we are launching a citywide volunteer program,” said Board of Representatives President Matthew Quinones. “We seek to leverage our nonprofit community and our residents to support these emergency response efforts in a safe, efficient, and productive manner. My hope is through these efforts our community will band together and ensure we are providing the necessary services for all our residents.”
The Stamford Together volunteer program is actively recruiting volunteers to support five initiatives:
Senior Outreach Program will establish positive contact with the Stamford senior population, 70 years of age or older, to ensure basic needs are being addressed: food, medicine, medical support, etc. the program is seeking volunteers who wish to help make phone calls to seniors in Stamford. The initiative is being organized by volunteer co-directors Robin Druckman and Lauren Meyer.
Stamford Public Schools Grab and Go Program has provided grab and go meals for anyone under the age of 18 at sites throughout the City. The program is in need of adult volunteers to hand out prepared breakfasts and lunches the week of April 6-10 during the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
This initiative is being organized by the Stamford Public Education Foundation.
Testing Site Volunteer Program will provide assistance to the several COVID-19 testing sites the City has launched throughout the community. There is a need to expand the number of volunteers to support the operations of this effort which include managing traffic, distributing supplies, etc.
This volunteer initiative is being led by City Representative Benjamin Lee and being supported by volunteers from Stamford’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.
The Resident Delivery Program seeks to provide volunteer drivers to help existing food delivery service providers, ensuring that quarantined members of the community have access to all necessary supplies, through a citywide delivery program. The initiative will seek to work collaboratively with existing nonprofit providers and establish any gaps in services.
The management of this effort is being organized by the United Way of Western Connecticut.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of community-based groups of volunteers and medical and public health professionals who assist their communities in activities that promote and strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds.
Individuals seeking to sign up to volunteer or find out more information on the Stamford Together initiative can visit our website at www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether. Residents may also call the Stamford Together volunteer phone line at 203-977-5850 which will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday