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Mid-Valley Volunteers Start 'Corona Helpline' Delivery Service

Apr 15, 2020

A local grocery shopper dons her mask and gloves before heading inside Whole Foods Market in Willits. Roaring Fork Valley residents worried about picking up groceries and other necessities can call the Corona Helpline volunteer delivery service.
Credit Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

A group of 40 mid-valley volunteers have started the “Corona Helpline” pickup and delivery service. Outgoing Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt is the lead organizer. 

“I think folks will initially ask their friends or family to help them, but not everybody has that,” Whitsitt said. “We’ve had a great response from the people that we have helped.” 

 

Whitsitt said they’ve gotten about a dozen calls so far, mostly requests to deliver food and pharmacy prescriptions to at-risk residents and people who are sick and quarantining. She said they do their best to help everyone who calls, including those who aren’t able to pay. 

“We had a volunteer drive through the food bank for somebody who was quarantined, and also had no money,” she said. “They picked up a box of food over at the Basalt Middle School and took it to them at their house.” 

 

A line of grocery shoppers waiting six-feet apart outside of City Market in Aspen. Roaring Fork Valley residents worried about picking up groceries and other necessities can call the Corona Helpline volunteer delivery service.
Credit Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

Whitsitt said the volunteer group follows a strict safety protocol that was given to them by Basalt physician Dr. Glenn Kotz

“We really want to help people, so don't hesitate to call us,” she emphasized. “We may not answer on the first ring, but we’ll call you back within an hour or so.” 

While the volunteers are based in the mid-valley, Whitsitt said they’re happy to deliver to Glenwood Springs or Aspen. To reach the Corona Helpline, call 970-230-1974.