Posted by Greig N
Hi all, we hope you are keeping safe and well during this challenging time!
In This Together is a community-led, community-driven organisation that seeks to identify needs in times of crisis and then find ways to meet those needs within the local community.
Having completed our first meeting just a few hours before the NZ Government announced that we would be moving to Level 4, we have been busily trying to put in place the right structure for meeting the needs of our community. We have been developing a website, receiving registrations from volunteers and hearing from people in the community that are looking for some assistance. We have also been talking extensively with FreshChoice to work out what we can do to support the good work they are doing.
How can I help?
If you would like help get this project underway we would love to hear from you. There are four main ways in which you can assist In This Together:
Register as a volunteer to provide remote support for an isolated person or household.
Register as a volunteer to provide in-person support such as collecting shopping order
Help develop content for the website
Become a Street Captain and help us to identify households that may need information and assistance.
To get involved, please visit inthistogether.org.nz
Over the last two weeks, FreshChoice has implemented a new online ordering system, employed a driver, secured a temporary vehicle and added to staff numbers to make up the online orders. This is an amazing effort considering the extreme pressures being faced by Steve, Chantal and their staff.
ITT aims to provide assistance where we can to help the community in making the most of the new ordering options available. On our website we will add useful updates and information to save residents needing to contact FreshChoice directly. Each time the phone rings, that makes it just that little bit harder to get orders out of the door. We will also be helping to coach people who are unfamiliar with online ordering and collecting Click and Collect orders for households that are in isolation.
FreshChoice has made a generous donation of $3,000 to ITT to support the community. ITT recognises the outstanding contribution that FreshChoice is making as our community confronts this crisis, yet another example of FreshChoice’s long-standing support of Omokoroa.
Update on activities
At the time of writing, we have received more than 70 offers of assistance. 20 of these offers have been followed up with a registration form. This form is important – the information provided allows ITT to:
Carry out a safety check
Match the right volunteer with the right person in need of help
If you have volunteered but have not yet completed a form, please do so now.
We have commenced the first few volunteer activities in our community. The Committee is debriefing volunteers to gather their thoughts on the process and will continue to develop guidelines.
Do you need help?
Please visit www.inthistogether.org.nz or call 07 80 80 678.