I spoke with a very generous Stamford business owner recently. I was updating the Stamford Life Restaurant Status page. He wrote me: “If you would like to call, I have some info for you but I am not sure how to deliver it.” I called. He wouldn’t let me share his name, but he did share with me what he, his customers, and many other concerned citizens are doing, modestly, to take care of those around him.
What he has reported is that this crisis has him also seeing the best in people, and he and other business owners are chipping in in ways you are unlikely to see, from just keeping their employees on the books while losing money on them, to dedicating the proceeds from certain sales to various causes, to packaging up food and supplies for our first line responders and providing it where it’s needed, to feeding people who can’t feed themselves.
Every Act Counts
And while my new friend doesn’t want the attention, he suggests that every little bit makes a difference, and sometimes your little bit will be anonymously matched, just because.
You can start simple. Buy a gift card, leave it at the counter to pay the tab of first responders. Ask if your favorite establishment is working with anyone. If they are giving back, make a donation or look at how you can be involved. Find people in your neighborhood who shouldn’t be going out, and do their shopping while you do yours.
Other Opportunities: Help StamfordMost of this is from Stamford’s COVID-19 page. This is the “Help Stamford” section. I encourage you to look a little deeper. If there’s a part that calls out to you, call out to the people making it happen and see if there’s a way for you to help. There’s always something in your ability. And maybe it’s not what’s here.
This is an especially bad time for people depressed, or stuck at home with their abusers, cut off from their families, especially during the holidays, or with young or special-needs children for who can drive a paret up a wall when the normal routine is so severely interrupted.
Your Call, Your Concern, Your Delivery,
is their Life Line
The City of Stamford is requesting donations of personal protective equipment from businesses or individuals. If you wish to donate to the City, please contact Jim Federici at JFederici@stamfordct.gov or call 203.977.4378 (office line).
The City needs a variety of equipment, including but not limited to:
- N95 masks
- Surgical masks
- Isolation gowns
- Face shields
Stamford Together, a citywide volunteer program to help support emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Volunteers can contribute to five major initiatives (click each title to sign up):
- Testing Site Volunteer Program: As the City launches more testing sites, volunteers are needed to keep these sites functional.
- Resident Delivery Program: Volunteer drivers are needed to provide delivery services to quarantined members of our community.
- Medical Reserve Corps: A national network of medical and public health professionals who assist emergency response during public health emergencies.
- Volunteer spots for Grab and Go Meals and Senior Outreach have been completely filled.
Building One Community has compiled an Amazon wish list for essential items needed for the community, including detergent, soap, and more. Residents can also donate to Building One Community’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
Food bank donations are requested for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Inspirica: from homeless to home is accepting donations and working with restaurants and grocery stores to feed the needy. To coordinate a meal delivery, or for more information, please contact Sydney DeLago at sdelago@InspiricaCT.org or (203) 388-0122.
- Governor Lamont encourages residents across the state to sign up for volunteer opportunities through https://www.ct.gov/coronavirus.
- Students and retired health care workers are encouraged to register for Connecticut’s CT Responds, a statewide volunteer management system.
- Connecticut’s American Red Cross has requested residents consider donating blood.
- Residents can donate to 4-CT, an independent nonprofit staffed by volunteers connecting and providing resources to organizations addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut.
Assistance available for residents
Person-to-Person Food assistance: Groceries and fresh produce, protein, and dairy are available to residents with income below 235% Federal Poverty Guidelines, or employees furloughed due to COVID-19.
- Please call 203.655.0048 to make an appointment.
- Visit https://p2phelps.org/ for more information.
- Stamford’s location is 425 Fairfield Avenue, Building 1, Suite 111, Stamford, CT 06902.
- Person-to-Person on Wheels mobile pantry serves Stamford neighborhoods with fresh produce, protein, dairy, tuna, beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, soups, fruits & vegetables, pasta, and rice. The mobile pantry is available at the following times and neighborhoods:
- Mondays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Yerwood Boys & Girls Club, 90 Fairfield Avenue.
- Mondays, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Stamford Manor, 26 Main Street.
- Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Ferguson Library South End, 34 Woodland Avenue.
- Tuesdays, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Shippan Place, 521 Shippan Avenue.
- Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Domus, 83 Lockwood Avenue.
- Thursdays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Building One Community, 75 Selleck Street.
Person-to-Person Emergency Financial Assistance: Caseworkers meet with clients to determine eligibility for emergency financial assistance for rent, security deposits, utilities, and small emergency expenses. Residents can call 203.655.0048.
Stamford-based SilverSource provides resources to seniors. Stamford seniors — or individuals interested in volunteering — can contact 203.324.6584. Resources include:
- Individual Assistance & Emergency Support: Serving seniors in need of housing stability or healthcare needs. Social work consultations are taken by phone.
- Prescription Deliveries: Seniors currently on the prescription program will continue to receive medications with the support of pharmacy delivery services.
- Grocery Deliveries: SilverSource has set up pop-up food pantry/distribution centers to support homebound seniors with grocery deliveries. Volunteers and staff make front door drop-offs and utilize delivery services.
- Medical Transportation: SilverSource continues to provide free transportation to essential medical appointments. A rigorous wipe-down is done of the transport vehicle between each passenger trip.
- Senior Wellness Check-ins: Staff and volunteers connect with older clients by phone to ensure they are well and reduce isolation.
Nonprofits who have a client who: 1) Uses one of the health clinics as his/her medical home 2) Does not have a primary care physician 3) Needs to be tested for COVID-19, and 4) Is unable to negotiate the internal process at the clinic, please call Maria Millan at 203.977.5676 and provide all relevant information. Clients will be provided with a waiver enabling someone else to represent him/her in securing a test or securing medical information used to support a decision not to test.