New Service Lends a Helping Hand — and Needs Volunteers


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Volunteers Deliver Necessary Supplies to Most Vulnerable Neighbors

 

Helping Hands Communitya new nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those most at-risk for COVID-19, announced its expansion to the Phoenix region. Helping Hands connects people who are sheltering in place with able-bodied volunteers to offer free, safe, and secure delivery of essential goods, such as groceries and prescriptions. 

 

The organization, launched in the Bay Area just a few weeks ago, has already made more than 1500 deliveries to vulnerable individuals, including older adults, households experiencing food insecurity, and those with pre-existing health conditions. Other cities where the organization has grown rapidly include Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago.

 

The effort has now launched across Arizona, Willing volunteers and people needing delivery help can connect by signing up at https://helpinghands.community/.  

 

Helping Hands was founded by Jeff Miller, a former Uber executive, and Pedram Keyani, previously of Uber and Facebook. Miller recognized the need for this type of volunteer initiative after talking to his mother, who lives in Carefree, Arizona. 

 

“We are proud to expand Helping Hands to the Phoenix region, and to support those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through our free, contactless delivery and errand service,” said Jerff Miller, CEO of Helping Hands. “My mom, who lives in north Scottsdale near Carefree, is immunocompromised having had rheumatoid arthritis since she was 14. Her inability to get groceries delivered inspired me to start Helping Hands, so I’m especially excited to grow our footprint here. With Arizona cases surging in the past week, it’s more important than ever to provide residents with a reliable, and convenient way to shelter in place while still getting what they need to stay safe and comfortable.”

 

In addition to serving those most at-risk, Helping Hands also is available to caregivers and nurses who need help running errands between shifts. 

 

photo courtesy of Getty Images/iStockphotos

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