WILMINGTON — During these times of crisis, we’re always on the lookout for the helpers — and Neighbors 4 Neighbors are helping locally
The newly formed initiative from Local First Clinton County was created to help neighbors connect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Snarr is one of the volunteers who has been helping “chart the course” for volunteers.
“This group was created to help connect with neighbors during the pandemic to make sure no one in our community faces the crisis alone,” said Snarr.
The group matches volunteer low-risk individuals with higher-risk individuals who need support.
Once a connection is made, the matched individuals get in contact and coordinate to ensure no-contact deliveries of essential supplies are made, They also perform routine check-ins.
And, the group also helps establish a social connection between neighbors.
The group has been active in the county for about a month; churches and organizations have been willing to help.
“Right now our biggest hurdle is finding people who need help,” said Snarr.
A way the group is trying to reach out for those in need of help is by working on a possible social media campaign and reaching out to churches. But they’re also looking for those who may not have a church connection.
“A lot of people who have a church connection already have the help they need,” said Snarr. “So, we’re looking for people who may not necessarily be connected to a church or have a community of people who will help them.”
According to their website — neighbors4neighbors.org — the nationwide nonprofit stated in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
“The simple mission is to connect those in need with those who can help,” the website states. “Using a combination of resource development, collaboration with service providers, and the power of media, we empower our neighbors to use the talents, time, and money they have to help others.”
Snarr believes he’s seen the true generous nature of the community shine through with this endeavor.
“It’s really heartwarming to see how many people step forward. A lot of people are extremely busy, but no one said ‘I’m really busy’ or ‘No I don’t want to help.’ Everyone I talked to has stepped forward. It’s what you’d expect from a community like this,” said Snarr.
If anyone wishes to volunteer or knows someone in need of help, call 937-400-3220 or send an email to email@example.com; you can also visit neighbors4neighbors.org .