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Virtual Community Resource Center - Connecting High-Risk Community Members In Need with Low-Risk Community Members Who Can Help

Virtual resource for isolated high-risk adults, pairing them up with low-risk adults to help run errands, daily contact via video chat, etc.

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The best messages I've seen are low-risk community members reaching out on virtual spaces to connect with older, high-risk strangers and offering to help in any way they can. Even people with families are currently stuck in isolation, and it's been lovely to see younger generations step up and offer their assistance and time, even just to provide company through video chat.  There are a lot of community groups organically organizing systems and spreadsheets for this, but it's something that could be built upon. 

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https://www.oaklandatrisk.com/ is an example, people reaching out on NextDoor as well. 

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

Checking in with my neighbors more and signing up to be a volunteer. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • No

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • Employer
  • CDC

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

What will happen next; How to deal with anxiety over what may happen next; How to alleviate psychosomatic symptoms and anxiety about health; How to safely help your community members during "shelter in place".

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

Indigenous communities and rural, low medical resource communities -- people from cities are going camping and into the wilderness without thinking about the communities that they are passing through / engaging with on the way. Resources and information for undocumented immigrants -- how to get help, will they be safe if they go to a hospital, are deportations suspended? 

What is your current profession?

Industrial Designer / Consultant

In what city are you located?

Oakland, CA

In what country are you located?

USA

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Here's some of the early submissions for how to help each other out

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-19-communication-inspiration-challenge/inspiration/helping-each-other

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-19-communication-inspiration-challenge/inspiration/justincase-the-print-template-from-neighbour-to-neighbour

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-19-communication-inspiration-challenge/inspiration/virtual-community-resource-center-connecting-high-risk-community-members-in-need-with-low-risk-community-members-who-can-help

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-19-communication-inspiration-challenge/inspiration/downloadable-flyers-to-support-self-isolators