Residents of Mt. Lebanon and Dormont are receiving assistance from a recently implemented service, Neighborhood Aid
Calls can be made to 412-253-4104 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and residents can visit neighborhoodaid.org, to be connected to volunteers who will run urgent errands, such as procuring food or prescriptions.
“The caller does not have a car. Resident recently had major surgery, has no immune system and can’t get out of the house due to COVID-19. Caller is requesting a food pantry delivery.”
That’s just one log entry from the calls coming in on the hotline at Neighborhood Aid, a service set up by Mt. Lebanon and Dormont to help residents get critical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents of the two municipalities are getting help from a large pool of volunteers.
“In this difficult time, food insecurity has skyrocketed all over the region, and we are seeing that in our communities, as well,” said Joanna Bouldin, Dormont council member. “We have residents who lost their jobs or are unable to safely leave their homes and are in desperate need of food and other essential items. I’m so grateful for our amazing team of volunteers who are willing to run to a local food pantry or grocery store to make sure their neighbors don’t go hungry.”
The service is free, although residents are expected to pay for any purchases requested.
A committee of elected officials and staff from Mt. Lebanon and Dormont started the service in mid-April in cooperation with state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon. Neighborhood Aid will be available as long as the need exists.