High-Risk Match Program
Columbus COVID-19 Match wants to help neighbors who are at risk of COVID-19. We pair healthy young adults with older adults in the community who need help over the next few weeks. If you are younger than 60 years old with low-risk factors for getting COVID-19, sign up today to be paired with an older adult or high risk community member.
I NEED A MATCH
I am over 60 or High Risk.
or call us at (614) 653-7505.
It's okay to ask for help, that's why we're neighbors!
Matching those volunteers who are under 60, at low-risk, and healthy with elders or others who are high-risk in our community who need to maintain social distancing as a result of the
These volunteers live in your community and want to help you by getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, and checking in every couple of days.
We care deeply about you and want you to remain healthy. Sign up today to receive a COVID-19 Match!
For more information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, view:
I WANT TO HELP
I am under 60, low-risk, and healthy!
Be a friend. Be a neighbor. Be a helper.
The Greater Columbus area is full of loving, compassionate and kind people. During this time of social distancing, many elder and high risk members of your community are going to need assistance getting critical supplies while refraining from being in large public spaces.
It is our hope to match those of you who are under 60, at low-risk for COVID-19, and healthy with elder members and neighbors in your community who are high-risk so that you can support them through this. You can help your neighbors by picking up groceries or prescriptions, delivering a homemade meal, or simply being intentional about checking in every couple of days.
We are preparing for the potential of a community outbreak of COVID-19 in Greater Columbus area by identifying healthy young adults (whose risk factors are low) who are willing to be paired with an elder or an individual who is at high risk in our community in order to coordinate the delivery of essential supplies if/when needed. We also want to encourage regular check-ins with these elders by phone or other electronic means.
This matching program is being organized by private citizens for the benifit of those in our community. For any additional questions, please email columbusCOVID19match@gmail.com
HOW IT WORKS
Here is how the program works in 3 quick steps!
Sign up on this site! If you are an elder or at risk, hop on the form above under "I NEED A MATCH". If you are a young(-ish), healthy, and have no exposures, sign up under that tab above! Then wait, and the system will try to match you up based on location around the city (no guarantees).
The system will match you up and send you an email of who you are matched with! If, for any reason, you aren't comfortable with how the match worked out, please email us and we can trouble-shoot. Please remember that this is a time-sensitive crisis and is a free service done with community in mind!
BE A NEIGHBOR!
Discuss your needs and concerns during this COVID crisis. If an elder needs groceries or prescriptions or just a friendly voice, be there for them. Most importantly, DO NOT RISK EXPOSURE. If you feel sick or are exposed to the virus, please reach out to the Hamilton County Health Dept and let someone here at The Match know that you or your elder/ high-risk partner need to be re-matched.
We take the privacy of your personal information very seriously and we will only use the data that you provide to match you with a COVID-19 Match that also lives in your community. Once we have made a match you will receive an email or a phone call with contact information for your COVID-19 Match. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to send us an email at columbusCOVID19match@gmail.com.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Once a match is made, you and your COVID-19 Match will take complete ownership of the process. The idea behind Columbus COVID-19 Match is to connect vulnerable people to those who are at low risk for COVID-19 that are willing and able to help in this time of recommended social distancing. When you meet your match what you do and how often you do it is completely up to you.
Some Recommended Ideas:
- Call every couple of days to check in
- Make a homemade card
- Offer to pick up groceries or prescriptions
- Deliver a homemade meal
THE LEGAL STUFF
Please keep in mind that this initiative is being run by private citizens. We do not have the funds or the capacity to run background checks or screen participants beyond a friendly phone call or email. We are trusting that the people of the Greater Columbus area will continue to be good, honest, and kind to one another. By completing the sign up form to be matched you agree that you accept all risk and responsibility and further hold any facilitator associated with Columbus Match harmless.
Thank you to Louisville and Cinncinati + NKY COVID19 Match for the idea and wonderful website organization.