This information is as up-to-date as possible. Please email Maggie Sanders, office@rsvpgrandjunction.org, with changes. Last updated 7/31/20. 
Our agencies have been adjusting operations to ensure their clients continue to receive the support they need and to reach those residents with newly-arisen needs. We ask that you contact the agency directly if you would like to donate your time.
 
 

How can you help through RSVP's agencies?

Volunteers Needed:

Description*:

Contact/Drop-off:

Community Food Bank

  1. Low-risk volunteers to help sort, pack, and bag/box food to distribute to clients.
  2. NEW Request! Egg cartons. Dozens are best as they allow us to disperse the bulk eggs to that many more households but will take the 18s, too. 

 

foodbankgj.org or

970-640-0336
For egg carton donations, please ask for Renee Jones.

Family Health West in Fruita

  1.  Sew fabric face masks. Follow these links for sewing instructions: instructables.com/diy-cloth-face-mask and buttoncounter.com/facemask-a-picture-tutorial

 

Drop-off location:

228 North Cherry Street, Fruita, in the front corridor

Grand Valley Catholic Outreach

  1. Low-risk volunteers to help in the soup kitchen preparing to-go orders.
  2. Food pantry specialist.*
  3. Very low-risk volunteers in the Day Center, mostly to distribute mail, answer phones, and perform clean-up. Must be comfortable with close contact with clients.*
  4. Masks needed

 

Ellen Reimer:                   970-241-3658

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley

  1. Masks needed.
  2. Meals needed.

 

Sundae Montgomery:

Mesa County Public Health

  1. Help ensure your older and higher-risk neighbors have the support they need. Find suggestions here.
  2. Hotline volunteers needed to schedule COVID-19 testing, etc. See flyer.

 


Habitat for Humanity

  1. Volunteers needed for construction of homes.*

 

Construction foreman Kostas:

(970)778-5611 

HopeWest & Hospice

  1. Face masks with the following specs: Ear Loop Surgical Masks, Latex-free. Ideally, ASTM Level 3, Filtration Efficiency of 98%+

 

Drop-off location: HopeWest Hospice Care Center, 3050 North 12th Street, GJ. M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

VA in Grand Junction
  1. Masks needed. 
Tami Bunch:
City of Fruita
  1. Volunteers needed for a new Senior Helper program.
See this flyer.
St. Mary's Medical Center   
  1. Cloth masks needed. See this flyer.
To donate:
DeannaColaizzi@sclhealth.org

St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center

  1. Blood donation (always needed).

 

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 970-298-2555

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) and Mesa County RTPO
  1. NEW Request! Calling all Bogarts, Bacalls, and Bacons! Older adult volunteers needed to appear in a commercial and in a series of educational videos! Hurry: filming is July 10th!
Sarah Brooks: sarah.brooks@mesacounty.us or 970-244-1830

*See this flyer for volunteer position descriptions. 

How can you get help?

Items/Services/Information:

Details:

How?

Community Food Bank

Any Mesa County resident can receive a food box 1x/week during the COVID-19 outbreak. Proxy pick-ups allowed for those in isolation or without transportation. Proxies must supply the following client info: Full name, DOB, ZIP, whether client needs pet food, and household size, including adults and children (boxes are packed based on family size).

Pick-up available at 562 W. Crete Ave., Ste. 102., GJ. M, T, Th 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Meals on Wheels Mesa County

In operation, with the following changes: dining sites are pick-up only (not dine-in). Drive-thru only sites are set up at the Senior Rec Center, Fruita Rec Center, and Palisade Community Center.

Contact: 970-243-9844

SD 51 Emergency Meal Program

All Mesa County children 18 years and under have access to daily nutritious meals through this program, in partnership with Lunch Lizard and Kids Aid. Find more information here

See this schedule.

Grocery Stores/Other Essential Stores

Many local stores have set aside specific days and times for higher-risk residents to shop. These days and times vary by store, but are typically in the mornings. This allows these residents to shop in a store that was cleaned and sanitized the evening before, touching products and surfaces that have not been touched since the cleaning. Also, see the link below for tips on how to safely bring home your groceries during the pandemic.

Contact your preferred store for these times.

Local Restaurants**

Local restaurants need our support! Many have chosen to  re-open, adjusting operations to ensure social distancing. **Due to the transition to Safer at Home, restaurants are beginning to offer dine-in services on a limited basis.

**Contact your favorite restaurant for current operations. 

City of Fruita/Fruita Community Center

City of Fruita has begun a Senior Helper Program. See this flyer if you'd like support from the program.

Check out the current Fruita Senior Community Update for valuable local resources...and FUN!

 

Grand Valley Transportation (GVT)

In operation, with some adjustments. Find information here.

 

Mesa County Libraries See this newsletter for an update on operations.  

Alzheimer’s Association

The office is closed, but they can still help. Find information here, here, here and here.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore  The ReStore is open for shopping and donation drop-off! See the ReStore Facebook page and web page.

AARP

For AARP news, see this link.

 

RSVP SHIP Medicare Project

Conducting client appointments by phone.

Call 970-200-4616.

Center for Independence This flyer will help explain COVID-19 to those with disabilities. Also, please see this information to help your blind or vision-impaired neighbors and friends.  

Aging and Disability Resources for CO (ADRC) Administered by Hilltop

Having trouble finding help? Contact ADRC, who may be able to help.

Call 2-1-1.

Grand Junction Mutual Aid

A local Facebook group exchanging needed items and information.

Grand Junction Mutual Aid A local Facebook group exchanging needed items and information. Join the Facebook group.

Colorado Crisis Hotline

You are not alone!

1-844-493-8255 or text "Talk" to 38255

 Administration on AgingFor information and resources https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Search_Results.aspx 800-677-1116
Additional things for you to know*:
  • Look at what Family Eldercare in Texas is doing to combat social isolation, Family Eldercare offers a phone-based program that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home: Lifetime Connections Without Walls (LCWW). Lifetime Connections Without Walls is a telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country. They offer social and educational sessions, support groups, and friendly conversation, all from the comfort of home. You can join this program, regardless of your county or state of residence. You need only have a landline telephone or a cell phone. During this time of the COVID19 virus, they have waived the fee for this program.

    In addition to social and educational sessions, they will be adding special programming on COVID-19 for seniors. LCWW is open to persons ages 55+.

    For more information about the Lifetime Connections Without Walls or Family Eldercare you can contact Family Eldercare at (512) 450-0844 or visit https://www.familyeldercare.org/programs/lifetime-connections-without-walls/.

  • Those with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs, have a very high fatality risk from coronavirus because of their weak respiratory system.

    Mesothelioma.net is dedicated to providing the best in online assistance and mesothelioma support. Patients and caregivers alike can stay up-to-date on all things asbestos and mesothelioma through their current news feed or extensive base of health articles. Learn more about asbestos awareness and safetyemotional coping, treatment options and procedures, veteran support, and much more.

  • Don't open any emails purporting to contain COVID-19 information unless they come from a trusted source. Scammers are using these emails to spread electronic viruses and phish for your information.

  • Per the CDC, no vaccine is yet available for the virus. Do not respond to anyone claiming via email or telephone that they can help you get vaccinated.
*RSVP does not specifically endorse non-partner agencies or businesses. However, the resources posted here may be useful to Mesa County residents.