Errand Running Guidelines

Dear Friends,

We are so blessed to be part of a community that cares for one another. During these challenging times, it has been inspiring to see the outpouring of support and willingness to help others. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, the chesed team along with the rabbis have been considering best practices to limit everyone's exposure. We want to be able to help everyone who needs support, and at the same time, protect our community as best we can.

To that end, please see below for some updated policies relating to food/errand shopping for members in our community.

1. If you are interested in helping members procure food who are not able to do so, please complete this form (if you haven't already)

2. Please continue to let us know your needs by emailing the chesed team chesed@bethsholom.org. If you prefer, you can email the rabbis (clergy@bethsholom.org) .

3. We encourage everyone to make use of online delivery options such as Instacart, if at all possible. Going to the supermarket in person, if necessary, should be done with an abundance of caution.

4. If you are in need of groceries but you don't know how to use delivery platforms, our first and ideal option will be to facilitate this for you with the help of volunteers. Those who have volunteered to help will call to help you manage the process of online delivery.

5. If you are in need of food and cannot wait for an online delivery slot from instacart (which sometimes takes several days) then a volunteer can go shopping for you and deliver groceries to your door.

6. That volunteer should NOT be making an extra trip on your behalf. They should only volunteer if they happen to be going out for themselves.

-Beth Sholom Chesed Team