The Tri-Valley community is pulling together to help Shelter in Place become less difficult for residents who are following the COVID-19 stay at home orders.

Groups are distributing food to those who are unable for health or age reasons to shop for groceries or prepare meals for themselves. The unsheltered population still has the resources available from Open Heart Kitchen and local churches.

Culinary Angels, in partnership with Sunflower Hill and Fertile Groundworks Garden, will be delivering “nutrient rich” organic produce to homebound community members with health challenges and to Tri-Valley Haven, as well as others in need (culinaryangels.org).

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County is continuing its meal deliveries to homebound seniors. Pleasanton councilmember Julie Testa has volunteered to help with the deliveries. More volunteers are definitely needed (alamedamealsonwheels.org).

Trivalleyhelpseniors@gmail.com has recently been formed to assist with shopping and pharmacy pickup. They also will contact seniors by phone, so they don’t feel alone. The organization already has gathered over 100 Tri-Valley volunteers.

Most grocery stores have set aside the 6-9 a.m. time period for seniors so that they can to avoid contact with younger people who may not have developed symptoms, but may be carriers.

Multiple messages on Next Door are continuing to give assistance to all homebound individuals and families needing help with shopping and errands. Even toilet paper and disinfectants have been offered.

And all over the Tri-Valley residents have been playing the “Bear Hunt Game,” a great idea for walking restless children outside, while still keeping that six-foot distance to avoid contact. Residents place stuffed bears in their windows so the children (and even their caregivers) can play along to see who spots the most bears, teddy or otherwise.

The staffs of the Cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton are working overtime to answer questions and support their communities in any way they can.

We applaud the outpouring of help for those who need assistance, and for those who just want their spirits lifted during this period in their lives. We salute all the individuals and groups who are supporting the citizens of the great Tri-Valley area in which we live.