The idea for the Iowa City COVID-19 Errand-ers — a volunteer organization that has formed to deliver groceries and run errands for those most at-risk for COVID-19 — started with a tweet. Or, really, a couple of tweets.
Allie Stutting, a senior at the University of Iowa, read a tweet about an older woman who handed someone cash outside of a grocery store and asked them to buy groceries for her, due to her fear of catching COVID-19. This made Stutting worry about her own grandparents, and anyone who was afraid of running errands or leaving the house due to the higher risks that older adults and those with underlying medical conditions face. She didn't want anyone exposing themselves to the virus because they didn't have anyone to ask for help running an errand.
“Between those two small moments and all of these precautions coming out, I put a tweet out saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be so cool if we created a network of volunteers in Iowa City to help those who would otherwise be afraid to leave their houses?’” Stutting said.