The Cajun Navy is reaching out to the greater American community to form a pandemic response team, starting with phone call wellness checks only. There will be no in-person or personal visits at this time. Those who need to talk to someone or know someone who needs a phone wellness check are asked to complete the “Phone Call Wellness Check” form on CrowdRelief.net. Volunteers who would like to help make phone calls should use the “Volunteer in your Community” form on the website.
At this time, Cajun Navy Foundation is only seeking volunteers willing to assist with calls. The organization requires all volunteers to go through a background check, as well as complete a basic telephone interview process with Cajun Navy’s volunteer intake team. The purpose of the process is to determine if potential volunteers meet all necessary requirements.
Cajun Navy Foundation Founder Rob Gaudet said that while they will start with phone calls, CNF is not ruling out future in-person food and supply deliveries. They realize that seniors and the less able will need prescriptions picked up, food deliveries, pet supply deliveries and other at-home visits. However, for safety reasons and due to the nature of the pandemic, the relief organization is not quite ready to take on that monumental challenge.
“We believe it will be a much needed service if this isolation goes for more than another four or five days,” said Gaudet. “We are reviewing guidelines from CDC and other agencies for how we can safely engage in at home supply deliveries. Should we take that challenge on, we can assure you – we will be thorough, and safety for all involved will be our biggest priority.”
Those interested in volunteering, or those who need to request a wellness check should visit www.CrowdRelief.net.