LEXINGTON, Ky. — Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath launched a statewide initiative today to help increase access to necessary household supplies for vulnerable Kentuckians.
“The spread of the coronavirus has upended everyday life for all of us,” said McGrath, who is running for U.S. Senate. “With no clear timeline on how long the impact will continue, it’s important for community members to come together and support our elderly and those whose health is compromised. For those of us who are healthy and unencumbered, it’s a time to prioritize the most vulnerable, not just in our thoughts, but also actions.”
Commonwealth, Common Health aims to match healthy Kentuckians looking for a way to serve their communities with vulnerable Kentuckians who need assistance accessing household items through an online portal.
Anyone who is over 18, has a valid driver’s license and meets other background requirements will be able to sign up to match with community members who are over 55, immunocompromised, or living with someone who is immunocompromised, and help them acquire supplies like food and household items. Those who need financial assistance will also be able to apply, and local food banks can sign up to help meet local needs.
The campaign has suspended scheduled community events and direct voter contact around the state in an effort to curb the spread of the virus and will utilize staff and volunteers to implement this initiative.
“We have been in communication with local leaders and officials and they are saying this is the greatest need right now,” McGrath said. “We’re ready to do all we can to keep our neighbors and communities safe. We’re all on duty when our nation and our community calls.”
The Commonwealth, Common Health portal can be found at https://amymcgrath.com/commonhealth.
If you feel yourself showing symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, trouble breathing), contact your local KY health department. Visit the official CDC site and the Kentucky Department of Public Health for updates on how to stay safe and on how COVID-19 is affecting your community.