Young people volunteer to help seniors during pandemic

Posted at 5:34 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 17:34:01-04

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — They call themselves Invisible Hands Deliver.

They are a grass roots group of generation Z folks who don’t want to get too close but want to help fellow New Yorkers.

“I was feeling really inspired by all the doctors and nurses and healthcare professionals who are risking their lives working on the front lines tirelessly,” Liam Elkind, the co-founder of Invisible Hands Deliver, told PIX11 News.

The 20-year-old was on his spring break from junior year at Yale and looking for a way he could help out during this COVID-19 crisis.

Elkind saw a Facebook post from a friend, Simone Policano, looking for volunteers. And with that friend created Invisible Hands Deliver, bringing together young healthy millennials and gen zers to deliver groceries and supplies to older, more vulnerable neighbors during this “stay at home“ social distancing time.

“What if we developed a system where we could match young, healthy people with those who cannot leave their house right now,” Elkind said.

Invisible Hands Deluver has grown to more than 10,000 volunteers and has raised more than $50,000 in donations from around the world.

For 18-year-old Wyatt Hill, it is just a great way to help out his upper west side, more fragile neighbors.

“What I’ll do is I get an orde , I go to the store or the pharmacy and drop it off by the front door,” Hill said.

And for Liam Elkind, who is single, he’s made some unexpected older friends who are looking out for him in unexpected ways.

“I made this one delivery to this one woman. We hit it off,” Elkind told PIX11 News. “Afterward, she emailed me a picture of her granddaughter and said we should go on a date. That was fun,” he joked.

Invisible Hands Deliver is always looking for more volunteers and recipients of their efforts. You can go to their website to sign up.