BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In an effort to help people in Berkeley Heights manage the COVID-19 crisis, local volunteers have set up a number for residents restricted to their homes; they can call and get answers to questions, get connected to services, help get solutions to challenges or just chat if they are feeling lonely or apart.

The group, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, set up a phone line (908) 312-2066, and an email BHHelpingNeighbors@gmail.com, for residents to contact. Township Council members are among the volunteer group taking “shifts” to answer the phones.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors worked with the Township Administrator to identify needs for services and to connect the group with efforts already underway in the Township. The group serves as the central clearinghouse for information on how/where residents can get what they need - whether it be information or services - during this public health emergency. 

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Volunteers at this hotline offer the following for Berkeley Heights residents: 

  • Connection to services for senior citizens and veterans
  • Help to get groceries or other items from stores for those who cannot/should not leave their homes under the state’s current “stay at home” order
  • Setting up regular check-in calls with people who cannot/should not leave their homes 
  • Basic information about Township services being offered
  • How residents can interact with the Township while offices are closed
  • Where to get toilet paper or paper towels (supply is for senior citizens, veterans, or laid-off service workers in Berkeley Heights only please)
  • Activities for social distancing
  • How to access physical activity programs for certain gyms remotely
  • & more

This group has connected with the following entities to help connect residents to services:

  • Township of Berkeley Heights, Administration
  • Berkeley Heights YMCA
  • Berkeley Heights Public Library
  • BH Helping Hands
  • Senior Buddies
  • Berkeley Heights Senior Citizens Club
  • Berkeley Heights Recreation Department
  • Berkeley Heights Office of Emergency Management 
  • Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board 
  • Mayor’s Wellness Campaign
  • Sage Eldercare
  • Berkeley Heights PBA
  • & more