"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping" - Mr. Rogers.
RANDOLPH, NJ- They truly are everywhere.... One of the great silver linings to the chaos, fear, and uncertainty brought on by the spreading of the COVID-19 virus across the world, is the mass movement of people volunteering to help wherever and however they can.
Locally here in Randolph, it seems that around every single corner, and in between every few Facebook posts, there is another person offering help to others.
One former RHS graduate has thrown her hat into the ring of "helpers" by setting up a website designed to connect those offering help with those needing it.
"I’m calling the initiative ‘Foster a Family’, and the website I created is designed to bridge the gap between those who want to help and those who need it," said Isabel Litterst. "That way, individual needs can be met with effective and direct responses.during this time of crisis,”. “We’re all so distant right now, but we don’t have to be.”
Litterst, who is a 2017 graduate of Randolph High, has a history of volunteering through the National Honors societies while at RHS. She also volunteered as a field intern for Mikie Sherrill’s 2018 Congressional campaign.
Currently a junior at Boston College where she studies Communications and Journalism, Litterst has been forced to return to her home to Randolph, as most college students across the country have had to abandon campus because schools have shut down. Like many others are doing, she has tried to turn her sour situation into something positive.
“During this time of Social Distancing, I believe that by making personal connections we can do the most good,” said Litterst. “I want to help people ‘Look for the helpers’ as Mr. Rogers used to say. We are all facing the unexpected, and it is scary. So I propose we face it together.”
The website is: https://fosterafamily.wixsite.com/fosterafamily Litterst wants people to know that they can sign up anonymously if they prefer.