V stands for Volunteers. V stands for Victory!
Designed from scratch as a game changer in European transport and a promoter of gender equality and sustainable mobility, the TinnGO project has adapted its vision and actions during the Covid19 crisis. The TInnGO Romanian Hub and the TIngIdLab based in Alba Iulia decided to take concrete actions by giving direct support and care to the elderly and the inhabitants with reduced mobility within the city of Alba Iulia, RO and surroundings.
People over the age of 65, city seniors, as well as people with chronic diseases or reduced mobility were considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus and the Covid19 pandemic. A quick and efficient measure was needed to help them in their isolation at home during the state of emergency period that was declared between 16 March and 14 May in Romania. We took that measure and turned it into a big voluntary campaign for helping the helpless.
Since the second half of March 2020, the representatives of Alba Iulia City Hall, the TinnGo team and our voluntary partners and stakeholders delivered food packages, basic goods or medicines needed to be able to get over the isolation period to each of those who requested help through the campaign’s special developed site or by the emergency allocated phone numbers. The requests for support were communicated from Monday to Friday between 09.00-13.00, in order to be fulfilled on the same day. The measure was intended to protect mainly citizens over the age of 65 in Alba Iulia by delivering a wide range of products, from basic foods, water, vegetables and fruits to medicines, personal and household hygiene products.
Almost 80 volunteers accepted the “challenge” launched by the Alba Iulia City Hall. The volunteers are diverse both in terms of age and in terms of professional training or social status. They were generally adults, but two young people under 18 came with their parents to volunteer activities. The campaign reached and helped over 80 vulnerable people in the city and accumulated over 670 hours of volunteering, making over 130 deliveries to seniors and people with locomotor disabilities.
Even if the emergency state is officially over in Romania and has turned into an alert state since 15 May, our actions will continue in the next months.