The “Hiya Neighbor” campaign encourages Staten Islanders to check on the senior citizens in their neighborhoods, making sure they are doing OK, all the while practicing social distancing.
The Strive for Five Challenge was created as a way for New Yorkers to look out for their fellow New Yorkers, continuing social connections as we work our way through COVID-19. The challenge consists of the following: find five people who you will check-in with by phone, video, chat or social media each day for the next 30-days, with an emphasis on prioritizing people who may be isolated, live alone, are in recovery, or who are feeling anxious or fearful.
The Strive for Five Challenge reminds people to remember the key elements of empathy as they reach out to their friends and family: I am in this with you; I am not here to fix you; I am not here to feel it for you; But I AM here to feel it with you and let you know you are not alone.
“A population that really concerns us right now in the wake of this coronavirus outbreak is our elderly friends and family members, as we unfortunately know that this virus has the potential to be very dangerous to them,” noted Borough President Oddo. “We want to make sure that people have what they need right now, but can’t stress enough the importance of being as safe as possible. With that in mind, I am asking neighbors to check in with the older adults on your blocks. Give them a call, ring the bell and jump back 6 feet to say hello, do your part to make sure everything is OK. We will get through this, but we have to work together to do so.”
“COVID-19 has impacted every American in one way or another, however its effects are felt most acutely by elder Americans, particularly those who live alone. The Hiya Neighbor campaign encourages Staten Islanders to check in on those who may be struggling getting basic supplies, battling loneliness, or are just missing out on their daily activities." noted DA McMahon. "We are asking every Staten Islander to “Strive for Five,” and safely check in on five individuals who might be in need or at advanced risk from COVID-19. Thank you to Borough President Oddo for his outstanding leadership on behalf of our borough during these difficult times.”