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Expanded Services

  • Covid-19 Expanded Services As an Essential Business defined by the local Shelter in Place directive, Whistlestop continues to serve our members and community members in a variety of ways. Below is a list of services still in operation, and ways you can help.

CURRENTLY OPERATING WHISTLESTOP SERVICES

  • Home Delivered Meals. We are significantly expanding our Whistlestop Nourish and Meals on Wheels home meal delivery services, working closely with the County to identify individuals in need. In order to support our 65+ volunteers who need to shelter in place, we are using our paid drivers and Whistlestop vehicles to make weekly home meal deliveries. For those that would like to sign up for meals for themselves or a loved one, call 415-456-9062 x176 or fill out this application: NOURISH APPLICATION
  • Marin Access Paratransit services continue to provide daily, pre-scheduled, door-to-door bus transportation in Marin County for people with disabilities. Drivers are disinfecting their vehicles three times per shift and responding to specific ridership health concerns. Call 415-454-0964 to schedule a ride.
  • Free Volunteer Rides. Whistlestop’s CarePool program that provides rides for older adults and people with disabilities, is still in operation and providing rides to vital medical appointments and to the grocery store to shop at the new special hours for older adults. CarePool volunteer drivers are being instructed to follow proper sanitation guidelines. To schedule a ride, call 415-454-0927.
  • Food pantry. Whistlestop’s Brown Bag Pantry program that offers free fresh produce, meats and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank to Marin residents every Friday – has modified its program by handing out pre-packed bags of food to avoid large indoor crowds. There is no longer queuing- people are given their groceries as soon as they arrive. The program now begins at 10:00am on Friday mornings at the Whistlestop Active Aging Center. Call 415-456-9062 with questions.
  • Fresh, Nutritious, takeout meals for $6 from the Jackson Café. Fresh meals are being prepared daily and are being sold through our front door at the Active Aging Center M-F 11:30am – 1:00pm. Click here to view the menu. We are also currently looking into the possibility of using our drivers to deliver these meals to folks who want to purchase them but are unable to leave their homes to pick them up. Call 415-456-9062 with questions.
  • CaringCalls Program. We are supporting physical distancing but not social distancing. We want to ensure older adults who are confined to their homes do not become socially isolated. We are launching a new program, CaringCalls, where high school students call older adults for a social visit. After we pilot this, we hope to expand the program throughout the County and beyond Whistlestop members. Call 415-456-9062 with questions, to sign up to receive calls, or to learn more about becoming a volunteer with this social calling program.
  • Grocery Access. Through our CarePool volunteer driver program, we are providing transportation for older adults to and from select grocery stores during their new special older adult hours. In addition, our drivers and vehicles are delivering groceries to select individuals in need. Call 415-457-INFO (4636) to see if you qualify for free groceries.
  • Transportation for homeless adults. We are working with the County to provide transportation for homeless adults to local motels.
  • Resource Referrals. Our team of caring staff is available to answer questions about resources. Please call 415-456-9062 instead of the regular Resource Office number during this time. We strongly recommend the County’s information line as the best source of information and referrals: 415-457-INFO (4636).

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

    • Donations. We are seeking donations to our new Expanded Services Fund to help us grow the essential programs described above during this time of expanded need. To make a donation visit our Donate page and choose the Expanded Services Fund from the drop-down menu.
    • CarePool Drivers. We are currently seeking volunteers under the age of 65 to provide rides to older adults who need to get to vital medical appointments and to the grocery store. Please email carepool@whistlestop.org or call 415-456-9062 x103 to learn about volunteering for CarePool.
    • Share on Social Media. Post about any of the above services on your social media feeds to share this important information.
    • Volunteer for CaringCalls Program. If you are a high school student and want to learn more about how you can decrease social isolation for your older neighbors during this time of physical distancing, call 415-456-9062 learn more about becoming a volunteer with this new social calling program.
    • Volunteer update: During this time, our volunteer needs are a bit different than usual. For updated information about our current volunteer needs, please visit our Volunteer page.