The foundations of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple Senior Outreach Network were laid a couple of days after Santa Clara County issued its Shelter-in-Place order. By that Sunday, over forty volunteers from Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s Adult Buddhist Association (ABA), Jun Daiko and the Young Adult Buddhist Association (YABA) joined the first meeting over Zoom.
There are now five regional teams and one Japanese-speaking team to support Temple members over the age of 70 with the following:
- Buying groceries and other essentials *
- Ordering meals through DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub and other meal delivery services
- Sharing in a friendly phone call
* If a senior needs help with shopping, please have them use the Shopping List template (see next page). Please note that deliveries will be made to the senior’s doorstep – our volunteers cannot enter their home and they will be maintaining physical distancing for their shared health and safety.
While we are unable to pick up or deliver prescription medicine at this time, we are recommending the NowRX service, which is a full-service pharmacy in the Bay Area that delivers within five hours, free of charge to Medicare subscribers (please no tipping either). They also accept most major insurance policies except for those from Kaiser and MediCal. Seniors can speak to a pharmacist on the phone, and their delivery drivers are HIPAA certified NowRX employees. Seniors can either enroll online or over the phone.
If urgent medical assistance is required, please call 911. Otherwise, call the relevant non-emergency helpline:
Non-Emergency Phone Numbers by City
Los Altos: 650-947-2770
Mountain View: 650-903-6395
Palo Alto: 650-329-2413
San Jose: 408-277-8911 or text 311
North (including Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, etc.)
West (including Los Altos and Los Altos Hills)
South Santa Clara County (including Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell, etc.)
MVBT Senior Outreach Network Leads