Dylan Vohra was inspired to get involved with THS after seeing a Facebook post soliciting new volunteers.
“Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, I have been trying to think of ways to help our community and when I saw a Teens Helping Seniors Facebook post looking for volunteers, I was so excited to get involved,” he said.
Dylan and his sister Hanna Vohra have been making deliveries for THS for around a month, completing ten deliveries for seniors at The Grand, an apartment community in North Bethesda.
“It is very rewarding to see the excitement and sincerity in the seniors’ expressions when we deliver the groceries. Each time we deliver [them], the seniors show their gratitude and are very thankful for THS.”
Outside of volunteering for THS, Dylan has been a lacrosse player for over ten years. Team efforts are important to him and he urges the importance of spreading the word about THS to help limit the exposure of COVID-19 to seniors.
“Teens Helping Seniors is a great way to get involved with your community during these crazy times,” he said.
Jacob Kaplan-Davis originally got involved with THS after seeing an Instagram post on one of his friend’s stories promoting the newly-started volunteer organization.
“I have always loved helping others and recognizing that not many teenagers can drive, I saw a unique opportunity for me to help others,” he said.
So far, Kaplan-Davis has been making several deliveries each week as well as creative brainstorming ways to expand THS, like the idea of creating flyers to hand out to seniors at grocery stores to inform them of the organization. “It has been incredibly rewarding to be able to help members of my community. The seniors who I have helped have been so grateful and appreciative,” he said.
In addition to volunteering with THS, Kaplan-Davis has also been printing mask straps for doctors on his 3-D printer, donating over 200 to John Hopkins University Hospital (see photo). He wants to encourage others to get involved in supporting their community.
“Right now our communities need our help more than ever, and if you are fit and able to do so, I urge you to volunteer with THS or find other ways to help.”