January 27, 2021

Nonprofit created to rescue people during Harvey delivers food

“These are people that can’t get out of their house. So either they shouldn’t leave their house for health reasons or they don’t have transportation.”

HOUSTON — Seven months into this pandemic, and so many of our neighbors still need help. Crowdsource Rescue, a nonprofit formed during Hurricane Harvey, is pivoting from natural disasters to the national emergency.

Like so many of us, Judy Van Norman’s watched this pandemic absolutely wreck lives.

“It really is hard. You know, I think people are struggling in this particular situation that may have never struggled before,” Van Norman said. “On top of those who struggled on a day-to-day basis under good circumstances. People just need the basics. They need food. And you can help. And it’s so easy.”

Van Norman and her husband volunteer with Crowdsource Rescue.

“We started it in Hurricane Harvey. Somewhat accidentally, we started a website to organize rescues for

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Car rental service Kyte, launching in Boston, delivers the car to your door

Esteban Yepez was planning a late summer road trip when he found himself frustrated by the number of people he would have to interact with in order to get away.

a group of people riding on the back of a car: Gabe Nudel, a "Kyte Surfer" is pictured as he gives the keys to a rental car to Elissa Garza on Union Park in the South End.

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Gabe Nudel, a “Kyte Surfer” is pictured as he gives the keys to a rental car to Elissa Garza on Union Park in the South End.

Yepez doesn’t own a car, and during the pandemic he’s become far more hesitant about renting one. The idea of hopping on a train or calling a ride-hailing service to get to Logan airport, and then waiting in line at the rental desk just seemed risky, he thought, with too many ways of being exposed to COVID-19.


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“We’re already doing our best to stay away from people,” he said of himself and his husband, who were planning a trip to Lincoln, N.H.

So when he stumbled across a

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