Suggestions to Safely Help Others During This Challenging Time

To our generous volunteers:

The current Coronavirus Pandemic is challenging us to protect our own health which also keeps others well. As a result, it has also brought us a new formula for social norms which require distance and isolation from family and friends — and make traditional ways of volunteering and human connection particularly challenging.   As usual, compassionate volunteers are eager to support the frontlines as much as they can. But we will get through this together!

 

THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF N.E. METRO CHICAGO’s

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Important Universal Ways to Help All Nonprofits

Quick and (Somewhat) Easy Suggestions to Help 

 

SPECIFIC VOLUNTEER CENTER NONPROFIT PARTNER REQUESTS

Please support our nonprofit partners –There are many ways volunteers can continue to safely provide help and support

The Volunteer Center of N.E. Metro Chicago contacted its nonprofit partners (featured on this website) to see if they needed any support from volunteers to help them continue their unique missions. You may find additional information about each of these nonprofits by visiting this page on our website. Whether it is financial support, food or clothing donations, meal deliveries or safe social and educational connections, below is what we have heard so far. Please contact us – info@volunteercenterhelps.org if you are aware of additional needs and nonprofits that could use volunteer help and other important assistance. We will continue to update this Guide as new needs are posted.

 

Good News Partners
GoodNewsPartners.org

If you’re in a low risk situation, this link will take you to a form where we have several opportunities to volunteer with some of our elderly and other high-risk residents: picking up groceries or medication, helping with cleaning, or even just giving them a call a few times a week to check in and chat.

If you have stable income, this link will take you to a page where you can donate specifically to help with the cost of rent for those in our community who have been furloughed or lost their jobs because of the safety precautions enacted.  We thank you in advance for any and all ways you can help.

 

Lambs Farm
Lambsfarm.org

At Lambs Farm, we currently need PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies for our staff to use while caring for participants. If volunteers are asking how they can help, please forward this request.
Lambs Farms needs: gloves, goggles, gowns, alcohol, thermometers.
Please send supplies directly to: Lambs Farm, Attn Vicky Raier or Katie Bouwens, 14245 Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL 60048

Clearbrook
Clearbrook.org

Masks needed. If you (or anyone you know) is able to sew, here are instructions on how to sew a mask. We have the filter inserts, but we do need help sewing these masks.  If you are able to help with the masks, please let Shama Valame know by e-mailing her at svalame@clearbrook.org  The mask can be dropped off or shipped to 1815 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights IL. 60005. Thank you!!

 

Center for Enriched Living
Centerforenrichedliving.org

Make a personal connection with Center for Enriched Living (CEL) members and make a real difference in their lives with CEL’s #PanPals.Many of these members have limited interaction with family members on a regular basis, and with the Coronavirus that has been compounded. With CEL’s programs transitioning to virtual, they now don’t have access to the friends and support they rely on.

Simply click https://www.centerforenrichedliving.org/panpals/ and choose a member (or members) to send a letter, card or picture to and let them know you’re thinking of them. You can also support our efforts to combat social isolation and keep our members connected by donating here.  Your gifts are what allow our staff to keep working so they can deliver virtual programs for those with online access.

New Trier Township Food Pantry
793 Elm Street, Winnetka, 60093 847-446-8203

URGENT NEED! Our local New Trier Township pantry has a very diminished stock of food and paper supplies. Now more than ever, pantry users are in need of help. The pantry is eager to continue to serve these families in need. Donations of either checks or cash will help pantry staff purchase exactly what is needed. Checks should be addressed to New Trier Township Angel Fund, Inc.. Or, donate any non-perishable foods and paper goods MTW &F (closed Thursdays) between 10am and 2pm. As the township offices are on lock-down, you must call Brian Leverenz in advance 847-446-8203 and set up a drop off. Something you could also do is organize a food drive with your friends and neighbors. Leave a note at your neighbors’ giving them a specific day and time you will pick up donations and then set up with Brian Leverenz the date and time you will drop off. Terrific family project while you’re all homebound together. Plan it out!

 

Counseling Center of the North Shore (CCNS)
992 1/2 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093 (847) 446-7787

The Counseling Center of the North Shore’s clinical staff is operating remotely, proving telehealth therapy sessions via HIPAA-compliant videoconference and telephone (www.ccns.org). However, the Winnetka Thrift Shop, the primary source of funding for CCNS, is temporarily closed. You can support CCNS in two ways: 1. Make a donation online at www.ccns.org/donate, and 2. Purchase Winnetka Thrift Shop items online at Poshmark.com, ebay.com, and soon the Winnetka Thrift Shop’s online store. Information at www.winnetkathriftshop.org.

 

Beacon Place
603 S. McAlister, Waukegan, IL  (847) 497-5787

We are collecting food right now to distribute to our families here in Waukegan. With the shutdown of restaurants and bars, many of our families are not going to be paid for several weeks.  We are in need of shelf stable food like canned goods, pasta, rice, beans, etc.  All donations can be dropped off at our center located at 603 S. McAlister, Waukegan, IL p.(847) 497-5787

If anyone has any questions they may call Barbara LaFasto, Co-Founder of Beacon Place (847) 609-6768.

 

Family Focus of Evanston
2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201 847.475.7570

IMMEDIATE NEED – Help Line of Technical Support for parents in their after school program who are struggling with e-learning – either access or knowing what to do. Looking for volunteers who could form an online help resource.

Our early childhood team and DCFS team are receiving calls from families who have lost their jobs or hours have been severely cut who are in desperate

need of diapers, formula, food. They are loading their cars with what we have on hand and making deliveries. We could use some help with the purchasing and delivering of these items. Our teams are getting worn out. Colette Allen. Director of Evanston, Family Focus – Evanston, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston IL, 60201, Ph: 847.475.7570

 

Meals on Wheels
847-316-1337

Currently our greatest needs are donations of hand sanitizer and financial support. Please consider a gift of either. If you are able to help with hand sanitizer please call our office (we are working remotely – calls are being forwarded to the Volunteer Coordinator at 847-316-1337 to make arrangements for drop off. If you are able to assist with a monetary gift please go to our website https://mealsonwheelsnei.org/donate

 

Bernie’s Book Bank
917 N Shore Dr, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 (847) 780-7323

Use your time at home to sort through children’s books (ages birth through 6th grade) that you no longer need and donate to Bernie’s Book Bank

 

A Just Harvest

A Just Harvest is not open for sit down meals and has suspended its food pantry until further notice. Volunteer orientations are also suspended.With the help of our partners, our nightly hot meal is being offered “to-go” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.This also means that opportunities for on-site volunteers are greatly reduced at this time.

**HOWEVER, we could use help in the purchasing, ordering and/or delivering of supplies. (please find LIST here). Financial gifts are crucial in sustaining our work in this crisis. (please DONATE here).

 

The Sports Shed

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the NCAA Tournament cancelation, the Sports Shed Bracket Challenge has been cancelled. We are thinking of all athletes and families who are facing sickness, disappointment and hardship at this time.  If you would like to still donate to make summer AAU basketball possible for girls in programs like Lady Reign Basketball please do so below.

Lady Reign gives 80 girls on six teams the opportunity to compete in tournaments that set them up for higher level of play and possible scholarship opportunities.

 

Refugee One

Refugee One is doing everything it can to help families navigate healthcare, mitigate loss of wages, and remain in their homes. Meanwhile, we continue offering our regular services to the fullest extent possible while staff works remotely. Visit our website to learn how we’re supporting refugees impacted by the virus.You’ll also find resources for volunteers and information about how you can help.
Refugee One has no doubt our community will weather this storm together. They’ve already been so encouraged by the way friends like you are stepping up to support refugees at this time. However, your support is needed to ease the burdens of refugees experiencing the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19. Please consider a gift today.

 

The Josselyn Center
847-441-5600 x 1

Affordable Tele-Mental Health Services. We are here for you by Zoom or phone: Call 847-441-5600 x 1 to schedule an appointment. Tele-psychiatry • Tele-therapy-Case management • The Living Room (ages 18+) • Supported employment (ages 18+)

Our Living Room is a free service staffed by Peer Specialists. To talk with our Peer Specialists, call 847-496-3170 Monday-Friday between 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm.Josselyn accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance, and we have a sliding fee scale. If you have other medical questions, please consult with your primary care physician or pediatrician.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME

Setting Up Zoom info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPlbiZUSoW4

Thank you Women’s Exchange  for this Zoom help: Click Here for a Helpful YouTube re: Using Zoom

Tips and Technology Suggestions for Working at Home and More from Executive Service Corps

https://mailchi.mp/execservicecorps/workathomewithkids?e=ee3f53ffd5

Supporting Families During COVID-19

https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

What to do if you have been exposed:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity —  and for being a part of our volunteer community.
Stay healthy and safe.

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