Urgent Volunteer Needs: COVID-19 Relief

Today, nonprofit organizations are facing additional challenges in light of the current coronavirus crisis. In support of our Community Partners, HandsOn Suburban Chicago is providing this list of needs. We will be adding to and updating as more information is received. If you have questions about these specific volunteer needs, please contact the agency directly.

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Urgent Community Partner Needs: COVID-19 Relief

Sew Masks for Inserts

We have the filter inserts, but we do need help sewing these masks. We are currently serving over 400 individuals residentially in approximately 60 homes. If you (or anyone you know) is able to sew, here are instructions on how to sew a mask. If you are able to help with the masks, please let Shama Valame know by e-mailing her at svalame@clearbrook.org. We will be accepting mask donations at our main location Monday – Friday 10:00am-2:00pm The address of our office location is 1835 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights IL We are still running low on toilet paper.

Arlington Heights, IL

Masks for Medical Advocacy

Northwest CASA is in need of donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support our Medical Advocacy program. Advocates are responsible for providing in person support to victims of sexual violence in Emergency Rooms across the North/Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. We are currently in need of the following items: Hand Sanitzer Surgical Grade Gloves N95 Masks/Filters Hand-Sewn Masks (Please be sure to use neutral patterns and materials) Any and all help is truly appreciated!

Arlington Heights, IL

Support High School District 214 students and their families in need

District 214 Education Foundation has launched the 214Cares Emergency Fund. Community members are invited and encouraged to donate to this emergency fund online at 214foundation.org. All gifts will go directly to District 214 students and families based on the guidance and recommendations of school staff. These dollars may support housing needs, utility needs, basic living needs, academic needs and more. Donations have helped us raise nearly $100,000 and disbursed over $78,000 so far, helping nearly 300 families. But the needs are on pace to far outweigh what has been collected. We are continuing this campaign to continuously address and help with housing, transportation, food and academic needs of our D214 students and their families. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Illinois, about 30 percent of District 214 students were living in poverty. District administrators and the Education Foundation are now aware of heightened needs created by lost jobs, a loss of normalcy and difficulty in meeting basic needs. This is where the community can help in a direct manner. All gifts are tax-deductible, and donors will receive receipts.

Arlington Heights, IL

DONATE Food for Food Connection Program

Donate food to our Food Connection Program, which is in desperate need of supplies. Assist low to moderate income families in the Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. No donation is too small! Here is a list of ideas that can be donated, but it is not limited to such: Cooking/Baking: Flour, Sugar, Vinegar, Tomato Sauces Sides: Whole Wheat Pasta, Stuffing, Brown Rice Soups/Canned Items: Fruits, Vegetables, Spaghettios, Ravioli, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna packed in water Breakfast: Oatmeal, Low Sugar/High Fiber Cereal Condiments: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Olive, Canola, Vegetable Oil, Jelly-low sugar, Salad Dressings, Peanut Butter, Pickles Miscellaneous· 100% Juice, Whole Wheat Crackers

Mount Prospect, IL

Donation Needs

In order to keep all of our operations running, JOURNEYS | The Road Home needs your help! Items needed are small denomination gift cards for client needs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, bottled water and kitchen supplies listed on the JOURNEYS Amazon Wishlist. If you are able, we would appreciate this much needed and valued support. Monetary donations are the most needed at this time to meet the unique needs this situation brings.

Palatine, IL

HOPE Center Volunteer

Shift times: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 10:30am and 12:00pm to 2:00pm (Volunteers may be switching off between the Food Pantry, Clothing Closet and Board Room, depending on need) 1-2 volunteers per shift Description: -Prepackaging bags for clients using “mobile” services (for housed clients and those without housing) to hand out at center and to be dropped off at the hotels -Organizing Food Pantry, Clothing Closet and Board Room -Putting together other essential items as requested by staff Volunteers will need to complete an orientation, which will be sent electronically after you Express Interest below.

Palatine, IL

Wheeling Township Food Pantry *Donations only needed. Volunteers not needed *

During this critical time, donations to the Food Pantry are welcome and appreciated. Volunteers in the Food Pantry are not needed at this time. The Wheeling Township Food Pantry is remaining open to serve the community. We are dispensing pre-packed bags of food. Donations are accepted Mon-Fri from 9:00-4:00. A cart is stationed at the west entrance (parking lot side), as the doors to the building remain locked due to COVID-19. If there is no staff in the hallway, please ring the doorbell so that your donations can be retrieved. The list of most needed items are: Beans Cereal Fruit Mac & cheese Meat/protein (ravioli, chili, beef stew, etc.) Potatoes (boxed liked mashed, scalloped, au gratin, etc.) Soups (not broth) Stuffing Tuna *** Monetary Donations should be made to Wheeling Township Emergency Fund, Inc. ***

Arlington Heights, IL

Provide Donations from Home

The children and families we serve at Shelter, Inc. need gift cards to purchase basic items like food, toilet paper, diapers and wipes. Gift cards from major retailers like Jewel, Aldi, Target, Walmart and Amazon can be purchased online and sent to us via email at shelter@shelter-inc.org. Gift cards sent via email can be used immediately to purchase needed items or sent directly to families in need. Donate to our Family Crisis fund Needed items (such as toilet paper, diapers, or cleaning supplies) can be purchased online and sent to us directly through our AmazonSmile Charity List With all the changes that are happening in our world right now, there is one thing that is constant: Shelter is here 24 hours a day 365 days a year for our community. If you are able, please help us today provide for the most vulnerable in our community. We are in this together.

Arlington Heights, IL

Palatine Township Food Pantry

The Palatine Township Food Pantry is remaining open to serve the community and will continue to accept donations. We rely on and appreciate all nonperishable donations. Food drives are always needed to keep our shelves stocked, but each and every individual donation adds up, enabling us to fulfill our mission. Any donation will be appreciated! Need immediately: Snacks (crackers/chips/etc.) Peanut Butter and Jelly Spaghetti Sauce Recurring donations needed: Coffee 100% Juice Bottles or Boxes Pancake Mix and Pancake Syrup Granola Bars Oatmeal Condiments – Ketchup, Mustard, Salad Dressing, Mayonnaise Pasta Sauce Baby Wipes Disposable Diapers (Size 5 and 6) Liquid Dish Soap Laundry Soap Cleaning Products Personal Products (shampoos, soap, feminine products) PAPER GROCERY BAGS gift cards to local food stores in $5, $10 & $20 increments Monetary donations are also appreciated and are fully tax deductible. The name of the charitable organization is the Palatine Township Needy Family Fund. As a member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, monetary donations are used to buy both nonperishable and fresh food in bulk at greatly reduced prices.

Palatine, IL

Donate New Socks and Underwear

School age kids in need of new socks and underwear for the new school year. Please consider donating sizes 4-18 for boys and girls NEW underwear and socks for elementary to high school students. Boys underwear should be boxers or boxer briefs only. Girls underwear can be all kinds, briefs only for little girls. Boys socks no-show to crew sizes, black is often requested. Girls socks no-show to ankle styles. Donations can be dropped off between 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday at the Community Resource Center at 1585 N Rand Rd, Palatine, IL Masks must be worn in building.

Palatine, IL

WEEKDAY Elk Grove and/or Schaumburg Township Meals Drivers

Home-Delivered Meals Drivers For Elk Grove and/or Schaumburg Townships (One Weekday per Week During Normal Business Week) Two hours a week is all it takes to help an older adult remain independent in their own home! Now, more than ever, Home-Delivered Meals drivers make a big difference in an older adult’s life. Last year our regular meals drivers delivered over 36,000 meals to at-risk, home-bound, older adults in Elk Grove Township and Schaumburg Townships. You use your vehicle to provide hot and nutritious meals, wellness checks and a friendly smile to home-bound older adults. Routes run during lunch hours. Routes are kept within 8 miles of your location in Elk Grove and/or Schaumburg Townships Each route takes about two hours to complete (from about 11:00 AM to 1 PM) Routes are driven during the normal business week (Mondays through Fridays; no weekends) (Kenneth Young Center is a local, community mental health and older adult services provider. For 50 years, we have served you and your neighbors to help them feel good, do better and find solutions. For more information, visit our website at www.kennethyoung.org )

Elk Grove Village, IL

Senior Food Handout

Volunteers are needed for packing and handing out food to seniors that come to the center to pick it up, or to other volunteers that deliver to those in need of delivery. It is a weekly opportunity to help a senior in need. When: Weekly on Wednesdays starting 8/5/20. Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. We are looking for two volunteers through the end of September. This opportunity replaces our senior lunch program that used to take place at the library.

Des Plaines, IL

Accepting Handmade Masks

Please consider donating to Addolorata Villa's Residents. We are in need of handmade masks for the residents. Drop off or Call Lynn Deger 847-808-6132 for more information.

Wheeling, IL

Masks for Seniors

Hanover Township Senior Services has an urgent need to find volunteers that are great with sewing and are willing to donate masks for our seniors. Express Interest below for delivery details.

Bartlett, IL

Home Delivered Meal Drivers for Tuesdays

Home Delivered Meal drivers are in HIGH needed on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (approx) to bring meals to home-bound seniors. Mileage reimbursement is available. Drivers will arrive at the senior center at 9:30 on your scheduled day to deliver the meals in a timely fashion. If client does not answer door, you will report to Nutrition Coordinator so that there can be a follow up to ensure that the client is OK. Home Delivered Meals and other senior meal delivery programs provide millions of meals to seniors throughout the United States each year. Through such programs, seniors who could not or would not otherwise eat properly are provided with services that help live a healthy and enjoyable life. A volunteer must be at least 21 years of age, have a vehicle in proper working order, clear driving record, proof of vehicle insurance, pleasant personality and excellent customer service. Must be able to lift 15-20 lbs and be capable of walking to and from your vehicle. Commitment is 2-4 hours per week. Orientation and training with existing volunteer is provided.

Bartlett, IL

Meals to Seniors in DuPage County

DuPage Senior Citizens Council is looking for volunteers to help deliver shelf stable meals to seniors in DuPage County. Directions provided but a GPS device would be helpful and there is a short orientation prior to assignment. Contact Cathy Jordan, Volunteer Services Director, at 630-746-0909

Lombard, IL

Protective Supplies Needed

At Lambs Farm, we currently need PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies for our staff to use while caring for participants. Supplies needed include: gloves goggles gowns alcohol thermometers Please send supplies directly to: Lambs Farm Attn: Vicky Raier or Katie Bouwens 14245 Rockland Road Libertyville, IL 60048

Libertyville, IL

Support to Continue Services

Home of the Sparrow is soliciting donations to address the immediate and long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep our doors open, to help the women and children of Home of the Sparrow and those who may need our services during this time. Donations can be made at https://www.hosparrow.org/donate/ Home of the Sparrow's mission is to provide Hope, Opportunity, and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Home of the Sparrow provides Transitional Shelter, Housing, Rental Assistance, Supportive Services, and also operates Community Threads Thrift Store in Arlington Heights, and 7 Sparrows Nest Thrift Stores in Cary, Palatine, McHenry, Mundelein, Third Lake, Woodstock, Algonquin.

McHenry, IL

Shelter Needs Wish List

Home of the Sparrow has an updated list of needs for its shelters. Donated items must be new. Please call to schedule an appointment before you drop off items at administrative office.

McHenry, IL

Shop for WINGS online

Updated needs! You can shop for specific needed items from our WINGS Wish List on Amazon and have it shipped straight to our office. If you prefer to shop at a different store online, please purchase items from the list below and ship them to our Main Office: WINGS Program, Inc. Attention: Tabitha 5104 Tollview Drive, Suite B Rolling Meadows, IL 60008