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

Blood Donations Needed

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. To put it bluntly, the demand for blood is constant. Vitalant needs your help to ensure there is blood available for patients in need. The response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused schools, businesses and places of worship to cancel upcoming blood drives. This is putting our blood supply at risk. Right now, there is an urgent need for healthy donors to continue to donate blood to ensure hospital patients have what they need to survive. Patients cannot wait for coronavirus to go away. An available blood supply is critical for them as they undergo cancer treatment, surgeries or fight traumatic injuries. If you are healthy and eligible to donate, please consider donating blood, platelets, plasma or red cells to help these patients. Donating blood only takes one hour and we have 17 community donation centers in the Chicagoland area. If you are able to donate, please visit www.vitalant.org or call 877.25VITAL and schedule your donation today. Vitalant is absolutely committed to safety for patients, donors and our communities. Learn more about Vitalant’s response to coronavirus. Thank you for your dedication to helping patients who need donated blood to survive, heal and recover.

Arlington Heights, IL

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

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. Donors' gifts will go even further because the District 214 Foundation board committed a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match on the first $10,000 raised. During the 214Cares' campaign's first week, donors contributed $40,000+. 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

PADS Volunteer

JOURNEYS | The Road Home is in urgent need of volunteers. Since we are a social service agency for the homeless, we are required to stay open, however, we have shelters that are closing due to the virus and lack of volunteers. We are looking for all volunteers, new and current that are under 60 years old. We have put that rule in place since the CDC recommended that the 60 and older population takes social distancing more seriously, since they are more susceptible. JOURNEYS | The Road Home provides overnight shelter to homeless individuals and families in the North and Northwest Cook County area through the PADS program. There are 18 PADS site locations that operate Monday - Sunday from 7:00pm - 7:00am. The shifts and opportunities available are listed below: Setup (6:00pm - 7:00pm) 1st Shift (6:30pm - 11:00pm)- Meal Serving, Checking in clients/guests, etc. 2nd Shift (11:00pm - 3:00am) - Admit late approvals, prepare lunches, monitor the site and sleeping guests, etc. 3rd shift (3:00am - 7:00am) - Monitor the site and sleeping guests, make coffee, wake up clients/guests, etc. Clean Up (6:00am - 7:00am) We have canceled all in-person orientations and have created an electronic orientation, so when you express interest, you will be forwarded the presentation.

Palatine, IL

Front Desk Assistant

JOURNEYS | The Road Home is in urgent need of volunteers. Since we are a social service agency for the homeless, we are required to stay open. Front Desk volunteers at the HOPE Center under 60 years old are needed. We have put that rule in place since the CDC recommended that the 60 and older population takes social distancing more seriously, since they are more susceptible. Join our dedicated team of volunteers who are the first to welcome our clients into the HOPE Center. Front Desk Assistants are responsible for general office tasks such as greeting clients, serving meals, assisting the HOPE Center case managers, filing, etc. Don't have any office experience? That's fine, we will have one of our very talented current volunteers show you the ropes! We are looking for all volunteers, new and current. We have canceled all in-person orientations and have created an electronic orientation, so when you express interest, you will be forwarded the presentation.

Palatine, 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

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. 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 here: https://shelterinc.salsalabs.org/Shelter FamilyCrisisFundDonationForm/. Needed items (such as toilet paper, diapers, or cleaning supplies) can be purchased online and sent to us directly through our AmazonSmile Charity List here: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/1BYNA2GUELQAO/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl 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

Home Delivered Meals Driver

Drivers for Palatine Township are needed Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10:30 am - 12:00 pm to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Drivers will pick up the meals at the Palatine senior center and deliver to clients within Palatine Township. Contact Guiselle Vega at 847-991-1112 ext. 227 to make a difference in your community today.

Palatine, IL

Masks and Gloves Donations Needed

The Children's Advocacy Center needs your help! Our Forensic and Advocacy Services team continues to conduct interviews and meet with families in emergency and urgent abuse cases. The CDC now recommends that everyone wear masks and gloves, and we currently have none. Please help our staff and the children and families we serve stay safe by donating masks and gloves to the center, which is located at 640 Illinois Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. Here is a sewing template for our craftier supporters who would like to sew masks. We appreciate your help! https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/04/04/coronavirus-face-mask-tips-how-make-fabric-instructions/2945209001/

Hoffman Estates, IL

Food Pantry and Care Package Donations-Schaumburg Twp

We have a great need for donations to our food pantry at the moment. Our pantry has ramped up service and we are doing a drive thru OR home delivery option based on a person’s circumstance. Paper products and cleaning supplies are in serious demand (including toilet paper). We are also looking for care packages for older adults who might be isolated (things like books, decks of cards, puzzles, word search books, adult coloring books, etc.). We have limited our building access to staff only to help with containment. Your contributions would be most appreciated. You could prepare a package, or bring bulk items like books and we can assemble.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Create masks for our clinicians

JourneyCare needs volunteers to sew masks that will help our clinical teams prevent infection in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These handmade masks will be used in conjunction with personal protective equipment (PPE – surgical masks and N95 respirators) that are in high demand, thus extending the life of this equipment and helping protect the safety of patients and staff. If you have questions, please contact JourneyCare Volunteer Linda Kielas at Lkielas@journeycare.org. Step 1: Download our approved sewing instructions and donation information below Click here to download instructions Step 2: Watch this instructional how-to video (from YouTube)

Barrington, IL

Help Replenish Supplies

Connections for the Homeless is open and needs your help more than ever. Our supplies are going quickly. Donate extra travel-sized tolietries and pump hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, and other cleaning supplies. Donate ponchos, umbrellas, men and women's underwear, adult socks, spring jackets, hand warmers Donate shelf stable items (especially canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, canned ravioli, soups/stews, frozen chicken, canned fruit, eggs, etc.) to help keep participants and food insecure community members fed Please Express Interest below to confirm needs and drop-off information. Thank you for your support!

Evanston, 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

Shop for WINGS online

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

Online Ambassador

Want to help kids and families achieve social and emotional health while you're practicing social distancing? Sign up to be an online ambassador for our organization! Lovingly referred to as "Bridge Connectors", our online ambassadors help spread the word about the vital work The Bridge Youth and Family Services does in the community. Follow us on Facebook, like and share our posts, read and forward our emails--these small but mighty virtual actions all really add up and allows our counselors to continue to provide crisis and counseling services to youth and their families. Express Interest and we'll follow up with an email on how to get started. This is a virtual volunteering opportunity.

Group Home Pen-Friend

Looking for a way to help? If so we have a wonderful way for you to bring some joy to our residents while they are self-quarantining. Our Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) program is inviting you to become a CILA Pen-Friend by sending cards to our group homes. If interested, you can indicate in your card that you would like our residents to send you a card back. You can send your cards, drawings or letters to the following address: Attn. CILA Activity Managers 1815 W. Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005