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Be a Helper

Updated: May 1, 2020

If you're at home, there are still a range of opportunities for you to continue to support your neighbors. As Governor JB Pritzker reiterated in his Thursday press conference, grocery stores and pharmacies across the state will remain open. It's important we get what we need, but not more than we can use. At the same time, in the 14th District we always have neighbors who worry about where they will sleep and how they will get their next meal.

*Please note: under Gov. Pritzker's EO 2020-10, nonprofit social service organizations and their staff and volunteers are considered an essential services. Please practice social distancing, hand washing, and cleaning commonly used services.*

Here are some small ways you can help your neighbors meet their basic needs:

1) Support Cook County Health:

You can donate to support patients and their families here.

You can donate meals to hospital staff and healthcare workers by emailing Jack Daley at

You can donate PPE (including masks, hand sanitizer, eye protection, disinfecting wipes, and gloves) by emailing Dan Ruiz at

2) Give meals to Glenbrook Hospital's Emergency Department. You can sign up to donate a meal from a restaurant here. Please consider supporting a local restaurant as well, a list of restaurants offering delivery is here.

3) WINGS: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence: You can find the critical needs list here.

Drop off or ship donations to P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL 60095. You can also call: (847) 519-7820

4) Journeys: The Road Home: Monetary donations are the most needed at this time to meet the unique needs this situation brings, in additional to small space heaters. Other 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.

5) Meals on Wheels of Northeast Illinois: Meals on Wheels is seeking donations of hand sanitizer, you can read more here. You can also make a donation here.

6) Northwest Compass: You can find that pantry's wishlist here. In addition you can make a monetary donation for eviction prevention, crisis housing needs and purchasing food on discounted price

For more, please contact

7) Northfield Township Food Pantry: Currently, the Northfield Township Food Pantry is need of cereal, oatmeal, canned vegetabes, canned tuna and chicken and soups (other than chicken noodle). You can find the pantry's food needs list here.

Drop off donations at 2550 Waukegan Rd Ste 100 , Glenview, IL 60025. You can also call: (847) 724-8300 x26

The pantry is also still taking volunteers, you can sign up here. Finally, you can donate to the pantry here.

8) Palatine Township Food Pantry: Currently, Palatine Township Food Pantry's needs include coffee, condiments such as ketchup, salad dressing and mayonnaise, snack crackers, chips, granola bars, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly and spaghetti sauce. You can find the pantry's food needs list here.

Drop off donations at 721 S. Quentin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. You can also call: 847-358-6700

9) Wheeling Township Food Pantry: Currently, the Wheeling Township Food Pantry's needs include beans, cereal, coffee, condiments, Jell-O, pancake mix, spaghetti sauce, as well as toiletries such as conditioner, deodorant, diapers, shampoo and toothbrushes.

You can find the pantry's food needs list here.

Drop off donations at 1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. You can also call: 847-259-7730

10) Donate Blood at Glenbrook Hospital: If you're feeling healthy, you can donate blood to ensure that our hospitals have enough blood available for patients. Glenbrook Hospital has blood donation hours Tuesday-Thursday from 8am-3pm. Additional precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of donors.

11) Home of the Sparrow: This resource for women and children experiencing homelessness has been part of the community since 1987. Currently, the organization is in need of monetary donations, and items off of the shelter wish list.

12) The Josselyn Center: is continuing to provide tele-mental health services to clients. They have also expanded their services to provide free mental healthcare to first responders and hospital workers. You can donate to support these services via the Health and Hope fund here.

13) Serve Illinois: A statewide resource for those who are healthy and looking for a way to give back to the community.

14) Illinois COVID Response Fund: Gov. Pritzker along with the United Way of Illinois have established a coordinated donation fund for Illinoisans.

15) Maine Township Food Pantry: Currently, the Maine Township Food Pantry is in need of macaroni & cheese, cereal, juice boxes, canned tuna, plain rice and canned fruit. A full list of needs can be found here.


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