Loving our neighbors in this season
With many in our community struggling in the midst of the COVID-19 closures and quarantines, we have unique opportunities to continue sharing the love of Christ through giving and serving. Below are links to the most up-to-date needs of several of our local ministry partners, and directions on how to meet those needs.
Lazarus House: https://lazarushouse.net/urgent-needs/
World Relief: https://worldreliefdupageaurora.org/donate-goods-0
Mutual Ground: https://www.mutualground.org/ways-to-help/wish-list/
Carroll Tower: Bring a paper grocery bag with two rolls of toilet paper, hand soap/sanitizer/or cleaning wipes, a roll of paper towels, and a few shelf-stable grocery items (pasta, pasta sauce, canned soup, etc.) along with a note or card of encouragement to a Carroll Tower resident, to the South St. Campus office on Tuesday from 12pm-2pm or Wednesday/Thursday from 9-11am (clearly label the bag “Carroll Tower”).
Batavia Apartments: Families living at Batavia Apartments are in need of cleaning supplies and personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) Drop off donations at the Batavia Apartments main office (1259 E. Wilson Street, Batavia).
Greencastle Apartments: The senior residents of Greencastle Apartments in North Aurora are in need of bread, eggs, milks, canned soups, paper products, sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and puzzle books. You can bring donations directly to Greencastle, or learn about neighborhood collections here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1826951767633703/
Serve a Neighbor Sign-Up: Are you willing to “adopt” a neighbor during this time? This would involve serving in ways such as being matched with a family or individual who has indicated they are in need, reaching out to that family, and helping to practically meet those needs (delivering groceries, bringing donations from Shepherd’s Heart, writing notes of encouragement, etc.) Fill out this form to let us know you are interested!
Notes of Encouragement: We are including notes of encouragement along with many of the food pantry donations and supplies being sent to our local partners. If you would like to write or draw an encouragement note, please mail it to 2300 South St., Geneva, IL 60134, or scan and email it to email@example.com.
Fox Valley Christian Action: Even in this season of quarantine, there are creative ways to continue serving physically with our ministry partners. All are invited to participate in spring clean-up projects at the FVCA Riverwoods Campus in St. Charles, to prepare the facility for summer camp sessions. Families can serve up for individual, hour-long volunteer slots (one family per hour) any day of the week. Email Phil, FVCA Facilities Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to reserve a time for your family to serve.
Marklund Hyde Center: While volunteers are not able to be physically present at Marklund during this time, there are still ways to serve and encourage the residents:
- Record a video of you reading a book, singing a song or even doing a dance that can be shared (email email@example.com).
- Volunteer to participate in a virtual Zoom meeting with the residents on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Geneva campus.
- Sending letters or cards
- Making posters to hang in residential windows
- Creating banners for Marklund residents and staff to install outside buildings.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Questions? Contact Janae at email@example.com